See How Tiger Nuts Boost Fertility in Both Male and Female
It is the desire of most couple to reproduce their kind but however it is becoming increasingly difficult to achieve based on the fact that with 1 in 6 couple find it difficult to achieve conception. Several foods like tiger nuts boost fertility in both males and females. Traditionally, tiger nuts were used in the Middle East to stimulate sexual arousal in men.
Tigernuts also known as chufa, sedge, nut grass, yellow nutsedge, tigernut sedge, earth almond is botanically called Cyprus esculentus. It is widespread across various regions of the world. In Nigeria, the Hausas call it ‘Aya’; Yorubas call it ‘Ofio’; the Igbos, ‘imumu’ or ‘aki Hausa’; while the Hausas make a drink called Kunun Aya from it,’’ 1
Tigernuts are not actually nuts as the name implies but tubers, however it shares the same chemical composition and characteristics with tubers and nuts. Tiger nuts are excellent sources of dietary fibre, sugar, phosphorus, carbohydrates, fat, protein, potassium, zinc, sodium, calcium, magnesium and traces of copper, vitamin C and vitamin E. 2
These nutrients in tiger nuts are essential for building and maintaining healthy bones, repairing damaged tissues/muscles, aid blood circulation as well as supports the healthy functioning of the human body. Tiger nuts ability to aid blood circulation invariably increases sexual vitality, which is all about blood flow.
Tiger nut can be eaten raw, roasted, dried, baked or be made into a refreshing beverage called tiger nut milk.
Mechanism by Which Tiger Nuts Boost Fertility
Tiger nuts supplies the body with enough quantity of Vitamin E, vitamin C, zinc and quercetin essential for fertility in both men and women. Tiger nuts has been found to stimulate sexual arousal and also improve sexual performance.
The sugar content of tiger nuts provides the energy needed during the sexual act. Tiger nut tubers contain almost twice the quantity of starch as potato or sweet potato tubers.
How Tiger Nuts Boost Fertility in Women.
Increased production of oestrogen
Extracts of tiger nut has been found to increase the female reproductive hormones oestrogen. This hormone is responsible for the development and regulation of the female reproductive system and secondary sex characteristics 3. A study carried out by Agbai E.O and Nwanengwo C. O showed that methanolic extract of Cyperus esculentus significantly increased serum estrogen level as the dose concentration of extract increased. 4
Presence of the antioxidant, Vitamin E
Research has also shown that vitamin E, present in tiger nut can help trigger normal menstruation and prevent ovulation decline, which is one of the reasons many older women have trouble getting pregnant . It can also be useful for those undergoing fertility treatments, boosting the success rate of pregnancy . Vitamin E plays a very good role in formation and maintenance of the placenta and also prevent premature rupture of the amniotic sac in pregnancy.
Increase production of breast milk
According to Vanguardngr.com, a nutritionist Hajiya Jummai Abdul, has
advised that nursing mothers should eat a lot of tiger nuts for enough production of breast milk to satisfy their babies. She also said that the black specie of the tiger nuts is an excellent medicine for breast lumps and cancer. Tiger nuts helps to prevent fibrosis as well as blockage of the tip of the fallopian tube. 7
How Tiger Nuts Boost Fertility in Men
Increase production of testeterone
Testosterone, which is the male sex hormone has been found to have increased significantly after tiger nut administration. This increase in testosterone level is most likely related to the presence of quercetin, vitamins, and zinc in tiger nut, all of which have been shown to boost testosterone production.8. A slight elevation in testosterone level has been linked to a significant increase in sexual desire and potency in men. Yakubu and Akanji
Increased Sperm motility and count
Vitamin E present in tiger nut has been known to help increase sperm count, quality and motility. Also Taepongsorat et al.  reported that subcutaneous injections of quercetin over a period of 1 week significantly increased testis weight and improved sperm quality in rats. There has been claims that treatment with C. esculentus methanolic extract improves sperm count and motility in male rats, which is associated with increased gonadotropins and testosterone serum levels .
Prevents erectile dysfunction
Tiger nuts are perfect sources of omega-3 fatty acids. In most cases, they help to prevent plaque accumulation in the arteries and improve blood flow to the genitals.11 Zhang et al, suggested that quercetin could ameliorate erectile dysfunction in diabetic rats by inhibiting oxidative stress. Furthermore, Helmy and Senbel  reported that antioxidant therapy with vitamin E ameliorates the age-associated erectile dysfunction in male rats.
HOW TO PREPARE TIGERNUT MILK (KUNNU AYA)
2 Cup Tiger nuts, 1 medium sized ginger, coconut, date fruits as substitute for sugar.
1. Wash tiger nuts thoroughly and leave in a bowl of clean water to soak for about 2 – 3 hours (soak overnight if using very dry tiger nuts).
2. Rinse and soak dates for just about an hour in a separate bowl.
3.Deseed dates and put them with the soaked tiger nuts into the blender.
4. Also add your diced coconut, ginger and then blend on high speed into creamy smooth puree.
5. Strain and filter the puree by pouring into a fine mesh or cloth.
6. Pour mash back into blender, add some water and blend again for a minute.
7. Redo the straining process and combine extracted milk with the first set.
10. Your delicious tiger nut milk is ready to be enjoyed right away with ice or refrigerated!
If well preserved, drink can stay up to 2 days without fermenting.
8. A E. O and Nwanegwo C.O, “Effect of Methanolic Extract of Cyperus esculentus L. (Tigernut) on Luteinizing Hormone, Follicle Stimulating Hormone, Testosterone, Sperm Count and Motility in Male Albino Wistar Rats.”, Journal of Medical and Applied Biosciences
9. Yakubu MT, Akanji MA. Effect of aqueous extract of Massulariaacuminata stem on sexual behavior of male wistar rats. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2011;738103.