Tofu: Can It Make A Man Sterile?

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Male infertility makes up for almost half of all causes of infertility in couples attempting to conceive. Environmental factors such as diet and exercise play a key role in fertility, and are not addressed by surgery or drug therapy.

A plant chemical found in tofu and other soy products could potentially damage sperm and have a negative effect on male fertility. In laboratory tests, it was found that small amounts of genistein can cause human sperm to get "burnt out" and lose fertility. Women who also eat soya and other foods high in genistein (tofu) also negatively influence their partner’s fertility because once it is inside the female the chemical can indirectly cause damage to sperm ready to fertilize an egg. With so many trying fad diets and changing their lifestyles, more people are eating tofu than ever before. Tofu is one of the more popular healthy foods, because it is versatile and can be cooked many different ways.

Almost 15% of couples that will attempt their first pregnancy will be thwarted by failure. These patients are considered to be primarily infertile, if they have been unable to conceive after one year of unprotected sex. Pregnancy normally is achieved within a year in 80-85% of couples who use no birth control or condoms, and persons still having trouble after twelve months should be regarded as possibly infertile and should be evaluated. Data available over the past twenty years reveal that in approximately just less than 50% of cases, the problem is found in the man alone, and in another 20% both the man and woman are abnormal. Therefore, the male factor is at least partly responsible in about 50% of infertile couples. Infertility can be caused by something as simple as lack of proper vitamins and nutrients, stress, illness, lack of exercise, drugs, alcohol, or any number of various factors. Some treatment options (IUI or ICSI) include collecting sperm from an ejaculation and attempting to fertilize an egg. Both the prescriptions and treatments for male infertility have an average success rate of less than 20%. That means less than one of every five couples that try these options will have a successful pregnancy. To add insult to injury, more than half of the small number of treatments deemed “successful” because of a resulting pregnancy, will be multiple pregnancies or pregnancies with birth defects or other unexpected outcomes.

Most couples struggling with infertility will break the bank with just one attempt at fertility drug therapy or treatment (one cycle equals one attempt) with costs ranging from $6,000 to $10,000 for just one cycle. Many couples end up borrowing money from family and friends, or go into debt before a baby is ever born, or before they are even assured they will be successful. Couples often express frustration with fertility drug therapies and treatments, saying they feel as though they are “forcing” a pregnancy on their body, and wish they could conceive naturally, especially in light of the low success rate.

Selmedica Healthcare has created a surprisingly potent botanical-based fertility treatment, specifically for men, called Amberoz™. While the resources of phyto-pharmaceuticals (plant-based medicines) have gone largely untapped in the US – in fact, strictly regulated against by the FDA – European governments, like Germany in particular, have actually funded and led studies into the efficacy of such alternative treatments. In fact, these studies have been ongoing for over a decade, partnered with international scientists, doctors, and researchers, including many from the United States. Their published research and discoveries have led to the ingredients that make up Amberoz™.

According to extensive research and studies, the ingredients in Amberoz™ actually help strengthen the prostate gland, an organ that plays a crucial role in male fertility. The prostate gland is one of the final and most important steps in ejaculation by producing seminal fluid (semen) that combines with sperm, allowing it to travel and survive longer in a woman's reproductive tract. When the seminal fluid and sperm join together and move through the urethra, some of it can back flow into the bladder if the prostate gland is weak or damaged. This is a common cause in a couple's inability to conceive. Conceiving is still possible with a weak or damaged prostate, but it can be very difficult.

As the trends in health shift further and faster towards alternative treatments, new alternatives, like Amberoz™, to conventional chemical and synthetic treatments for infertility are increasing in popularity. Amberoz™ itself seems to be an anomaly, being one of the few, if not the only non-surgical or non-prescription option for help with male infertility besides basic diet and lifestyle changes. More people are taking initiative to educate themselves and ensure they will have the freedom now and in the future to choose alternatives that are widely used internationally and proven through documented research, tests and studies to be as effective, and often times superior to conventional treatments with one glaring difference: typically these alternative treatments produce very few, if any side effects.

Perhaps the nail in the coffin of the major drug companies may be an offer common among producers of alternative treatments like Amberoz™: a 100% money back, no questions asked guarantee. Not to mention the price. To purchase alternative treatments like Amberoz™ from Selmedica Healthcare or any other manufacturer of botanical products, does not require a war with your insurance provider. As much as the pharmaceutical company would like to regulate them, these alternatives cannot be sold as prescriptions. The typical cost for a one-month supply is less than $300, $200, or even $100. Amberoz™, for example, is only $47 a month. And Selmedica Healthcare, like many similar companies, offer increasingly better deals, such as buy three get three free – a six month supply for only $137. For more information please visit

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