Does using selenium for fertility increase the chance of pregnancy?
For couples who experience difficulty in getting pregnant, there is hope that the use of different types of herbs, vitamins and minerals might help to boost fertility.
In men, the quality of the sperm cells plays a significant role in ensuring a successful pregnancy. Indeed, test tube and animal studies have shown that low levels of selenium in the blood seem to impair sperm motility and quality.
Read on to find out what experts have to say about the effects of selenium on sperm cell quality and quantity...
The role of antioxidant therapy in the treatment of male infertility.
Agarwal A, Sekhon LH.
Hum Fertil (Camb). 2010 Dec;13(4):217-25.
There is evidence that oxidative stress can damage sperm cells, leading to poor sperm quality and thus infertility in men. This study reviewed all existing research studies done on the use of antioxidants in fertility enhancement.
But the second study below is more revealing as to how effective using selenium for fertility enhancement is.
Selenium-vitamin E supplementation in infertile men: effects on semen parameters and pregnancy rate.
Moslemi MK, Tavanbakhsh S.
Int J Gen Med. 2011 Jan 23;4:99-104.
This second study looked at 690 men who suffered from infertility. Their average age is 28.5 years and they suffered from infertility for at least a one year period.
The researchers wanted to see the benefits of giving them 200 mcg (micrograms) of selenium combined with vitamin E (400 IU) on their sperm cells. These men took this combination for a period of just over 3 months.
Here is what they found when they summarized all the data:
Over 50% of the men experienced improved sperm motility and quality.
There was about an 11% higher pregnancy rate in the men who took this antioxidant combination compared to those who did not.
In looking at the numbers from a statistically standpoint, the combination of selenium and vitamin E was effective in treating male infertility as well as in preventing miscarriage (spontaneous abortion).
These two studies and several others suggest that the use of antioxidants can boost sperm speed and quality in men who suffer from infertility from unknown causes.
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Should a man consider taking selenium for fertility improvement?
Yes. Both animal and clinical studies show that low selenium levels lowers sperm motility and quality. This is especially true in men who suffer from infertility problems.
We suggest taking 200 mcg (micrograms) of selenium along with 400 IU of vitamin E daily.
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