Male infertility can be very difficult to deal with, especially when you’re trying to conceive. It is estimated that approximately eight percent of men seek medical help for male infertility associated problems. While male infertility can be caused due to a broad variety of reasons, there are many treatments available to address this issue like hormone therapy with testosterone, in vitro fertilisation and intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), among others. However, there is a natural and safer way of dealing with infertility — adding sesame seeds to your diet regularly could help in fighting against male infertility to an extent, though there are no guaranteed results, says Rajani Patankar, Ayurvedic Professor, Ayurved Mahavidyalaya & Seth R. V. Ayurved Hospital, Mumbai. In fact, traditional practitioners in India regularly prescribe this to fight male infertility.


Here’s how sesame helps

Sesame is packed with antioxidants and also has anti-estrogenic properties. In a study published in the Journal of Research in Medical Sciences in 2013, it was found that after 25 infertile men between the ages of 27-40 were given sesame powder orally (0.5 mg) for three months, they showed significant improvement in their sperm count [1]. In fact, the study further revealed that two of these men had successfully impregnated their partners without the help of IVF or any other fertility treatment, after consuming sesame for three months. Another male who was a part of the study managed to conceive after undergoing Intrauterine insemination (IUI), where a man’s sperm is placed inside the uterus when the woman is ovulating. Out of these 25 infertile men, only one patient suffered from diarrhea after consuming sesame seeds but other than that, no major side effects were reported. Did you know, sesame seeds can also keep your bones healthy?

Following this, researchers concluded that, ‘Sesame improves sperm count and motility in men suffering from male infertility, and can be prescribed for these patients as an effective and safe treatment for male infertility.’