Pomegranate juice increases testosterone level and sperm quality

  1. Pomegranate juice increases testosterone level and sperm quality

    Move over broccoli, move over tomato puree. There’s a new star on the super-food firmament: pomegranate juice. According to in-vitro and animal studies, pomegranate juice may reduce arthritis and cancer, and there is even a human study that says that pomegranate juice protects men against impotence.

    Researchers at the Turkish Firat University went one step better. They published the results of an experiment in which they show that pomegranate improves sperm quality and slightly raises the level of testosterone in rats.

    The Turks’ main interest is artificial insemination and they want to know whether they can get better sperm to be produced by adjusting nutrition.

    Every day for seven weeks the researchers fed the rats a little pomegranate juice through a tube in their mouth. A control group received only water; three pomegranate groups were given 0.25, 0.5 or 1 ml of pomegranate juice. The groups were called PJ-low, PJ-middle and PJ-high. The table below shows the improvement in the quality of the rats’ sperm after a seven-week juice diet.

    Sperm cells themselves and the cells that make sperm and testosterone contain a lot of unsaturated fatty acids. These are susceptible to oxidation. Pomegranate juice, the researchers discovered, caused an increased production of natural anti-oxidants in the sperm and blood of the rats. These probably protect the vulnerable fatty acids against oxidation.

    In both the blood and the sperm, the concentration of malondialdehyde – a marker for fat oxidation – decreased in the rats that got pomegranate juice. A natural anti-oxidant that increases considerably in concentration as the result of supplements is catalase.

    That this protective effect against oxidation also has an effect on testosterone production is shown below

    Clin Nutr. 2008 Apr;27(2):289-96

  2. 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.

  3. the Armenians have known this for century

  4. good post... thats pretty interesting...

  5. Pure Pomegranate here in the UK costs loads
    “We are what we repeatedly do. Therefore, excellence is not an act, but a habit.”

  6. ellagic acid is also in pomegranate and in lgsciences products...

    i bought high extract pom juice with blueberry ext, strawberry ext, and just a whole bunch of fruit extracts mainly pom tho, got it from gnc on the clearance shelf. I also have pom extract caps that i intend on using in pct. they are know for being very high in ORAC value as great antioxidants.


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