3 Reasons Why Ashwagandha is a Powerful Natural Treatment for Male Infertility
1 - Ashwagandha boosts Testosterone (T) levels.
Commonly, infertile males tend to have lower testosterone levels in their bloodstream. Because testosterone is key to the production of mature and healthy sperm cells, having low T-levels significantly impacts a male’s ability to contribute to conception. Moreover, an optimal T-level is also necessary for releasing adequate seminal fluid which in turn supports the survival and motility of sperm cells.
According to a 2013 study published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Ashwagandha extract
results in higher T-levels and thus helps to maintain good sperm health.
2 -Ashwagandha reduces cortisol levels and regulates sperm production.
Undoubtedly, psychological stress is common among infertile males. The ongoing stress causes a sharp rise in the blood levels of cortisol, also called stress hormone. An increasing number of study suggests that having higher blood levels of cortisol can disrupt healthy sperm production by increasing oxidative stress and decreasing T-levels.
Ashwagandha not only boosts T-levels but also regulates sperm production by maintaining a healthy hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis. HPG axis is a complex network linking the brain’s hypothalamus, pituitary gland and testosterone-releasing gland. Any disruption in the HPG can result in a low sperm count.