8 Benefits of Turmeric For Male reproductive System

The male reproductive system consists of a number of organs that contribute to the human reproductive system.

The vital function of this system is production and development of the sperm or male reproductive cells.

The different organs of this system and their associated functions are as follows:

  • Penis: Delivery of sperms to the female reproductive tract
  • Testis: Production of sperm cells
  • Epididymis: Long tube like structures that store the sperm cells
  • Vas deferens: Transports mature sperms to the urethra
  • Seminal vesicles: Glands that contribute to seminal fluid
  • Prostate gland: Gland located below the bladder that provides nourishing fluid to the sperm
  • Cowper’s gland: Another pair of glands that are involved in production of semen

Disorders of the male reproductive system can be a result of damage or malfunctioning of any of the above mentioned organs.

Male infertility and prostate cancer are perhaps the most common disorders that affect the male reproductive system.

Some of these disorders are treatable while some can have serious consequences.

What pharmacological properties of turmeric could be of help in male reproductive system disorders?

Turmeric is a spice common to India and other Asian countries.

Coming from the ginger family, this spice consists of a golden yellow rhizome from which the yellow powder and oil are extracted.

Blessed with a number of medicinal herbs, this spice is perhaps the hottest topic in the field of research.

Curcumin, its active ingredient, is said to be responsible for its medicinal properties.

Here are a few pharmacological properties of turmeric that could be of relevance to treatment of male reproductive system disorders:

  • Anti-inflammatory : Useful in pain and swelling of male reproductive organs
  • Anti-oxidant: Can ameliorate oxidative damage in male reproductive organs occurring due to toxicity
  • Anti-microbial: Can guard against infections
  • Anti-cancer: Can help in treating testicular and prostate cancer

8 Benefits Of Turmeric For Male Reproductive System

Research suggests that turmeric and its bioactive element can help in treating following disorders linked with male reproductive system.

1. Turmeric is therapeutic in Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is cancer of the prostate gland. This gland contributes to development of semen.

It generally occurs at an older age but can spread to bones and other parts of the body.

Curcumin acts at molecular levels to inhibit growth of the tumor, destroy cancerous cells and prevent spread of the cancer. Variety of compounds has been derived from curcumin that inhibit growth of human prostate cancer cells.

Curcumin nanoparticles also exhibit superior anti-cancer activity in prostate cancer.Curcumin potentiates the effect of bicalutamide, a drug used in treating prostate cancer.

Docetaxel is the first line of treatment for surgery resistant prostate cancer.Curcumin is proven to increase sensitivity of such cancerous cells to docetaxel.

What does this mean?  

Scientific evidence strongly backs the idea of utilizing curcumin in treatment of prostate cancer.

2. It reduces inflammation in Prostatitis

Prostatitis is the inflammation of the prostate gland. Sometimes the cause could be a bacterial infection.

It is characterised by pain in the genitals and lower back and discomfort while urinating.

Curcumin in combination with other herbal extracts was tested for its effect of bacterial prostatitis.

Group A received antibiotics and herbal extracts while Group B received only antibiotics.

90% of the patients receiving the duo showed improvement while only 27% of the patients in group B recovered completely within one month. Within 6 months of treatment no patient from Group A had recurrence of prostatitis.

Animal study proves that curcumin is effective in treating non bacterial prostatitis.In this study curcumin reduced the levels of pro-inflammatory agents such as tumor necrosis factor and interleukin and in turn controlled inflammation.

What does this mean?

Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial property can help treat and prevent recurrence of prostatitis.

3. It reduces symptoms associated with Benign prostate enlargement

Prostate enlargement or benign prostate hyperplasia is increase in size of the prostate gland. It affects almost all older men.

It increases the risk of developing cancer.

Meriva, a special formulation of curcumin designed to increase its absorption in the body, is helpful in treating symptoms of benign prostate enlargement without causing side effects.

24 weeks treatment with Meriva improved quality of life and reduced episodes of urinary infections in patients.

What does this mean?  

Meriva, the popular formulation of curcumin, has a therapeutic effect on symptoms of enlarged prostate. This indicates turmeric taken as such can also be of help in this case.

