Scientists have discovered that consuming an antioxidant supplement daily for three months does not help improve sperm quality among infertile men as previously thought and therefore can not be considered a therapy.
According to the authors, spermatogenesis – production or development of mature sperm and transport together take approximately 74 days, but reactive oxygen species have a greater negative effect during the much shorter sperm transport phase than during the spermatogenesis, so it is believed that antioxidants benefit even after a short interval. These are the causes of male infertility in India.
"The results do not support the empirical use of antioxidant therapy for male infertility in couples trying to conceive naturally," said Anne Steiner, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. , USA UU
For the study, presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of ESHRE in Barcelona, the team conducted a clinical follow-up of 174 couples where men daily took an antioxidant supplement in the form of a tablet containing vitamins C, D3 and E, folic acid, zinc, selenium and L-carnitine, while the control group received a placebo.
The findings showed only a "slight" overall difference in sperm concentration between the two groups, and there were no significant differences in morphology: the shape and size of sperm cells, motility, ability to sperm to swim or move, or measurements of DNA fragmentation, damage to the DNA of sperm.
In addition, the natural conception rate during ini According to the researchers, the three months were 10.5 percent in the antioxidant group and a little more than nine percent in the placebo group.
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Published: July 3, 2018 2:01 p.m. | Updated: July 3, 2018 at 2:10 p.m.