Infertility is a general reproductive condition that occurs for a number of reasons ranging from low sperm count to erectile dysfunction and so on. It is important to know that foods and drugs have significant impact on male fertility. Vitamin E is one of such drugs (nutrients) that have the potential to increase the chances of conception.
What is Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that defends the cells from free radicals, which are substances that can damage the cells and leave one susceptible to certain health problems. The vitamin also plays a significant role in gene expression and cell signaling, which are crucial functions for getting pregnant and supporting a healthy pregnancy. Healthy adults need 15 milligrams of vitamin E each day to support these functions.
Vitamin E and Male Fertility
In men, vitamin E deficiency interferes with normal reproductive functions in men, according to Salman Azhar’s article “Alpha-Tocopherol and Male Fertility,” published in “The Encyclopedia of Vitamin E.” The deficiency can lead to testicular damage, which can inhibit normal hormonal secretion necessary for reproduction. Vitamin E might also play a role in sperm quality and motility. An increase in vitamin E and selenium at the same time might also improve sperm quality and motility.
Vitamin E and Female Fertility
In Women, vitamin E is known to prevent ovulation decline, one reason many older women have trouble getting pregnant, according to Michael Dooley, author of “Fit for Fertility.” Taking vitamin E before undergoing fertility treatments might also boost the success rate of pregnancy. The vitamin plays a role in the formation and maintenance of the placenta. A healthy placenta is essential.
Vitamin E and Fertility Management
Anyone confronted with the challenge of infertility must seek prompt medical attention from a gynecologist about the potential benefits of increasing vitamin E intake. Some food sources include wheat germ, sunflower seeds, almonds, hazelnuts, peanut butter, spinach, kiwi and mangoes.
It is however instructive and important to note that one must not take vitamin E without the approved medical advice. Excessive vitamin E in supplement form can cause hemorrhage and bleeding and the upper limit for vitamin E is 1,000 milligrams per day for healthy adults.
The risk of prostate cancer in men has also been linked to excessive intake of Vitamin E.
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