Infertility is a global issue and, according to World Health Organization (WHO), affects an estimated more than 10 percent of couples worldwide. Naturally, many people seek medical help help with is desperate problem, which can be costly. A recent research shows that dietary supplements may help boost sperm quality and quantity in men, which may aid fertility.
Side note: Infertility prevalence is based mainly on women as it is difficult to quantify this in men with reasonable accuracy. This is because men do not conceive, and some men do not realize or will not even accept that they have a problem, among other reasons. Typically, no man is comfortable with the idea that he may be “shooting blanks”.
The review study, published in the journal Advances in Nutrition, attempted to find out whether nutrients intake and dietary supplements can influence sperm quality and quantity.
For the study, researchers at the Human Nutrition Unit of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) and the Pere i Virgili Health Research Institute (IISPV), Spain, he Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico, and the University of Utah, USA, analyzed 28 studies involving over 2900 participants.
Taking Certain Supplements May Boost Sperm Quality
The findings show that taking certain supplements may help boost both sperm quality and quantity.
Taking Omega-3 and Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) supplements in either liquid or tablet form was found to have beneficial effect on sperm count, while taking zinc, selenium, fatty acids, omega-3 and CoQ10 improved sperm concentration, which is concentration in a man’s ejaculate.
Supplementing with zinc, selenium, CoQ10 and carnitines appeared to improve sperm mobility, while fatty acids, omega-3, CoQ10 and carnitine supplements were linked to a positive effect in sperm morphology, that is, size and shape.
It is not clear as to why fatty acids and omega-3 are named separately, as omega-3 is a fatty acid.
Though the study does not show supplements to have direct impact on the ability to conceive, taking them just may help boost chances, where the man is concerned.
This is because both sperm quality and quantity are essential for successful conception. For one, the sperm must be healthy enough to move through the female reproductive system and reach the egg. Secondly, though only one sperm fertilizes the egg, others do play a role and lower sperm count can make it more difficult for conception to occur.