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Can Vitamin C or E help male infertility?

Could it be that simple? New research found in Cleveland Clinic’s Urology News states that abnormal amount s of free radicals, naturally occurring but sometime dangerous molecule that may damage some cells, may actually be responsible for infertility in some men. Vitamins C and E have the power to neutralize free radicals.

Half of infertility cases are attributable to the man

Infertility expert Ashok Agarwal, PhD, HCLD, says that at least half of all infertility cases are due to a problem with the man. Male infertility is on the rise. Looking at the sperm of men who are experiencing unexplained infertility, Agarwal has found that levels of a certain type of free radial, called reactive oxygen species, is especially high. Low levels of this free radical are required to produce normal sperm, but tipping the scale to high amounts will lead to the destruction of normal sperm.

Free radicals: too much of a good thing

Since free radicals may be at the heart of the problem, antioxidants could be helpful since they neutralize free radicals. Antioxidants are not hard to find. They are in most healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. The best known ones are Vitamins C and E. There is little research which makes the connection between Vitamins C and E and fertility, but it does seem like a logical and harmless first step a man can take to improve fertility.

No research yet to back it up

Expert Mapan Yemini, MD, of the Diamond Institute for Infertility and Menopause, explained the hesitation to recommend the vitamins. “This is a very interesting observation… but we need much more research to look at this, so I’m trying to be cautious… Unexplained infertility is still a puzzle for us and mabe this will teach us something new we didn’t know before,” he said. “We’ve known for years that people have been reporting the potential of treating [unexplained infertility] with antioxidant treatments.”

But it can’t hurt to try

Agarwal agrees, but is a little more optimistic. “There are several studies that have been done in the past, but some of the studies were flawed… so there is conflicting data,” he pointed out. “However, there are no harmful effects of taking these antioxidants. That has been well established.”

Source: WebMD


 
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