According to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, drinking pomegrante juice could increase the quality and quantity of your sperm.
The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of pomegranate juice (PJ) consumption on sperm quality, antioxidant activity and testosterone level of male healthy rats.
The pomegrante juice used in the study was 100% pure, pasteurised pomegranate juice (from Elite Natural Beverage Co., Ankara, Turkey.) -imagine what the results would have been like had the juice been REALLY natural and not pasteurised? I can only imagine a lot better.
Anyway, twenty-eight healthy adult male Wistar rats (eight weeks old) participated (without being asked) and were randomnly divided into four groups:
- Only 1 mL distilled water was administered to rats in the first group, and they served as control.
- 0.25 mL Pomegranate Juice (PJ) plus 0.75 mL distilled water was given to rats in the second group, and named PJ-low.
- The third group received 0.50 mL PJ plus 0.50 mL distilled water, and named PJ-middle.
- Only 1 mL PJ was given to rats in the fourth group, and also named PJ-high.
Sperm concentration of rats in high dose PJ group was significantly higher than those in the low dose PJ group.
Testosterone levels and antioxidant activity in the rats treated with low, middle or high doses of PJ were similar to those of the control group. However, vitamin C activity in rats administered with high PJ compared to the low PJ and control group was significantly high.
By means of the antioxidant activity of the pomegranate juice, improvements observed in the sperm quality may be attributed to the prevention of excessive generation of free radicals. A noticeable reduction in abnormal sperm rate as well as an increase in sperm motility and concentration was observed in the PJ groups.
One could surmise that drinking or eating other natural foods high in antioxidant activity could have the same effect, if not better – imagine what effect broccoli has?
All of you wanting babies: make sure this is in your arsenal!
Türk, G., Sönmez, M., Aydin, M., Yüce, A., Gür, S., Yüksel, M., Aksu, E.H., Aksoy, H. (2008) Effects of pomegranate juice consumption on sperm quality, spermatogenic cell density, antioxidant activity and testosterone level in male rats, Journal of Clincal Nutrition – Published online ahead of print.
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