Researchers have found that sesame could be the secret to boost male fertility. New research shows adding sesame to a man’s diet every day for three months increases sperm count and motility – their ability to “swim” properly.
Tests at the University of Medical Sciences in Isfahan, Iran, found infertile men who took a daily capsule containing sesame oil saw significant improvements in sperm health and male fertility.
The researchers recruited 25 infertile men. The results, published in the Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, found sperm counts doubled and motility improved significantly, although one patient dropped out due to diarrhoea from the capsules.
Sesame is thought to help fight oxidative stress, the process by which cells that produce sperm can be become damaged.
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Sesame and Your Diet?
Look for sesame seeds in the American diet, and you’re most likely to find them as an edible decoration sprinkled on a hamburger bun. But the tiny ivory-colored seeds may actually be one of the oldest condiments and, one of the most nutritious seeds, known to man.
A native of Asia, the nutty, slightly sweet seeds were first brought to the United States by African slaves who called them benne. Once grown in the South Carolina and Georgia Low Country, the seeds eventually became a popular ingredient in Southern cooking.
As well as having the power to boost male fertility, sesame seeds are high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, minerals such as copper, manganese and calcium, as well as a host of disease-fighting phytonutrients. They also contain sesaminol compounds, the precursors to lignans, phytoestrograns that are under study for their possible anti-cancer and cardioprotective powers. They also contain zinc, a mineral that ensures bone health and improves the immune system and reproductive health.
Ways to Add Sesame into Your Diet
- Sprinkle over salads
- Cook into your Stir Fry
- Coat over fish or chicken
- Sprinkle on breads or steamed veggies
- Substitute Tahini (sesame paste) instead of mayonnaise
- Use Tahini to make hummus or falafel with chickpeas
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