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Male infertility: nutritional and environmental considerations.

Abstract

Studies confirm that male sperm counts are declining, and environmental factors, such as pesticides, exogenous estrogens, and heavy metals may negatively impact spermatogenesis. A number of nutritional therapies have been shown to improve sperm counts and sperm motility, including carnitine, arginine, zinc, selenium, and vitamin B-12. Numerous antioxidants have also proven beneficial in treating male infertility, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, glutathione, and coenzyme Q10. Acupuncture, as well as specific botanical medicines, have been documented in several studies as having a positive effect on sperm parameters. A multi-faceted therapeutic approach to improving male fertility involves identifying harmful environmental and occupational risk factors, while correcting underlying nutritional imbalances to encourage optimal sperm production and function.

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    Green Valley Health, Hagerstown, MD 21742, USA.

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    MeSH

    Acupuncture Therapy
    Complementary Therapies
    Environmental Exposure
    Environmental Pollutants
    Humans
    Infertility, Male
    Male
    Phytotherapy
    Risk Factors

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Review

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    10696117

    Citation

    Sinclair, S. "Male Infertility: Nutritional and Environmental Considerations." Alternative Medicine Review : a Journal of Clinical Therapeutic, vol. 5, no. 1, 2000, pp. 28-38.
    Sinclair S. Male infertility: nutritional and environmental considerations. Altern Med Rev. 2000;5(1):28-38.
    Sinclair, S. (2000). Male infertility: nutritional and environmental considerations. Alternative Medicine Review : a Journal of Clinical Therapeutic, 5(1), pp. 28-38.
    Sinclair S. Male Infertility: Nutritional and Environmental Considerations. Altern Med Rev. 2000;5(1):28-38. PubMed PMID: 10696117.
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