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Written by Roman Bystrianyk   
Thursday, 05 October 2006 00:00

According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, infertility affects over 6 million people in the United States. Male infertility accounts for 40% of infertility problems, which affects approximately 15% of couples. 

A number of nutritional approaches have been shown to improve sperm counts and sperm motility, such as zinc, selenium, vitamin B12, carnitine, and arginine. Also, numerous antioxidant nutrients have also proven beneficial in treating male infertility, such as glutathione, coenzyme Q10, and vitamins A and E. 

A new small study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food examined the effect of supplementing with vitamin C on men with infertility. The study consisted of 13 men aged 25 to 35 who supplemented with 1,000 mg of vitamin C twice daily for 2 months. 

Vitamin C protects sperm from oxidative damage and has been shown to improve sperm quality in smokers. One gram of vitamin C daily has also been found to be effective in agglutination, a condition that causes sperm to clump together. The study authors notes “men who lack vitamin C are also more likely to pass on genetically damaged sperm that can cause birth defects.” Several studies have shown that supplementation with vitamin C shows a significant improvement in sperm quality.

At the end of the study the there was a significant improvement in three parameters for measuring sperm quality. The percentage of motile sperm almost doubled from 31% to 60%, the total sperm count more than doubled, and the percentage of normal sperm increased from 43% to 67%. 

The authors conclude, “This trial has demonstrated the beneficial use of vitamin C in infertile male patients. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and powerful antioxidant that is needed to make collagen for muscles and blood vessels. It is important for wound healing and acts as a natural antihistamine. The beneficial effects of vitamin C might be ascribed to its antioxidant activity. Further blinded controlled studies are warranted to substantiate the results of this preliminary pilot study.”

Source: Journal of Medicinal Food


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