Millions of dollars are spent each year on fertility treatments and countless couples have sought complicated medical procedures to help them increase their ability to conceive. However, the results of a new study indicate that increasing consumption of antioxidants may be a simple, inexpensive way to help these couples conceive.
Researchers from St. Thomas Hospital in London examined the results of several previous studies that dealt with antioxidant supplementation and fertility. The results of these studies indicated that the nutrients may be able to improve men's fertility.
The authors wrote in their report, which was published in the journal Reproductive Biomedicine, that antioxidants may improve the mobility of sperm, making each cell more effective.
"Trials showed an improvement in either sperm quality or pregnancy rate after antioxidant therapy," the authors wrote. "The use of oral antioxidants in infertile men could improve sperm quality and pregnancy rates."
There are more than 7 million women who have sought infertility services in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.