4 Key Nutrients for Men When Trying to Conceive

Contents

  • B12
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Zinc

B12

Vitamin B12 plays an important role in a man’s reproductive health. It is believed that B12 deficiencies can lead to genetic damage of the sperm cells, which can cause infertility.


Vitamin C

Not only is vitamin C an important vitamin for everyday life, it prevents sperm from “clumping”. Vitamin C can be obtained through whole foods or supplements.


Vitamin E

Vitamin E is essential for sperm health. Men who have normal levels of Vitamin E have improved sperm count and motility. It is essential that men consume Vitamin E rich foods on a regular basis, examples include sunflower seeds, fortified cereals, almonds, hazelnuts, spinach, kale, avocado and broccoli. Men can also take a Vitamin E supplement.


Zinc

Women and men both need zinc when trying to conceive. Zinc has been shown to increase testosterone levels, sperm count and sperm motility. High zinc sources include oysters, organ meats, lean beef, turkey, lamb, herring, wheat germ, legumes and nuts.


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Written by Hannah Kingston | Approved by Medical Director Dominic Rowley