Boosting male fertility relies on the link between fertility and a person’s overall health and wellbeing. The good news is that if men make positive changes to their health they can see the affect on their fertility by getting another semen sample tested (which women can’t do to check their egg quality). We know that toxins have a major impact on fertility for both sexes, and that antioxidant levels help reduce the negative impact of oxidative stress on fertility, which makes them an important tool to improve sperm quality, which along with a few other options, offers practical ways for men to significantly raise their fertility.
Oxidative stress is recognized as being one of the most important causes of male infertilityi, and the term ‘oxidative stress’ describes an imbalance between ‘reactive oxygen species’ types of chemicals that can form in cells, and the body’s ability to quickly detoxify these chemicals, or repair the damage they cause.
- Oxidation is a chemical reaction that’s crucial to life as the oxidation of sugars in the cells is essential for metabolism (it’s how food is converted into the energy cells need to live)
- ‘Reactive oxygen species’ (ROS) include ‘peroxides’ and ‘free radicals’ which are formed when essential oxidation reactions get out of control
- The ‘free radicals’ and peroxides can start chain reactions that damage cell structures (particularly the DNA) which disrupts how they function and can even kill cells
- Antioxidants are substances that reduce the oxidation of other molecules. They can stop the formation of ‘free radical’ chain reactions by removing intermediate steps in the development of the ‘free radical’
- Plants and animals have developed complex systems to protect their cells which involve having many types of antioxidants which work together to limit the extent of the oxidation reactions and prevent the development of free radicals
Antioxidants are so important to male fertility that