Male fertility supplements are more likely to cause gastrointestinal problems than they are to boost fertility, the recent study says. As UPI reports, the dietary supplements are the myth, they have little to no effect on fertility,
the marketing is one of the great things of our times, the multiple studies have proven. According to researcher Enrique Schisterman from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, these supplements don’t improve pregnancy rates, they are could cause abdominal discomfort, nausea and even vomiting instead.
“Our results suggest that these dietary supplements have little to no effect on fertility and may even cause mild gastrointestinal symptoms,” Schisterman said.
Traditionally, dietary supplements for improving male fertility contains zinc and folic acid. These substances don’t appear to boost male fertility, because the problem is much deeper and cannot be resolved with only changing the diet.
The sperm counts or sperm function could be improved, and none dietary supplements are able to do it, the American researchers say.
Male fertility couldn’t be improved with dietary supplements
Researcher Enrique Schisterman who works with the institute’s division of intramural population health research has published the study’s results in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The researchers recruited more than 2,300 U.S. couples planning to get fertility treatment. They randomly assigned the men to take a pill containing zinc and folic acid or a placebo.
Births didn’t differ between men who got the supplement and men who didn’t. Among men who took the supplement, there were 404 births, compared with 416 among men who took the placebo, according to the study’s result.
During the experiment, men who took the supplement also reported more abdominal discomfort, nausea and vomiting than men who took the placebo.
Sperm health was also similar between the groups. But the proportion of broken DNA in the sperm was higher in the supplement group, at 30 percent, than in the placebo group, at 27 percent. Studies have linked a high rate of broken sperm DNA with infertility, the researchers noted.