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Male Infertility

Also indexed as:Infertility, Men's, Fertility, Men
Wanting to have a child is easy for many couples. Conceiving, however, may not be so easy. Improve your odds with better sperm quality. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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  • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

Our proprietary "Star-Rating" system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by some in the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.

SupplementAmountWhy
Zinc
60 mg (plus 2 mg of copper, to prevent depletion) daily 3 stars[3 stars]
Zinc deficiency leads to reduced numbers of sperm and impotence in men. Taking zinc may correct this problem and improve sperm quality.
Arginine
4 grams daily2 stars[2 stars]
The amino acid arginine is needed to produce sperm. Research shows that several months of L-arginine supplementation increases sperm count, quality, and fertility.
Asian Ginseng
4 grams daily2 stars[2 stars]
One preliminary study found that men who took Asian ginseng had an improvement in sperm count and sperm motility.
L-Carnitine
3 grams daily2 stars[2 stars]
L-carnitine appears to be necessary for normal functioning of sperm cells. Supplementing with it may improve sperm motility.
Maca
1,500 to 3,000 mg daily2 stars[2 stars]
A small clinical trial found that healthy men who took dried maca powder had increased sperm counts and enhanced sperm motility.
Selenium
100 mcg daily2 stars[2 stars]
In a study of infertile men with reduced sperm motility, supplementing with selenium significantly increased sperm motility.
Vitamin B12
1,500 mcg daily2 stars[2 stars]
Vitamin B12 is needed to maintain fertility. Vitamin B12 injections have been shown to increase sperm counts. Men
Acetyl-L-Carnitine
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Acetylcarnitine may be a useful for treatment of male infertility caused by low quantities of immobile sperm.
Coenzyme Q10
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
CoQ10 is a nutrient used by the body to produce energy. While its exact role in the formation of sperm is unknown, even small amounts appear to increase sperm count and motility.
SAMe
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Preliminary research suggests that oral SAMe may also increase sperm activity in infertile men.
Vitamin E
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Vitamin E supplementation appears to enhance fertility, possibly by decreasing free-radical damage to sperm cells.

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