Androferti, an antioxidant food supplement for men

By (embryologist).
Last Update: 05/20/2021

When there is a male infertility problem, it is common that the cause is unknown. However, oxidative stress may be involved in these cases of idiopathic male infertility.

For this reason, the intake of antioxidants has attracted increasing interest with the intention of improving seminal quality and male fertility.

Androferti is a food supplement for men of reproductive age, which has several antioxidant compounds in its composition.

What is Androferti?

Androferti is an antioxidant food supplement composed of L-carnitine, coenzyme Q10, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B12, folic acid, selenium and zinc. Therefore, this preparation could reduce the negative effects of oxidative stress on spermatozoa.

Oxidative stress may be a cause of idiopathic male infertility, i.e. where there is no clear reason for the infertility. The production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) must be in balance with the body's antioxidant capacity to neutralize excess ROS. If this balance does not exist due to a high production of ROS or a defect in their elimination, oxidative stress appears.

In spermatozoa, oxidative stress can damage the plasma membrane and affect DNA integrity. Because of this, Androferti could improve sperm quality in terms of seminal parameters of sperm concentration, motility and morphology. In addition, Androferti could improve the integrity of sperm DNA, reducing its fragmentation.

How and when is Androferti taken?

Androferti comes in sachets with a granulate, which should be dissolved in 125-200 ml of water (about half a glass). Take 1 sachet of Androferti every 12 hours, so that 2 sachets are taken every day.

In this way, the absorption and assimilation of its components by the organism is favoured and a higher concentration of L-Carnitine than the basal concentration is always maintained.

It is recommended to prolong the intake of Androferti for 6 months. However, after 3 months some results can already be seen.

What are the functions of its components?

Several studies have been carried out to evaluate the effect of certain antioxidants, alone or in combination, on male fertility.

L-carnitine

L-carnitine is a molecule necessary for the transport of long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria, where they are metabolized for energy production. Spermatozoa accumulate L-carnitine during their maturation in the epididymis, which favours their energy production and has been related to sperm motility.

Studies suggest that fertile men have higher seminal concentrations of L-carnitine than infertile men. In addition, L-carnitine would be related to the improvement of seminal quality parameters studied in the seminogram: concentration, mobility and sperm morphology. However, validation of these results is required to confirm the relationship of L-carnitine with semen quality.

On the other hand, L-carnitine has antioxidant properties, so it can protect sperm from damage caused by reactive oxygen species (ROS) as we have already mentioned.

Vitamins, selenium and zinc

Androferti has in its composition vitamin E, an antioxidant whose level in seminal plasma has been related to the percentage of motile spermatozoa in semen.

Vitamin C is another antioxidant that is found in smaller amounts in the seminal fluid of infertile patients compared to fertile men. This vitamin can improve sperm motility in combination with vitamin E and zinc.

Folic acid (vitamin B9) in combination with zinc showed an increase in normal total sperm count in both infertile and fertile men.

On the other hand, selenium together with vitamin E could improve sperm motility.

FAQs from users

What is the price of Androferti?

By Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez (embryologist).

The price of a box of Androferti, containing 60 sachets, generally ranges from 60 to 90 euros.

What are the benefits of Androferti?

By Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez (embryologist).

Androferti has several antioxidants in its composition, thus providing benefits related to the reduction of sperm oxidative stress.

These benefits include the improvement of sperm quality parameters such as sperm concentration, sperm morphology and motility, and the reduction of sperm DNA fragmentation.

Can women take Androferti?

By Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez (embryologist).

No. Androferti is a food supplement for men to improve fertility.

Suggested for you

If you are interested in reading more about antioxidants and semen quality, we recommend you to read the following article: What are Antioxidants and How Do They Affect Sperm Quality?

If, on the other hand, you would like to learn more about the tests that are performed to evaluate male fertility, you can visit the following link: Male Fertility Testing - How Do You Know if You Are Infertile?

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 Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez
Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez
Embryologist
Graduate in Health Biology from the University of Alcalá and specialized in Clinical Genetics from the same university. Master in Assisted Reproduction by the University of Valencia in collaboration with IVI clinics. More information about Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez
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