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Important Nutrients for Male Fertility

The following supplements have been shown to increase sperm count and/or motility. Allow 3-4 months for the supplements to work.

  • Arginine—Take 4 gr daily. Needed to produce sperm. If the sperm count is below 10 million per ml, arginine probably will not provide any benefit.
  • Coenzyme Q10—Take 10 mg daily. Increases sperm count and motility.
  • Flaxseed oil—Take 1 tbsp daily. Is a source of essential fatty acids.
  • L-carnitine—Take 3–4 grams daily. Required for normal sperm function.
  • Multivitamin-mineral—Buy a high-quality product and take one serving size (differs from brand to brand).
  • Selenium—Take 200 mcg daily. Improves sperm motility.
  • Vitamin B-12—Take 1000 mcg daily. A B-12 deficiency reduces sperm motility and sperm count. Even if no deficiency exists, B-12 supplementation may help men with a sperm count of less than 20 million per milliliter or a motility rate of less than 50 percent.
  • Vitamin C—Take 500 mg 2 times daily. Is an antioxidant.
  • Vitamin E—Take 400 IUs 2 times daily. Is an antioxidant and improves sperms’ ability to impregnate.
  • Zinc—Take 30 mg 2 times daily. Required for a healthy male reproductive system and sperm production.