Ginger is usually found inside our refrigerators or our kitchen cabinets as a spice for all kinds of different food. Sometimes, it can also be used as medicine for various ailments. In fact, I often found my grandmother chewing on raw ginger because she says it helped her with her bowel movements for some reason.
In today’s research review though, we won’t be dwelling on old people’s bowel problems so don’t worry. This article is all about ginger, testosterone, and some other benefits that this root has on male health. Let’s get to reading.
WHY TEST BOOSTER SUPPLEMENTS USE GINGER
Scientifically called Zingiber officinale, ginger is commonly used in the kitchen as a spice that adds a sort of pungent, spicy, and fragrant twist to any food it is added to but more than any other cuisine, its popularity in the Asian and Indian dishes seem rather undeniable.
Aside from its more popular use in the culinary industry though, ginger also has a long history of medicinal use. For one, ginger candies are often taken for nausea and motion sickness. Another clinical use for ginger is on joint pain because of its ability to reduce inflammation. This makes it a common alternative medicine for patients with osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis.
Ginger has plenty of other medical potential but hey, that’s not what you’re here for, isn’t it? You’re here for testosterone so I won’t waste any more of your time discussing anything else. That said, testosterone boosters mostly use ginger to enhance the absorption of the other nutrients in the formula.
I say ‘mostly’ as the dosage most supplements provide is just enough to be beneficial for digestion. This sounds good and all, however, I can’t help but think that maybe the testosterone products using ginger are missing out on what may be a golden opportunity. As you’ll see in the researches I’ll show you below, ginger does have legit testosterone boosting promise.
STUDIES ON GINGER SUGGEST:
Before we get to the actual studies, I think it’s vital for you to be knowledgeable about one certain compound known as Malondialdehyde. Malondialdehyde, or MDA for short, is a common marker for oxidative stress and antioxidant status because an increase in free radicals causes overproduction of MDA. It’s important that you know this because the studies I’m about to show you also display MDA levels as one of their results.
Improve androgenic reproductive function in diabetic rats
This first research I’m presenting to you studied the antioxidant and androgenic effects of dietary ginger on the reproductive function of male diabetic rats. Yeah, you read that right. Rats. Diabetes. It’s obviously not a very strong research paper but stay with me because it does have interesting results.
The rats were divided into three groups: control (1), diabetic (2), and diabetic rats fed with dietary ginger for 30 days. After the 30th day, blood and reproductive organ samples were collected for analysis. Here are some of the results in favor of ginger:
- Decreased blood glucose and MDA levels
- Increased reproductive organ weights (testis, epididymis, prostate and seminal vesicle)
- Increased testosterone
- Improved semen quantity and motility
As you can see, not only does ginger hold promise in boosting testosterone, it’s also potentially good for our reproductive organs and sperm. In conclusion, the researchers stated that “intake of ginger roots improves the antioxidant and androgenic reproductive function of male diabetic rats in addition to its antidiabetic property.”
Interesting, right? However, these effects are displayed on diabetic rats. How about the healthy ones? You’re about to find out.
Improve testosterone, sperm, and reproductive organs in healthy rats
This next research similarly investigated the effects of Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) on the reproductive functions of male rats. Unlike the previous research that implemented their experiment on diabetics though, this one made sure to include only the healthy ones.
The researchers randomly divided 36 male rats into three groups of 12 rats each depending on how much ginger they were taking:
- Control (distilled water)
- 500 mg/kg of ginger aqueous suspension
- 1000 mg/kg of ginger aqueous suspension
After 14 days of experimentation, 6 rats were sacrificed while the rest were allowed up to 28 days before also being sacrificed for analysis of reproductive organs, sperm, MDA, and testosterone. Check out the results of the research below:
On body and organ weight:
- No change in seminal vesicle and prostate
- Significant increase in testicular weight after 14 and 28 days in a dose and duration dependent manner
- 1000 mg/kg group at 28 days showed significant epididymal weight increased
- On sperm function:
- Significant increase in sperm count and motility after 14 and 28 days in a dose and duration dependent manner
- No differences in sperm parameters of viability and morphology noted
- On MDA:
- Significant decrease in MDA in a dose and duration dependent manner
- On testosterone:
- Increase in testosterone in a dose and duration dependent manner
This study yielded similar results to the previous research wherein improvements to reproductive organ weight, sperm, testosterone and MDA were observed. What sets this research apart from the previous one though, is that the rats here were healthy and that it showed that the effects of ginger on these parameters seem to be dependent on dosage and duration where better results are observed in higher dosages and long-term supplementation.
