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11 Herbs To Increase Sperm Count Naturally


If you and your partner have difficulty conceiving and your male fertility test indicates some worrisome results, then fret not. Unfortunately, problems related to fertility are quite a common issue among the masses these days.

One in every six couples [1]might suffer from this issue. Furthermore, one in every three cases might be due to fertility issues in the male partner.

There are many causes of male fertility, like smoking, drinking, and other unhealthy lifestyle habits. Though it may be difficult to recover from these issues, there are specific methods of improving fertility.

One must address if male infertility could be related to low sperm count, poor quality, or bad motility of the sperm.

Different methods include pills, exercises, lifestyle changes, and foods to improve male fertility. Improving your fertility may make a significant contribution to amplifying your chances of conception.

Out of the different ways to improve sperm count and fertility, the best ones include natural options. These options include a good workout schedule, a healthy diet, and certain natural herbs.

This article will acquaint you with some natural herbs that could help positively impact your sperm motility, sperm count, and more.

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Herbs To Increase Sperm Count

  1. Ashwagandha

    Also referred to as Withania Somnifera, Ashwagandha is an Ayurvedic herb used in India for several purposes since immemorial.

    This herb has been a part of the traditional Indian medicine called Ayurveda. Although many aspects of this plant are used, most of the beneficial properties belong to the root of this plant.

    There are several benefits of Ashwagandha consumption for men. One of the significant reasons why Ashwagandha may help improve male sperm count and fertility is its stress-reducing capability.

    Stress could hurt male fertility. Also, chronic stress may even affect the testosterone and LH production levels in the male body, which are essential for sperm development.

    Different studies show how Ashwagandha could play a significant role in managing the stress levels and hence, truncating stress.

    One placebo-controlled study was conducted on 42 men who consumed 675 milligrams of Ashwagandha daily for approximately 90 days.

    This pilot study[2] showed how ashwagandha consumption regularly helped overstate fertility measures.

    Moreover, the 90-day supplementation of Ashwagandha amplified the sperm counts in these individuals by 167%, the semen volume by 53%, testosterone levels by 17%, and motility by 57%.

    These augmented figures were not found in people who received a placebo. Having said all that, one might want to note that there exist several Ashwagandha benefits for women as well.

  2. Shatavari

    Renowned for its rejuvenating and aphrodisiac properties[3], Shatavari is another excellent herb to include in your diet in case you have fertility issues.

    Besides being a potent spermatogenic medicine, this root could amplify[4] the seminal qualities because it can increase the sperm count in males.

    Additionally, it possesses anti-stress and anti-anxiety properties as well, which are crucial in treating male infertility issues.

  3. Gokshur (Tribulus Terrestris)

    Tribulus Terrestris also referred to as puncture vine or Gokshur is a medicinal herb that could be used to enhance fertility in males.

    To substantiate this fact, a study was conducted on men who had low sperm counts.

    This study[5] showed how the consumption of 6 grams of the Tribulus root twice a day for approximately 2 months helped to improve the libido and erectile function.

    Though this medicinal herb may not help to amplify your testosterone levels, it could enhance the libido-promoting effects of testosterone.

    The root of this plant has been used in traditional Chinese medicine as well as in Indian Ayurveda medicine for a long time.

    Moreover, in an in vitro study[6], the human sperm of 40 males were incubated with the extract of this herb.

    The results of this study showed how both the sperm count and motility were amplified.

  4. Shilajit

    Shilajit is another herb that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. This herb is a naturally occurring tar-like substance that is consumed as a supplement to bolster male fertility.

    According to a study[7] that was conducted on 28 men for 90 days, the consumption of Shilajit for this duration helped to increase the sperm count by 61%.

    Moreover, an augmentation in the sperm motility of approximately 12 to 17% was also observed.

    Another study related to the regular consumption of this medicinal herb found that the total testosterone levels rose by 23% and the free testosterone levels rose by 19%.

    Another method through which Shilajit may ameliorate male reproductive health is by its synergistic effects with CoQ10.

    Due to its various properties[8] like antioxidant activity and sporting mitochondrial function, CoQ10 could fuel cellular energy and hence amplify the sperm count and motility.

    Hence, no wonder how this herb could provide beneficial effects on the male reproductive system.

  5. Ginseng

    The two primary reasons behind male infertility could be low sperm count and low sperm motility. Sperm motility refers to the ability of the sperm to reach the egg.

