Monday, December 08, 2008

Honey Boosts Sperm Production

Effect of Palestinian Honey on Spermatogenesis in Rats
Journal of Medicinal Food, December 1, 2008, 11(4): 799-802.

Treatment of male albino rats with 5% honey for 20 days had no significant effect on total body weight or on the relative weight of other organs like the testis, seminal vesicles, spleen, kidneys, liver, heart, or brain.

The only significant change was a 17% increase in the relative weight of the epididymis. The relative weight of all the other organs was similar to those in control animals treated for the same period with drinking water.

Treatment of rats for the same period with the same concentration of 5% sucrose produced no significant changes in absolute or relative weight of tested organs compared to control animals.

The same treatment with Palestinian honey increased significantly the epididymal sperm count by 37%. The activity of testicular marker enzymes for spermatogenesis such as sorbitol dehydrogenase (SDH) was increased by 31%, and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) was reduced by 48%, which indicates that treatment with honey induces spermatogenesis. Similar treatment with sucrose had no significant effect on any of the key enzymes or epididymal sperm count.

In conclusion, our results show that ingestion of honey induces spermatogenesis in rats by increasing epididymal sperm count, increasing selectively the relative weight of the epididymis, and increasing SDH activity and reducing LDH activity.

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