4. It can help in Erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction or impotence is a sexual malfunction affecting millions of males. It is a result of psychological and physical causes.

Heart diseases, diabetes, use of tobacco and enlarged prostate gland are few of the causes.

Animal studies prove that a novel water soluble derivative of curcumin is better than Viagra and Cialis (Sildenafil & Tadanafil) in treating erectile dysfunction.

What does this mean?  

Among the various herbs suggested for treating erectile dysfunction, curcumin- the active ingredient of turmeric shows promising results.

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5. It destroys Testicular Cancer cells

Testicular cancer can affect either one or both of the testis and generally affects younger men.

It has the highest cure rate among other types of cancer.

Curcumin’s therapeutic value in relation to testicular cancer has been researched upon.

An experimental study proves that curcumin can destroy cancerous cells and prevent their proliferation by inhibiting the activity of AP-2γ. AP-2γ is a type of protein that is involved in cell survival and proliferation and is a marker of testicular cancer.

Bleomycin is a drug generally used in the treatment of testicular cancer.

It causes oxidative stress (imbalance between pro-oxidant and antioxidant agents in the body) which leads to cancerous cell death.

Concurrent use of curcumin and bleomycin is proven to cause cancerous cell death by increasing activity of enzyme caspase (actively involved in apoptosis or cell death).

Also using curcumin can help in lowering dose of bleomycin which in turn reduces side effects.

However this effect is probably dose dependant as another study by the same researchers proves that curcumin inhibits the anti-tumor activity of bleomycin and the dose used here is different from that used in the study previously.

Nevertheless curcumin is said to benefit in cancer by manipulating several biochemical pathways.

What does this mean?  

Curcumin can aid in treating testicular cancer individually or in conjunction with chemotherapeutic drug.

6. It can help in Testicular torsion

Testicular torsion is a condition in which the cord from which testicles are suspended rotate and cut off the blood supply to the testicle.

Curcumin’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity ameliorates the damage caused by reduced blood flow occurring due to torsion.

It increases the level of antioxidant enzyme and supports spermatogenesis.

What does this mean?  

Curcumin can protect the testis from damage caused by torsion and loss of blood supply.

7. It fights infection in Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea is a condition characterised by inflammatory discharge from the urethra caused by bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

This infection is associated with the risk of bladder cancer.

Research proves that vitamin D and curcumin combination can prove to be effective anti-microbial agents that act against drug resistant N. gonorrhoeae.

Curcumin alone is also effective in treating the infection.

It inhibits N.gonorrhoeae induced nuclear factor –kappaB activation (a group of proteins that control inflammatory process).

What does this mean?  

Curcumin alone or in combination with Vitamin D serves as a potent anti-microbial agent that can destroy drug resistant bacteria that cause gonorrhoea.

8. Turmeric can protect from Toxicity induced male infertility

Exposure to environmental toxins, smoking and presence of other disorders or use of medications can cause male infertility.

Streptozotocin, an anti-diabetic drug is said to cause testicular damage due to oxidative stress and curcumin ameliorates this damage by employing its antioxidant nature.

Curcumin protects against drug induced testicular toxicity caused by drugs such as chloroquine, cyclophosphamide, dexamethasone, metronidazole, aflatoxin etc.

It also plays a protective role against toxicity induced by environmental toxins such as cadmium, chromium, insectides and plastic derivatives.

Nicotine (Tobacco smoking) and chronic alcohol administration is proven to cause infertility and curcumin has a therapeutic effect on them.

What does this mean?  

Curcumin can prevent male infertility caused by toxicity and support production of sperms by ameliorating the damage.

Note: Turmeric’s Anti fertility effect

Surprisingly few studies suggest that turmeric has an anti-fertility or anti-spermatogenetic effect suggesting that it could be developed into a novel non-hormonal contraceptive.

However one research study proves that turmeric’s anti-fertility effect is reversible- upon withdrawing consumption of aqueous extract of turmeric the male fertility parameters are restored to normal.

