A new review that was published in The Cochrane Library may suggest that males with subfertility could benefit from taking oral antioxidants when trying to conceive.
The paper looked at 34 clinical studies involving 2,876 couples and found that men taking supplements like vitamin E, L-carnitine, zinc and magnesium supplements had a better chance of impregnating their wives and increased sperm motility.
The results may come as good news to the one in 20 men who suffer from subfertility and wish to conceive.
Researchers noted that the subject needs to be explored further since many of the studies had small group sizes and no tests were done to see if one antioxidant was more effective than another.
The National Institutes of Health has reported that antioxidants can be useful in flushing radicals from the body. Such molecules include pollution, smoke and byproducts from food digestion that can damage cells and possibly cause cancer and other diseases. Free radicals can also have a detrimental effect on sperm count and effectiveness, among other things.