Pycnogenol for Fertility - Does It
Thinking of using Pycnogenol for fertility enhancement in men?
Pycnogenol, a proprietary extract from the French maritime pine tree bark, has been proposed to help increase sperm count and quality in men suffering from infertility.
It is known that the sperm cells are highly sensitive to oxidative damage.
Pycnogenol is a potent antioxidant that can protect the fragile sperm cells.
Read on to find out what clinical research has been done to show how effective Pycnogenol is for helping to boost fertility in men...
studies on using Pycnogenol for fertility in men
There are three promising clinical trials to show that taking Pycnogenol does increase sperm quality and motility.
Improvement of seminal parameters with Prelox: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial.
Stanislavov R, Nikolova V, Rohdewald P.
Phytother Res. 2009 Mar;23(3):297-302.
This is a well-designed study that recruited 50 infertile men. They were given for 1 month either a placebo (sugar pill) or Prelox (combined L-arginine and Pycnogenol).
Men who took Prelox showed significant increases in the fertility index, which includes increased semen volume, sperm count and sperm quality (i.e. normal looking sperms).
After the men stopped treatment, the fertility index gradually dropped down to the original value.
This study provides convincing evidence that combining Pycnogenol with L-arginine can boost fertility in men.
Sperm parameters in male idiopathic infertility after treatment with prelox.
Nikolova V, Stanislavov R, Vatev I, et al.
Akush Ginekol (Sofiia). 2007;46(5):7-12.
This second study reported similar improvements in sperm quality after treating men who suffer from unexplained infertility.
Moreover, the improvements in sperm quality were greater in older infertile men than in younger infertile men.
But one important question still remains. Does Pycnogenol by itself work or will it need to be combined with L-arginine? The next study provided the answer.
Improvement in sperm quality and function with French maritime pine tree bark extract.
J Reprod Med. 2002 Oct;47(10):821-4.
This study involving 19 subfertile men showed that taking Pycnogenol by itself does work.
Pycnogenol improved sperm quality by 38%.
The author concluded that taking Pycnogenol may be a good first choice for couples considering IVF (in vitro fertilization) techniques for conceiving a child.
What is a suitable dose of Pycnogenol for fertility?
Several studies were done with a proprietary formulation Prelox (which contains L-arginine and Pycnogenol).
One study was conducted on Pycnogenol and the volunteers used 200 mg daily for a period of 90 days.
Note: Pycnogenol is a proprietary extract from the French maritime pine bark.
Thinking of taking Pycnogenol for fertility enhancement in men? Clinical studies show that it works.
Use 200 mg daily as this is shown to be an effective dose. Don't forget to avoid other nutritional deficiencies such as zinc and vitamin B12.
Natural remedies such as maca, coenzyme Q10, melatonin and L-arginine are shown to enhance fertility as well and are worth considering.
You have access to all these valuable articles from our Remedies for Fertility Home Page.
What are some other supplements to increase fertility?
As well, our must-read article Herbs to Increase Fertility reveals many useful natural remedies that can increase your chances
of getting pregnant.
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