Whether this effect is dose dependant or caused by compounds other than curcumin is not known. And these results are obtained from animal studies. Also they are focused on direct exposure of sperm cells to curcumin.

More research in this aspect is required to clarify the issue. No study in humans have shown that turmeric affects sperm quality or causes infertility when taken orally. So you can safely consume turmeric.

Dosage

The best way of using turmeric  is to include it in your diet. You can make the Golden Paste and add a dollop of it to your salad, soup or rice preparation. Turmeric Milk on a daily basis should help.

You can browse the website for a couple of more recipes with turmeric.  Check this link for a list of good brands of turmeric powder and supplements.

Precautions

Turmeric as a spice is safe. But when it comes to supplements you should consult a doctor before taking it for the appropriate dose and to avoid undesirable interactions and allergies.

Avoid turmeric supplements in case of pregnancy and lactation.

Discontinue turmeric supplements 15 days prior to surgery as it has blood thinning activity and might affect surgical outcome.

If suffering from gallbladder problems or gastrointestinal disorders avoid turmeric.

Turmeric can have drug interactions with blood thinning medications, medicines that reduce stomach acidity and anti-diabetic medication.

Conclusion

Turmeric benefits the male reproductive system by serving to be therapeutic in case of many disorders. Its anti-inflammatory action, anti-microbial, antioxidant and anti-cancer properties benefit in various disorders.

Turmeric if taken in combination with conventional treatment will definitely prove to be advantageous.

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11 Comments

  1. why the semen turned into a very slight yellowish color, is it because of regular consumption of rice mixed with turmeric? Or what are the possible causes of discoloration?

  2. I find out that I don’t last as long as I want in bed . I don’t know how tumeric can be of help to this???

  3. i have an issue when dealing with any spices such as cayenne to the point it gives me anxiety. my question is how can turmeric help me ?

    1. Hi. The ideal dose is 1-2 tsp of paste per day. But if you are suffering from any condition you may want to increase the dose depending on how it suits you. Some people take as much as 1-2 tablespoon 1-2 times a day and some take 1 tsp 3times a day.
      It is difficult to suggest a specific dose for you. Start with a small dose such as 1/4 tsp a day and gradually increase to reach the ideal dose. If no side effects are observed then you can elevate the dose slowly to reach 1 tablespoon 2-3 times a day. An right dose would be one where you get the benefits but face no gastric side effects.

      1. Hi Larry. As mentioned above the ideal dose is 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day. There is no specific dose for high PSA levels. You can start with 1/4 tsp a day for a week and gradually increase the dose by 1/4 tsp per week. 1 tsp 2-3 times a day is ideal dose and should help. If it suits you, you can increase the dose to 1 tablespoon 2-3 times a day.
        The therapeutic effect would only evidenced by tests conducted to evaluate your PSA. In terms of amount of curcumin you would need as much as 100mg per day for at least 6 months and a dose of 1-2 teaspoon 2-3 times a day provides you with more than that. Avoid taking it at the same time as other medicines and also avoid taking it on an empty stomach.
        https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste

  4. You must be phsycic or something, I was only thinking last night to mail you regarding Erectile Dysfunction, and there we are this morning a newsletter on the very subject.

    I have Suffered the Erectile Dysfunction since the 90s after having a Prostate procedure.

    I was only discussing with my Wife yesterday that my ED appears to be no longer a problem.
    I am an over 70s Male and can honestly say it’s working for me.

    I started taking Turmeric March this year 2016 as I suffered with spinal Arthritis, this has now gone and my Migraines that were caused by my Arthritis has also gone, another problem I had was Acid Reflux again as my Consultant told me this also was due the spinal problem is also on the way out.

    As I have recommended Turmeric to friends and family I have just started to grow my own, so we can all benefit from the root which is even more beneficial than the powder, it will give us alot more choices for intake, although I do like my morning Turmeric milk after breakfast, one good over large teaspoon of paste into a mug of hot full fat milk with added Honey for taste.

    1. David thank you very much for sharing this. We are glad to hear that turmeric is benefiting all aspects of your health.