When men experience any kind of sexual dysfunction, including sperm motility problems, low sperm count or decreased sex drive, it can be embarrassing and frustrating for them. Considering consulting your physician for an exam if any of these issues occur. You can also change your diet to try to correct certain sexual disfunction problems, including adding more vitamin E to your diet.
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Improved Sperm Motility
Taking vitamin E supplements or changing your diet to incorporate foods rich in vitamin E, like sunflower seeds, nuts, turnip greens and tomatoes, can help improve the quality of your sperm. Research published in the March-April 2003 issue of "Archives of Andrology" indicates that study participants who took 400 mg of vitamin E in conjunction with 225 mcg of selenium showed improvements in sperm motility. MayoClinic.com reports that how well your sperm are able to move directly impacts your fertility as sperm need to be able to make their way over distances to fertilize an egg, and motility helps them to this.
Increased Sperm Count
Having a low sperm count can decrease your fertility. MayoClinic.com defines a low sperm count has having less than 20 million sperm per milliliter of your semen. This can happen for any number of reasons, from simple causes like aging and infections to more complication issues like tumors and chromosome defects. Your physician may recommend surgery or hormone treatment, but taking vitamin E supplements may help as well. Vitamin E, an antioxidant, protects your body from damage from free radicals, according to Medline Plus. Research published in the February 2009 issue of the "Journal of the Indian Medical Association" suggests that low numbers of sperm correlate to free radical damage, and vitamin E may find use in guarding your sperm against this damage.
Incorporating more vitamin E into your daily diet may help increase your sex drive. The Men's Fitness website reports that eating foods with vitamin E help raise the testosterone levels in your body. Without enough testosterone in your body, your sexual stamina and sexual interest may wane. When sex drive levels plummet, your physician my recommend hormone therapy, according to the website of Michael A. Werner, MD, a urologist in private practice, although adding vitamin E to your diet may be a more natural way to help. The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends taking 400IU per day of vitamin E to prevent or treat sexual dysfunction like depressed sex drive that may result from hormonal imbalances.
REFERENCES & RESOURCES
- PubMed: Sperm oxidative stress and the effect of an oral vitamin E and selenium supplement on semen quality in infertile men
- PubMed: Influence of oxidants and anti-oxidants on semen parameters in infertile males
- MayoClinic.com: Low Sperm Count
- Medline Plus: Vitamin E
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Sexual Dysfunction
- Men's Fitness: 10 Ways to Boost Testosterone
- MayoClinic.com: Testosterone Therapy