Another research on ginger that uses healthy rats is a study that’s titled The Effects of Ginger on Spermatogenesis And Sperm Parameters of Rat. Like the other healthy rat research, this also divided their subjects into three groups depending on dosage:
- 50 mg/kg/day
- 100 mg/kg/day
The experiment went on for 20 days. Thereafter, sperm and testes samples were collected for analysis. The results are the following:
- Significant increase in testosterone in 100 mg/kg/day group
- Significant increase in sperm viability and motility in both the 50 mg/kg/day and 100 mg/kg/day groups
- LH, FSH, sperm concentration, sperm morphology, and testes weights were similar in all groups
Again, improvements to testosterone and sperm was observed on this research. Adding to that though, is that ginger supplementation doesn’t seem to have any effects on related hormones LH and FSH. All these are animal studies though so one question still needs to be answered: Will it work for us men?
Improve sperm, androgen levels, and MDA on men
The aim of this last research I’m about to show you was to examine the effect of ginger supplements on semen parameters & serum FSH, LH, & testosterone. Now, you might be wondering: didn’t all the previous studies already analyze this?
Great observation, sir. And, yes – they did. However, this particular research was conducted on men. As in, ACTUAL humans. Do I have your attention now? Good. Now, for the details.
This experiment was conducted on 75 infertile men aged 19-40 years old. The experiment lasted for 3 months where at least 2-3 semen, blood, MDA, and hormonal samples were collected prior to making a conclusion. Unfortunately, the researchers didn’t specify how much or what form of ginger they gave their subjects but check out the results anyway:
- On sperm:
- Significant increase in sperm count (16.2%)
- Significant increase in sperm motility (47.3%)
- Significant increase in sperm viability (40.7 %)
- Significant increase in normal sperm morphology (18.4%)
- Significant increase in ejaculate volume (36.1%)
- Significant reduction in serum MDA (53.7%)
- Significant increase in FSH (17.6%)
- Significant increase in LH (43.2%)
- Significant increase in testosterone (17.7%)
Oh man, all these results look really good. The researchers concluded their study by saying that treatment with ginger caused “a significant reduction in serum MDA & significant increase in serum LH, FSH & testosterone.”
How Do I Take GINGER?
Unfortunately, the only human research I could find on ginger’s effects on testosterone neither specified the dosage and the form of ginger that they used. As such, I can’t tell you exactly how much you should be taking to take advantage of this rhizome’s masculine benefits.
What I can speculate for now though is that based on the dosages used by the rat research, the dosage required for us men to harvest the masculine benefits of ginger seem rather large compared to the dosages used on the other studies I’ve found on ginger’s multiple other health benefits (e.g., nausea, motion sickness, etcetera).
That said, my advise is to take upwards of 10 grams of ginger extract per day to maximize its man-enhancing potential.
The potential is there for ginger to not just boost testosterone, but also to improve parameters of sperm and stress. The research, however, has yet to catch up to this supposedly massive potential as a majority of what we currently have are animal studies.
That’s not to say that there’s absolutely zero research done on ginger’s effects on humans though. Obviously, there’s at least one. However, the human trials done on the effects of ginger on male health generally have their limitations. For example, the lone human research I showed you here didn’t show the dosage and the form they gave their ginger supplements in, and they used infertile men as test subjects. The dosage requirement could possibly be quite large as well based on the animal studies.
In conclusion, I say ginger’s lack of research is currently holding it back as a male health supplement. Until stronger research is available, my current stand on ginger as a natural testosterone booster isn’t as solid as, say, DAA; but it does have solid potential as both its animal and human studies, although still at their early stages, show positive results.
TESTOSTERONE BOOSTERS THAT USE GINGER
- Testolyze – An anabolic formula that uses 25 mg of Zingiber officinale root extract
- Tauro-Test – For young men chasing a leaner muscular physique. Includes ginger in its Tauro-Drive Uptake Matrix
- Testosterone UP – Balances DHT levels while booting libido making it ideal for older men. Uses Ginger standardized to 5% gingerols