(Natural News) Men may enhance their fertility by taking date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) pollen. A review published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine found that date palm pollen may help increase sperm count and motility. Date palm pollen is the male reproductive cells of palm flowers.
During ancient times, men and women used date palm pollen as a dietary supplement, particularly as an aphrodisiac and fertility enhancer. In Iran and Arabic countries, date palm pollen has been used to enhance male infertility. (Related: The history and constituents of the date palm, a favorite since ancient times.)
In the review, a team of researchers at Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran looked at the phytochemistry and pharmacological activities of date palm pollen and its effect on fertility disorders. The research team collected clinical trials evaluating the beneficial effects of date palm pollen in humans, as well as experimental studies assessing the reproductive effects of date palm pollen.
Date palm pollen contains compounds such as amino acids, fatty acids, flavonoids, saponins, and estroles. Experimental studies also demonstrated that date palm pollen increases sperm count and motility. In addition, it could improve sperm quality and reduce chemical-induced toxicity on the male reproductive system. Some studies also suggested that date palm pollen has beneficial effects on the female reproductive system as well. Phytochemical studies reported that date palm pollen contains sterol derivatives, flavonoids, and different amino acids, which may be responsible for these pharmacological activities.
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While date palm pollen may have some beneficial effects on reproductive health, more studies are needed to confirm these benefits. Based on these findings, the researchers concluded that date palm pollen may help enhance fertility, especially in men.
The fruit of the date palm tree also offers many health benefits. Here are some of them:
Date palm fruit can be easily added to your diet as they are versatile and delicious. There are many varieties of dates, but they are typically small in size and range in color from bright red to bright yellow. Dates are chewy and have a sweet taste. Dried dates have a wrinkled skin, while fresh dates have a smooth skin. They are often consumed with other foods like almonds, nut butter, or soft cheese.
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