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Vitamins for Men Trying to Conceive

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author image Julia Bodeeb
Julia Bodeeb started online writing in 2007. She also worked on staff in medical publishing for more than a decade as a reporter, managing editor and in book acquisitions. She won a Pulitzer Center Global Issues/Citizen Voices Award in 2008. Bodeeb has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Monmouth University and postgraduate credits in psychology and law.
Vitamins for Men Trying to Conceive
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Overview

Vitamin treatments have long been used to help boost fertility levels in men. Eating healthy foods and taking certain vitamins will prime the body to be ready to successfully create a pregnancy. There are several vitamins that provide benefits when you are trying to conceive a baby. MayoClinic.com notes that vitamin supplements can cause problematic drug interactions. Get advice from a doctor before starting any vitamin treatment program to aid fertility.

Folic Acid

Folic acid is a B vitamin. This supplement is used to boost fertility in men. MayoClinic.com reports that treatment with folic acid is believed to boost the motility of sperm. It also works to improve overall sperm counts. The Cornell Institute of Reproductive Medicine suggests you take 800 mcg of folic acid daily to help aid conception. Research is still underway to determine the full benefits of folic acid as a tool to improve fertility in men.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is used as a treatment for male infertility when it involves reactive oxygen species, a condition where molecules in sperm cells or seminal white blood occur in abnormally high numbers and impede fertility due to damaging the sperm, notes the American Urological Association. To boost potential for conception, take vitamin E in a dose of 400 international units twice daily to work as an antioxidant to help remove the toxic reactive oxygen species from sperm cells. Vitamin E treatment helps to improve the rate of fertilization, notes MayoClinic.com.

Vitamin C

The University of Michigan Health Center reports that taking vitamin C, a water soluble vitamin, will help to build male fertility. The recommended dosage is 1,000 mg of vitamin C daily. This vitamin will aid conception by limiting the oxidative changes in the body from free radicals that damage sperm cells.

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