Male Fertility

Ways to Boost Male Fertility

There are different ways to boost male fertility in Ottawa, ON, Canada.

                                                                       

Selenium : Selenium as a supplement may help reduce infertility in some cases. Specifically, selenium has an important role in the biosynthesis of testosterone and production of sperm. Males deficient in selenium have been shown to have a higher risk for male-factor infertility [1].

                                                                       

Get Enough Vitamin C: Oxidative stress can reach harmful levels in the body and there is some evidence the oxidative stress can head to problems with male fertility. Taking enough antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, may counteract some of the harmful effects and there is evidence that Vitamin C may improve semen quality, particularly normal sperm morphology and reduce damage to the DNA in sperm cells [2].

                                                                       

Check Vitamin D Levels: Vitamin D may be a nutrient that boosts testosterone levels. Vitamin D is necessary to increase the amount of circulating bioavailable testosterone hormone in males. Bioavailable testosterone is how the concentration of total testosterone available in the body that can actually be used by organs, and in this case the testis. Vitamin D has also been shown to increase sperm motility in men that are Vitamin D deficient [3].

                                                                       

Exercise Regularly: Exercise can improve physical performance and raise testosterone levels. Studies show that men who exercise have higher testosterone levels and better sperm quality than those who are inactive. Too much exercise can have the opposite effect, however. Current recommendations are for moderate-intensity exercise to increase male fertility [4].

                                                                       

Get Enough Zinc: the mineral is important to support optimal sperm production and has been shown to improve sperm production when supplemented over a period of 3 months [2].

This article is in no way a replacement for medical advice or medical care, it is advised that anyone concerned about their Health should speak with their Naturopathic Doctor.

References:

  1. Rayman, M. P. (2000). The importance of selenium to human health. The Lancet, 356(9225), 233–241.

  2. Smits, R. M., Mackenzie-Proctor, R., Yazdani, A., Stankiewicz, M. T., Jordan, V., & Showell, M. G. (2019). Antioxidants for male subfertility. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

  3. Angelis, C. D., Galdiero, M., Pivonello, C., Garifalos, F., Menafra, D., Cariati, F., … Pivonello, R. (2017). The role of vitamin D in male fertility: A focus on the testis. Reviews in Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders, 18(3), 285–305.

  4. Hayden, R. P., Flannigan, R., & Schlegel, P. N. (2018). The Role of Lifestyle in Male Infertility: Diet, Physical Activity, and Body Habitus. Current Urology Reports, 19(7).

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