About fertility vitamins for men

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About 10% of all couples have difficulty conceiving. The man is responsible for about a third of that number. While proper diet, moderate exercise and clean living will help, sometimes a little boost from a vitamin will also increase your odds of conception.

Vitamin C and other antioxidants

You can increase these in your diet by eating food rich in antioxidants or you can take a supplement. Try for 500mg a day of vitamin C. Vitamin C will protect the DNA inside the sperm from damage. Research from the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences revealed that vitamin C deficiency may be a factor in male infertility because it is needed for the healthy movement and quality of the sperm, keeping sperm from clumping together.

Zinc

Short term zinc deficiencies can reduce semen volume and lower testosterone levels. Not good. Get 11mg per day by eating oysters, extra-lean beef, baked beans and dark chicken meat. Or, you can take a supplement and not worry about menu planning.

Folic acid and B vitamins

Studies suggest that men with low levels of folic acid have lower sperm counts. The daily minimum is 400 micrograms which are available in fortified cereals, leafy greens, legumes and orange juice. Most multivitamins contain this b vitamin as well.

Vitamin B12 improves fertility in men by increasing sperm count. It will also increase energy and stamina levels. B12 is necessary for healthy production of red blood cells and delivery of oxygen throughout the body. Vitamin B6 balances testosterone levels and improves maturation and growth of sperm cells.

Vitamin E

This antioxidant also protects the DNA inside sperm. It is especially important to take vitamin E supplements when undergoing in vitro fertilization because studies show it can increase fertilization by 10%. 15 milligrams per day is recommended.

Calcium and vitamin D

Fertility for men can be improved by adding 1000mg of calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D each day. Try skim milk and yogurt. Or take a supplement to be sure you are getting everything you need.

Vitamins have healthy effects on male reproductive organs and cells. For optimum effect, men should start taking vitamins and supplements up to five months before trying to conceive so that the body has a chance to adjust and make positive changes.

Source: Mayo, LiveStrong, BabyCenter


 
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