Ginger is a flowering plant whose root is commonly used as a spice and a traditional medicine.
The list of traditional medicinal uses of ginger is very long, but most of these claims have not been tested by science.
However, one topic that has been researched is ginger’s effect on male fertility. Human and animal studies show that ginger can increase fertility and boost testosterone.
These researchers looked at the effect of ginger supplementation on semen parameters and hormones in infertile men.
The researchers recruited 75 men from fertility clinics across the country.
The researchers tested the men for more than one semen parameter prior to the study to get an accurate baseline reading of fertility.
Then the scientists treated the participants with ginger and re-tested their semen parameters.
And treatment with ginger led to a significant increase in sperm count.
Sperm count went up by as much as 16%.
But other measures showed that ginger did even more than just boost fertility. Ginger supplementation led to a massive boost in sperm motility.
There is also a significant boost in sperm viability. Sperm viability measures how much sperm is alive or effective.
Sperm morphology refers to the shape of the sperm seen under a microscope. Sperm with a normal shape have a much greater ability to fertilize an egg and ginger supplementation improved sperm morphology too.
Here’s another thing: Ginger raised the levels of testosterone by almost 20%.
Low testosterone is associated with belly fat, low muscle mass, heart disease, erection problems, you name it. While high testosterone gives men low belly fat, high muscle mass, improved heart function and strong erections.
There are 2 other key hormones to look out for regarding fertility and testosterone.
Luteinizing hormone tells the testicles to produce more testosterone. Ginger supplementation led to a significant increase in luteinizing hormone. This indicates that the testosterone boost was a natural and healthy one.
Follicle-stimulating hormone is key for the healthy production of sperm. Ginger supplementation significantly improved the levels of follicle-stimulating hormone.
These results indicate that ginger improves the health of testicles.
One of the major causes of testicular damage is chronic exposure to oxidative stress. Oxidative stress refers to rogue electrons that can damage cell walls and DNA.
Malondialdehyde is one of the best markers of oxidative stress. The researchers tested malondialdehyde before and after ginger treatment. Ginger lowered levels of damaging malondialdehyde.
Antioxidants decrease oxidative stress. They clean up the rogue electrons that can damage cells and DNA. The researchers tested for levels of a key antioxidant: glutathione.
Ginger supplementation was associated with a boost in protective glutathione levels.
It seems that ginger lowers oxidative stress in the testicles. This leads to a natural boost in both fertility and testosterone. Unfortunately, the study did not report how much ginger the participants used or for how long.
However, other researchers have done similar studies with rats. One rat study showed a similar effect on fertility using a human equivalent to 300mg of dried ginger per day.
While ginger has been shown to boost fertility in men, you should always consult a healthcare professional about treating and diagnosing all your health and fertility problems