    If this sperm motility in the males is low, the sperm may not be able to reach the egg. Hence, it is crucial to address these issues to ameliorate your overall fertility.

    Here comes the role of another medicinal herb, known as ginseng. Ginseng has several benefits as it could amplify[9] your sex drive and may also help in issues like erectile dysfunction and overall sexual function.

    This study[10] on ginseng’s effects on semen quality parameters showed that it could augment the sperm count, ameliorate the sperm quality, and preserve the ejaculated sperms.

    Hence, it can improve your sexual performance. Moreover, out of the two varieties of ginseng, you may consume American ginseng to address your infertility issue.

    You might either drink ginseng tea regularly or include ginseng supplements in your diet.

  6. Safed Musli

    Safed Musli or white gold is part of the Indian system of Ayurveda. The root extract of this herb helps to evade any impairments in the characteristics and morphology of the sperms.

    Due to this, it could evade the amplification of oxidative stress and free radical levels of the sperms in different conditions like diabetes, according to this research[11].

    The major reason this herb helps in ameliorating male fertility is that it could maintain the sperm antioxidant level due to the capability of its root extract related to free radical scavenging activity as per the study[12].

  7. Kapikachchhu

    Kapikachchhu is also called ‘kapikacho’, ‘kevach’, ‘cowhage plant’, or ‘Mucuna pruriens’.

    It is one of the most popular medicines used in the Ayurvedic system to treat male infertility issues.

    The study[13] shows that it could help to amplify the secretion of semen and even act as an aphrodisiac and restorative.

    Moreover, this herb also helps to combat stress which may influence fertility in males.

  8. Amalaki

    Besides elevating the testosterone levels, Amalaki may mitigate the fluctuation in sperm motility and count.

    Moreover, this herb could even play a significant role in evading testicular damage and stopping heavy metal mutagenesis.

    In common words, Amalaki is also known as Amla or Indian gooseberry. It is one of the most robust and rejuvenating herbs and in Sanskrit, the word Amalaki refers to “the sustainer”.

    Moreover, this herb is also a good source[14] of natural antioxidants and has high levels of vitamin C which could ameliorate your immune system.

    One of the best ways to consume this herb is to mix its powder in water and drink it once or twice daily, or according to the instructions of your healthcare provider.

  9. Swedish Pollen Flower

    Widely used in Europe and Asia, the major function of the Swedish pollen flower could be to maintain[15] normal prostate cell function and promote healthy urine flow.

    Apart from this, this herb may even increase the quantity of your semen volume.

    As the name itself suggests, the Swedish pollen flower is a whisk of pollens from flowering plants that are concentrated into an extract form.

    The extract of the Swedish pollen flower could contain both fat-soluble as well as water-soluble pollens that may help to support the two different aspects of Prostrate health.

  10. Maca

    Scientifically known as Lepidium meyenii, maca root may even be referred to as Peruvian ginseng.

    This root is a plant native to Peru and has been used in the past to enhance male libido and fertility.

    Due to its recently gained popularity and long history, it comes both in the form of a capsule and powder.

    Moreover, Maca is a cruciferous vegetable and hence it is related to other common vegetables like kale, cauliflower, and broccoli.

    You could consume the edible and medicinal parts of the plant, which is its root, and you may consume it either in the form of a dried powder or liquid extract, or even a capsule.

    According to this pilot study[16] conducted on men, the consumption of 1500 or 300 milligrams of maca root after four months showed an improvement in the sperm motility count and volume.

  11. Saw Palmetto

    Saw Palmetto can improve different aspects of the male reproductive system and hence bolster the sexual health of males.

    Moreover, this herb has even been recognized to treat impotence and other physical disabilities that could be related to poor sexual health in males.

    Hence this herb could improve libido, prostate health and testicular atrophy in males.

    The major reason behind Saw Palmetto increasing their testosterone levels could be because it works by truncating the activity of 5-alpha reductase.

    The major function of this enzyme is to convert testosterone to DHT and hence preserve its levels.

    Moreover, in a study [17] conducted on rats, Saw Palmetto augmented muscle endurance, sperm count and testosterone synthesis by modifying hormone regulation.


So this was our list of the herbs that could help to overstate your sperm count and hence deal with any infertility issues. As we all know, infertility is a common issue that affects many men all over the globe.

However, all you could do to treat this issue is to improve your general health and use natural alternatives rather than depending on supplements.

Though there is no guaranteed fix, some herbs may help to deal with the low testosterone levels and hence heighten your sperm count.


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