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Male Infertility? Goji
Male Infertility? GojiChinese physicians have long used goji berries (Gou Qi Zi) to treat male infertility. A study from Ningxia Medical College in Yinchuan, China, found that there is a scientific basis to the belief that goji berries enhance fertility.
(PRWEB) April 5, 2006 -- The scientists created a test-tube model to simulate the effects of overheating (hyperthermia) on the seminiferous tubules�the tubes through which sperm pass on their way to seek out the ovum. One of the first treatments for male infertility is advice for the man to wear boxers instead of briefs to allow the testicles to remain farther from the body, which in turn keeps them cooler. Too much heat hampers sperm production, but sometimes all that is required is to cool things off a bit, and fertility returns.
In their model of hyperthermia, these scientists found that overheating increased oxidative stress in the tubules. They theorized that this increased free-radical production was the culprit in decreasing sperm production. Goji acted as an antioxidant, which helped to reverse the effects of overheating on sperm production.
The Chinese call Goji the Matrimony Vine. It has been shown to increase the sperm count and the vitality of the sperm. It also has been used as an infertility herb and documented instances of conception with Goji as part of the diet for women with premature ovarian failure.
Research shows that Goji offers another option for treating female infertility in patients with Premature Ovarian Failure (POF).
Studies have shown an incrreased sperm count and sperm vitality after comsuming goji berries. This possibly could help male infertility by strengthing the sperm and the count.
There are reports from Goji users of increased libido after drinking Goji Juice.
While the active ingredients and the mechanism of action underlying Lycium's fertility-facilitating effects remain unknown, studies indicate the potential mechanism of action for this protective effect, and provide a scientific basis for the traditional use of this plant.