Several long-term studies have shown that quality factors of human sperm, in particular sperm count, movement and shapes have dropped by more than half in recent decades. More than 100 clinical studies have now shown that a group of 15 widely-available antioxidants (for example, from plant extracts), amino acids, vitamins and trace elements can effectively improve these quality factors.

We have compared 9 of the most popular male fertility supplements based on the nutrient combinations they offer.

The Top 5 in Summary

WINNER

per month

  • Combines the most effective male fertility nutrients into one comprehensive product

2nd

aminoexpert® Fertil M Pro

AUD 39.50

per month

  • Cheapest top 5 product with 12 out of 15 male fertility nutrients present in high concentrations

3rd

per month

  • Broad nutrient mix

  • Missing key vitamins A, C & D and pine bark extract

4th

per month

  • Good vitamins and antioxidant mix
  • No amino acids except for unspecified amounts of Carnitine

5th

per month

  • Broad mix of vitamins
  • No amino acids at all, nor folic acid or pine bark extract

Sperm production (spermatogenesis) in men is a complex and sensitive process, i.e. to environmental factors such as trauma (temperature, physical) as well as nutritional deficiencies (a poor diet).

Several long-term studies have shown that quality factors of human sperm, in particular quantity, motility and appearance have dropped by more than half in recent decades.

More than 100 clinical studies have now shown that semen volume, sperm count, and sperm shape (morphology) as well as their ability to swim (motility) can be effectively improved by taking antioxidants (for example, from plant extracts), amino acids, vitamins and trace elements. These substances are often combined in male fertility supplements and are available over the counter.

Fertility scientists tend to recommend several fertility supplements in addition to a cleaner, greener, organic whole food diet with more fruit and raw vegetables.

This approach will guarantee an optimal supply of the most important micronutrients to protect DNA from free radicals and enhance sperm production.

Nutrients can increase

  • sperm movement by up to 23% 1
  • sperm volume by up to 33% 2
  • sperm count even by to up 215% 3

Male Fertility Supplements Compared

  • the biggest single factor for reduced male fertility is DNA damage caused by oxidative stress. This can be effectively reduced with the right antioxidants.

  • when more nutrients are combined this is much more effective than fewer or single micronutrients in enhancing male fertility, because “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link”.

Side-by-side comparison of male fertility supplements

top-5-label

AUD 49.95per box
AUD 49.95per box

AUD 39.50per box
AUD 39.50per box

AUD 95.99per box
AUD 95.99per box
pro-fertil

AUD 41.90per box
AUD 41.90per box
fertilaid

AUD 44.66per box
AUD 44.66per box
mygenhealth

Scoring: L-Arginine: 0-200mg = Cross; 201-400 mg = 1 tick; 401mg + = 2 ticks. Citrulline: 0-200mg = Cross; 201-400mg = 1 tick; 401mg + = 2 ticks. L-carnitine: 0-100mg = Cross; 101-250mg = 1 tick; 251mg + = 2 ticks. N-Acetyl-Cysteine: 0-30mg = Cross; 31-60mg = 1 tick; 61mg + = 2 ticks. Glutathione: 0-30mg = Cross; 31-60mg = 1 tick; 61mg + = 2 ticks. Pine bark extract: 0-20mg = Cross; 21-50mg = 1 tick; 51mg + = 2 ticks. Zinc: 0-6mg = Cross; 7-12mg = 1 tick; 12mg + = 2 ticks. Selenium: 0-30μg = Cross; 31-50μg = 1 tick; 51μg + = 2 ticks. Omega-3: 0-50mg = Cross; 51-300mg = 1 tick; 300mg + = 2 ticks. Vitamin A / β-carotene: 0-300μg = Cross; 301-1000μg = 1 tick; 1001μg + = 2 ticks. Vitamin C: 0-80mg = Cross; 81-150mg = 1 tick; 151mg + = 2 ticks. Vitamin D: 0-4μg = Cross; 5-9μg = 1 tick; 10 ug + = 2 ticks. Vitamin E: 0-12mg = Cross; 13-80mg = 1 tick; 81mg + = 2 ticks. Folic Acid / Vitamin B9: 0-100μg = Cross; 101-500μg = 1 tick; 501μg + = 2 ticks. Coenzyme Q10: 0-5mg = Cross; 6-10mg = 1 tick; 11mg + = 2 ticks.

top-5-label

AUD 27.99per box
AUD 27.99per box
blackmores-conceive-well-men

AUD 44.66per box
AUD 44.66per box
fertility-blend

AUD 69.95per box
AUD 69.95per box
fertile-max

AUD 74.99per box
AUD 74.99per box
menevit

These products contain good fertility nutrients, but in lower concentrations than the Top 5 products.

Who should consider fertility supplements?

The sperm production cycle takes approximately 80 days, which is why the supplements should be taken for at least three months. Ideally, until the partner is past the critical 12 week pregnancy mark. In addition, aspiring fathers  must pay particular attention to their diet and lifestyle (more tips here).

Therefore, fertility experts routinely recommend aspiring fathers several months of food supplements as a standard preparation for IVF and other fertility treatments. The active ingredients are highly concentrated standard nutrients also found in common foods. These fertility supplements are therefore classified as foods.

Both male and female partners should start taking them as soon as they start trying to conceive. This is due to a variety of reasons: a high level of safety (in principle no side effects), good proven efficacy, very moderate financial cost (particularly in relation to a artificial fertilisation) and because sperm generation actually takes 90 days. Due to their high safety level the supplements are suitable for continuous consumption.

Fertility scientists therefore tend to recommend food supplements in addition to a cleaner, greener, organic whole food diet with significantly more fruit and raw vegetables.

This approach will guarantee an optimal supply of the most important micronutrients to allow sperm production to run at optimum levels.

Summary

Indeed, the best products offer the widest wide range of proven effective ingredients. In terms of cost one should budget between $40 and $60 per month.

Relative to their importance and the physical, emotional and monetary cost of the alternatives, however, that is a minor investment.

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Male Fertility Nutrients

More than a natural dozen amino acids, vitamins and minerals have proven fertility-enhancing benefits. Fertility clinics therefore tend to recommend 3+ months of fertility supplements to aspiring fathers prior to attempting conception.

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pinienrindenextrakt fuer mehr Fruchtbarkeit

Pine Bark Extract Can Help Enhance Sperm Health And Improve Erectile Function.

It is particularly effective when combined with the amino acid L-arginine.

Carnitin ist besonders gut fuer die männliche Fruchtbarkeit

Why L-Carnitine Is Critical For Male Fertility

Carnitine improves male fertility by supporting sperm count, sperm concentration, motility, nuclear DNA integrity and morphology.

Boost Sperm Movement And Promote Strong Erections With Natural Arginine.

Male fertility and sexual function are significantly influenced by the availability of arginine in the body.

  1. “Imhof, Martin et al., “Improvement of sperm quality after micronutritient supplementation”, e-SPEN, the European e-Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism”
  2. “Imhof, Martin et al., “Improvement of sperm quality after micronutritient supplementation”, e-SPEN, the European e-Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism”
  3. “Imhof, Martin et al., “Improvement of sperm quality after micronutritient supplementation”, e-SPEN, the European e-Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism”