trans-Resveratrol, a natural antioxidant from grapes, increases sperm output in healthy rats

Joan E. Rodríguez-Gil, M. Emília Juan, Eulalia González-Pons, Thais Munuera, Joan Ballester, Joana M. Planas

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    trans-Resveratrol was reported to have health benefits including anticarcinogenic effects and protection against cardiovascular disease. One of the mechanisms by which it exerts its action is through modulating the estrogen response systems. Because estrogen is involved in male reproductive biology, we investigated the effect of trans-resveratrol on testis and spermatogenesis. Adult male rats were divided into 2 groups. The treated group was administered by gavage 20 mg/(kg·d) of trans-resveratrol suspended in 10 g/L of carboxymethylcellulose for 90 d, whereas the control group received only carboxymethylcellulose during the same period. The relative weight of testes did not differ between the groups. However, the diameter of the seminiferous tubules was significantly reduced from 437.5 ± 0.1 μm in the controls to 310.9 ± 0.1 μm in the resveratrol-treated rats. This decrease was accompanied by a significant increase in tubular density, from 3.20 ± 0.18 in controls to 6.58 ± 0.18 tubules/mm2 in the treated group. Moreover, sperm counts were significantly greater in the resveratrol-treated rats (24.8 ± 3.30 × 107) than in the control group (14.1 ± 0.80 × 107), but sperm quality did not differ. Serum concentrations of gonadotrophins and testosterone were significantly higher in the resveratrol-treated group. We identified a novel activity of trans-resveratrol. The daily oral administration of this phytochemical to adult male rats enhanced sperm production by stimulating the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis, without inducing adverse effects. © 2005 American Society for Nutritional Sciences.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)757-760
    JournalJournal of Nutrition
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2005


    • Phytochemical
    • Rats
    • Spermatogenesis
    • Testis
    • Trans-resveratrol


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