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How do antioxidants help male fertility?

By Dr. Mónica Aura Masip.
Last Update: 04/21/2020

Oxidative stress is an imbalance in the cellular environment, produced by toxic factors that surround us and that are especially aggressive to sperm. It can affect sperm in several ways: their development throughout their evolution, their morphology, their ability to move (motility), and their fertile capacity since it damages their DNA. This explains the sperm damage.

Antioxidants are substances, essentially natural products, that we find in our food and try to rebalance the balance of sperm metabolism between free radicals (oxidative stress) and antioxidants in the body (the body's ability to combat them), increasing the latter and repairing the damage caused.

Multiple studies have shown that antioxidants (L-Carnitine, Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Selenium, Zinc) produce an increase in both the number of spermatozoa and their mobility.

In spite of all this, the effectiveness of antioxidants is only given by correct diagnosis and an adequate therapeutic guideline when faced with a certain process of infertility.

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Dr. Mónica  Aura Masip
Dr. Mónica Aura Masip
Gynecologist
Dr. Mónica Aura has a degree in Medicine and General Surgery from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). She is also a specialist in Gynecology and Obstetrics from the Hospital de Santa Creu y Sant Pau and has a Master's degree in Human Assisted Reproduction from the University Juan Carlos I of Madrid and another in Health Center Management from the UB.
Licence number: 31588
Gynecologist. Dr. Mónica Aura has a degree in Medicine and General Surgery from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). She is also a specialist in Gynecology and Obstetrics from the Hospital de Santa Creu y Sant Pau and has a Master's degree in Human Assisted Reproduction from the University Juan Carlos I of Madrid and another in Health Center Management from the UB. Licence number: 31588.
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