FAQ

We often get questions from our customers and have collected some of the most frequently asked on this page. If you have a question, please write to us at our email address info@punalpin.com or use our contact form.

Products

What is the difference between Punalpin and Punalpin PLUS?

Punalpin and Punalpin PLUS both contain the same patented combination of pomegranate and greater galangal. The daily dose and sources of pomegranate + galangal are the same in the two products. Punalpin PLUS also contains chokeberry and the minerals selenium and zinc. All ingredients are combined in one tablet in Punalpin PLUS. In Punalpin, pomegranate and galanga are formulated into separate tablets, and the tablets are delivered in separate bottles. For both Punalpin and Punalpin PLUS, the recommended daily dose is a total of 6 tablets per day.

When should I choose Punalpin?

You should choose Punalpin if you are not interested in an additional supplement of selenium or zinc. This may owe to the fact that you already take mineral supplements, or that you eat a varied diet and do not need an extra mineral boost.

When should I choose Punalpin PLUS?

Punalpin PLUS is the right product if you wish an extra daily supplement of selenium and zinc. Also, you have the advantage that you only have to take one kind of tablet.

How much selenium and zinc do I get with Punalpin PLUS?

With Punalpin PLUS, you get 40% of the zinc Reference Intake and 33% of the selenium Reference Intake. The Reference Intake (RI) is the daily amount believed to be consumed by an average adult person through the diet.

Is it a good idea to combine Punalpin or Punalpin PLUS with other food supplements?

This question is difficult to answer, as it is highly dependent on the individual. It is important to bear in mind that a high extra intake of certain vitamins, minerals and substances with antioxidant effect may have a negative effect on fertility. However, if you suspect that you lack one or more nutrients, it may be a good idea to supplement your daily diet with a high-quality food supplement with reasonable daily doses (check the reference intake on the product’s declaration).

Why isn’t there more information about the effects of the products on your website?

In Denmark and the EU, a so-called “claims legislation” clearly defines what may be stated regarding a food ingredient’s physiological effect, ie. its effect on the body. In other words, a claim is a statement about what a food ingredient “can do” in relation to nutrition or health. A list of permitted claims (the Article 13 list), primarily comprising mineral and vitamin claims, has been ratified by the European Commission. If a health claim is not included in this list, it is not allowed for marketing purposes in the EU. Even if you as a manufacturer or retailer have carried out a state-of-the-art clinical study that documents the effect of a certain food ingredient in humans, it is not permitted to refer to such a study or to link to the published trial results. Neither is it permitted to pass on or refer to testimonies about the product’s effects. It is only possible for us to claim the effects of selenium and zinc on sperm quality since specific claims to these ingredients are included in the Article 13 list.

Sperm quality

I have been told that I have reduced sperm quality – what can I do about it?

Fortunately, there are a number of things that you can do yourself. In general, you should focus on healthy living and not to overload the biological system, which our body constitutes. Where the limit is for “overload” – and resulting reduced sperm quality – will vary greatly from person to person. You can be exposed to negative environmental and lifestyle influences that affect sperm quality from the inside (i.e. what you consume and possibly smear on the skin) or from the outside (radiation from mobile phones and laptops as well as excessive heat from saunas, bathtubs and seat heaters). Consider limiting the intake of any kind of substances that do not directly contribute to nutrition – this applies to cigarette smoke, alcohol, coffee, E numbers in ready-made food, etc. All these substances are harmful to the body in large quantities. If it seems very difficult to comply with a healthy lifestyle, at least try to follow these two pieces of advice, which we think are overlooked:

  1. Remove the mobile phone from the trouser pocket. A jacket pocket or a phone holder on the upper arm is better. Even better if the mobile phone can be kept completely away from the body.
  2. Choose organic food. If that seems difficult, focus on organic meat, poultry and fish.

Reduced sperm quality is often the result of several lifestyle factors that affect the body negatively. It can be useful to adjust even a few of these factors in order to get below the limit of “overload”.

How come I have reduced sperm quality when I feel fit and healthy otherwise?

Spermatozoa are the most primitive cells in the body and, contrary to other cells, they do not have means to repair themselves when damaged. Thus, when the body is stressed for one reason or another, damage is first seen in the spermatozoa. You can therefore feel healthy – and in principle you are – but the spermatozoa at the same time tell a story that “something” could be better. What this “something” is, will vary from individual to individual. Environmental contaminants and stress can contribute to a state of oxidative imbalance in the body that wears out the cells. However too high intake of antioxidants (e.g. from food supplements) and hard physical training can also push the sperm quality in the wrong direction. In other words, it is important to find a balance, also when it comes to healthy living.

How long will it take before my sperm quality has improved?

New sperm cells are developed from stem cells in the course of 72-74 days. If you start changing your lifestyle today, it will probably show on your sperm quality within 2½ – 3 months. For the same reason, we always recommend taking the Punalpin products for at least 3 months.

For women

Do you have a fertility product for women as well?

Unfortunately not, but we have been asked this question so many times that we strongly consider developing a fertility product for women as well. It is much more difficult to measure a woman’s fertility than a man’s, so it can be problematic to document the effect in a clinical trial prior to marketing.

Can the Punalpin products also be used by women?

We only use safe food ingredients in our products, so they shouldn’t harm. However, we do not know the effect of the products in relation to chances of getting pregnant. We hope to be able to offer a tailormade fertility product to women in a not-too-distant future.

When frustration builds up…

We have tried EVERYTHING and been in fertility treatment for several years – what do we do now?

It is difficult to give good advice in that situation, however we wish to draw attention to 3 areas, each of which can be important in its own way:

  1. Recent research suggests that the human gut flora is closely linked to many seemingly unrelated ailments and health problems – including fertility in both men and women – and that improving your “gut health” may certainly be beneficial. Is your digestion working as it should? If not, you should consider paying some attention to this part of your body.
  2. Are you under some kind of stress? It could be work, a relationship, the indoor climate in your home, poor sleep etc. Try to do something about it, even if it can be difficult to find the exact cause – not to mention changing the situation. Stress also affects fertility.
  3. Make sure you get a peaceful break for yourself every day for at least ½ hour. Go for a walk, lie down on the couch with a good book, be creative or sit down with a cup of tea in the sun. Time in front of a screen (PC, television, mobile phone, etc.) does not count as relaxation in this context. It’s about allowing body and mind to calm down.