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Boosting sperm health: the role of antioxidants in supporting male infertility

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Male infertility is a growing concern in today's society, with research suggesting that it affects up to one in six people trying to conceive.

In fact, sperm rates have dropped by around 50% in the last 50 years*.

Various factors can contribute to male infertility, including lifestyle choices, genetic factors, and exposure to environmental toxins. However, recent studies have shown that antioxidants may play a crucial role in supporting sperm health and addressing male infertility.

The male reproductive system is a complex network of organs and hormones that work together to produce and transport sperm. Sperm health is vital for successful conception, and it is evaluated based on parameters such as sperm count, motility (movement), and morphology (shape). Abnormal sperm morphology, where sperm have abnormal size or shape, can significantly impact fertility as it affects their ability to penetrate the egg and fertilise it.

What are antioxidants?

Antioxidants are compounds that protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can harm cells and DNA. The body produces some antioxidants naturally, but they can also be obtained through diet and supplements.

How can antioxidants support sperm health?

Antioxidants have been found to have a positive impact on sperm health by reducing oxidative stress, which is an imbalance between production and accumulation of oxygen reactive species (ROS) in cells and tissues and our body’s ability to detoxify them. Oxidative stress can lead to sperm damage and is known to be a contributing factor to male infertility.

How to support your sperm health with antioxidants

Diet:

You can start by consuming a variety of colourful fruits and vegetables, such as berries, citrus fruits, leafy greens, and carrots, which are rich in antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene.

Additionally, incorporating foods like nuts, seeds, whole grains, and legumes can provide essential antioxidants like selenium and zinc.

Why not try Zita's antioxidant packed avocado smoothie recipe by tapping here?

Supplements:

Zita West Vitamen Boost 1 is a specially formulated supplement that contains a blend of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals designed to support male reproductive health.

The key ingredients in Vitamen Boost 1 include vitamins C and E, selenium, zinc, and coenzyme Q10, which are known for their antioxidant properties and their ability to reduce oxidative stress in the body.

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a potent antioxidant that helps protect sperm from oxidative damage. It has been shown to improve sperm count, motility, and morphology. Vitamin E, another powerful antioxidant, plays a crucial role in protecting sperm cells from damage and improving sperm quality. Selenium is a mineral that has been found to be essential for sperm function and motility, while zinc is known to play a role in sperm production and quality. Coenzyme Q10 is a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to improve sperm motility and overall sperm health.

It's important to note that while antioxidants may have a positive impact on sperm health, they are not a standalone treatment for male infertility. Male infertility can have various causes, and treatment plans should be tailored to the individual's specific condition.

Male infertility is a complex condition that affects many couples trying to conceive. Antioxidants, such as those found in Zita West Vitamen Boost, may play a crucial role in supporting sperm health and addressing male infertility by reducing oxidative stress.

To learn more about how we can support your fertility journey via diet, lifestyle and product recommendations, why not book a free 1:1 consultation with us by tapping here.

 

*https://academic.oup.com/humupd/article/29/2/157/6824414

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