Fertility Supplements For Men
The list of male fertility supplements is long. Those marketing these supplements claim they increase sperm count, movement (motility), and quality. Some of these supplements are easy to stock up on with the help of including certain foods in your diet, while others are only available in tablet form. Here's a list of the most popular supplements and herbs that can be used to boost male fertility:
*Arginine—Arginine has been studied to determine its effects on sperm count and motility. L-arginine in particular seems to have a salutary effect on sperm. While arginine is available in poultry and beef, L-arginine is manufactured through a fermentation process that helps isolate it from other proteins. Arginines found in both forms, "free" and "bound" can be found in large amounts in human sperm.
*Carnitine—Carnitine is a naturally occurring amino acid that is found in sperm in high concentrations. Carnitine is a crucial component for sperm function. Sportsmen have long sworn by carnitine as a supplement for body-building and endurance.
*Coenzyme Q10— Coenzyme Q10 assists the cell nutrients in the process of oxidation which is necessary to produce energy. This energy is utilized to raise the level of sperm motility and semen volume.
* Ginseng (Panax ginseng)—Chinese medicine has made use of this aromatic root for centuries in treating male infertility. Ginseng is thought to increase semen volume, fertility, and erectile function.
*Omega fatty acids—While you can now buy Omega fatty acids in capsule form, you can get them by eating leafy greens and fattier varieties of fish such as mackerel and salmon or by using vegetable oils in cooking. Two herbal supplements, evening primrose and starflower oil, contain omega-6 fatty acids, and these have been recommended for treating male factor infertility.
*Pumpkin seeds—The seeds are high in fatty acids and zinc, both powerhouses for aiding male fertility.
*Selenium—While you only need a trace of selenium, if you don't get enough, a deficiency can affect your fertility. Selenium is contained in fish, meat, poultry, dairy products, brazil nuts and whole grains.
*Zinc—A number of experts feel that zinc deficiency is behind sperm-poor semen. Getting enough zinc should help raise your sperm count and keep your levels of testosterone high enough to produce healthy sperm.
General dietary advice for improving fertility includes eating the freshest food possible. Your diet should contain fresh produce, whole grains, legumes, seeds, nuts, poultry, and fish. Avoid junk food, processed foods, and foods with high levels of saturated fats. Some experts feel that cutting out fizzy sodas is also beneficial since these disrupt the body's balance. Drink lots of water, of course, to help flush out toxins that accumulate within the body.