To Increase Male Fertility
There are Simple Solutions
If you want to learn to Increase Male Fertility, there ARE simple solutions that it's not likely that your doctor has told you about, but that does not make them any less valid.
The trick that you need to know to increase male fertility is that there ARE no male fertility drugs or surgeries that are going to help you. You need to think about your problem from a different perspective- and as long as the Causes of Infertility in Men are not structural or irreversible, its' likely that it is mostly a Nutritional issue and therefore fairly easy to remedy in many- if not most- cases!
Below, I'll outline a step-by-step program for you to improve male fertility as much as possible to remedy the Causes of Infertility in Men that are the most common, but that your doctor has not been likely to tell you about. Ideally, both you AND your partner will go on this program to improve the odds of getting pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy.
Gluten Free Diet and
There is such a strong connection between Gluten Sensitivity and Infertility in both men and women that going on a gluten free diet for male fertility is really the most important first step in any program to try to have an alternative to in vitro fertilization.
When you read the pages on Gluten Sensitivity and the Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance- you, like most people AND their doctors- just don't see themselves in those pages and they say, "I don't have those symptoms". But, in fact, having male infertility IS a symptom.
While avoiding a specific food to increase male fertility doesn't seem to be logical, if you or your partner is sensitive to gluten, then you can SOLVE the underlying problem that is causing your infertility. This actually makes VERY good sense when you understand that gluten creates Increased Intestinal Permeability which leads to malabsorption of the nutrients needed to create healthy sperm.
Now does this make sense? Even if it doesn't, a gluten free diet for male fertility may just be the KEY to increase male fertility. So, both you AND your partner would be well served to follow the dietary instructions in The Healthy Urban Kitchen which will clean out processed foods while eliminating major food allergies that could be causing problems with fertility in either one of you.
Get on a High Quality Multivitamin
This is a seriously overlooked step and is extremely important for both partners. While women are counseled to get on a multivitamin for pregnancy, most prenatal multivitamins are PITIFUL and men are NEVER counseled to take vitamins to increase male fertility. And even those who are aren't given a quality multivitamin that might actually make a difference in their fertility by remedying any nutrient deficiencies that they might have.
For the best chance to increase male fertility, your multivitamin should contain nutrients that have each, individually, been shown to improve sperm motility, density and quality- such as Longevity Plus' Beyond Any Multiple . Your multivitamin should contain ALL of the nutrients below:
- Vitamin E: must be in the form of 'Mixed Tocopherals' and not just 'Vitamin E'. A dose of at least 400 IU's was the minimum used in most studies that showed improved male fertility
- Selenium: Taking at least 150 mg per day of selenium can help to reduce 'oxidative stress' and increases Glutathione, a powerful antioxidant
- Zinc: infertile men have been shown to have decreased zinc concentrations in ejaculate. At least 10 mg per day.
- B Vitamins: Most vitamins have low levels of B vitamins and low b vitamin status is frequently found in many chronic illnesses.
Take Extra Vitamin B12 with Folic Acid
Male infertility has been shown to be a Vitamin B 12 Deficiency Symptom in many many studies. Since both folic acid and B12 have been shown to improve male fertility in those who are deficient. Since Vitamin B12 Levels are almost completely useless and both vitamin b12 and folic acid are EXTREMELY SAFE even in high dosages, it makes sense to simply take a moderate dosage of these safe nutrients in order to ensure that you are sufficient.
Please see the Treatment of Vitamin B12 Deficiency page for specific dosages. Be sure to use the higher quality Methylcobalamin B12 supplements, like you'll find in Beyond B12 and NOT the less expensive but inferior quality cyanocobalamin that most supplements contain.
Antioxidants to Reduce
'Reactive Oxygen Species' or free radical damage, also called Oxidative Stress has been implicated in MANY studies as one of the MAJOR Causes of Infertility in Men, and 'Antioxidants' that counteract the oxidative stress have been shown to increase male fertility. Selenium and vitamin e, as noted above, are not only essential nutrients- but antioxidants that have been used for improved male fertility.
Other antioxidants, such as Lipoic Acid Supplements, have been shown to be such powerful antioxidants that they have been shown to be able to help men RETAIN their fertility throughout procedures, such as chemotherapy, that are often one of the induced Causes of Infertility in Men!!
Get Enough Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acids are critical for the fluidity of the cell membrane of the sperm. Unfortunately, western diets of processed foods and feed lot animals simply do not give us the Benefits Omega 3 Fatty Acids bring- and this is likely one of the reasons that chronic illnesses are on the rise.
Omega 3 fatty acids are also well-known to reduce inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. So when conditions such as Crohn's Disease or Celiac Disease- which are known Causes of Infertility in Men- are present, then omega 3 fatty acids can reduce the inflammation that leads to the malabsorption that leads to the infertility. Eventually, this decrease in inflammation can help to eventually Increase Male Fertility.
As you can see, there are a LOT
of nutritional interventions that you can do to Improve Male Fertility- almost all of which are well researched and easy to do. And almost none of which your doctor is likely to tell you about. Keep reading to find out why- if you don't have any irreversible fertility problems- that there are really only a couple of Causes of Infertility in Men...
Causes of Infertility in Men
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