The effect of Red Seaweed ( Chondrus crispus) on the fertility of male albino rats

Saudi J Biol Sci. 2021 Jul;28(7):3864-3869. doi: 10.1016/j.sjbs.2021.03.059. Epub 2021 Mar 30.


At different parts of the world, Red Seaweeds are one component of human diets especially at Southeast Asia. Red Seaweeds structurally contain bioactive molecules so; we studied the effect of Chondrus crispus on increasing the male albino rat fertility. Twelve male albino rats are used in this study as two group pre-treated group and post- treated one each with 6 animals. The pretreated group was dissected before the post-treated group injection. Each post treated rat injected intramuscular with 1 mg of Chondrus crispus with dose 0.1 ml/ twice per week for 48 day (Mukhtar et al., 2013). The results showed that increasing on the total testosterone levels insignificantly, sperm motility significantly, and decreasing in both FSH and DPPH levels insignificantly and significantly for the MDA levels in the post-treated group. The morphological appearance and histological examination for the sperm, testis and liver were normal as the pretreated group. The molecular studies showed absence of any DNA fragmentation for the testis of both group. The Red Seaweed has an enhanced effect in the testicular function of the animal which might increase their fertility and sexual activities.

Keywords: Albino rat; Chondrus crispus; Fertility; Red Seaweed; Testis.