- 5 mg folic acid + 66 mg zinc (improves sperm count by 74%, but induces 4% increase in abnormal sperm) – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11872201
A worrying history
How to increase male fertility
There are a number of things a man can do to improve his fertility. These include lifestyle choices such as the elimination of fast food, nicotine and alcohol, regular exercise, restful sleep and the reduction of stress.
In addition, scientific studies have show that an increase in sperm count can be achieved by taking the following food supplements:
Improving semen volume
There is no scientifically proven way to increase semen volume. Contrary to much marketing on the internet, it is assumed that an adequate intake of water and fluids may maximise the semen volume but this “increase” will also be within normal limits.
Most men mistakenly believe that increasing semen volume, also means increasing fertility.
This is, however, incorrect, because fertility is a function of sperm count (million / ml) x progressive normal motility (%) x normal shapes (%). Semen volume probably rises more with a longer period of abstinence (3-5 days) from sexual intercourse or masturbation.
- amino acids such as Arginine and Carnitine
- antioxidants such as Glutathione and and co-emzyme Q10
- trace metals such as zinc and selenium
- vitamins such as A, B9 (folic acid), C, D and E
- extracts such as pine bark extracts (Pycgnogenol)
These amino acids, vitamins and trace elements are naturally occurring nutrients and no side effects are to be expected. On the contrary, increasing the supply of such micronutrients causes significant health benefits such as a stabilisation of the immune system, a positive effect on cardiovascular circulation and skin and hair health.
There is therefore no medical reason not to implement a micronutrient rich diet for a half or a full year.