Antioxidants may boost male fertility

Mar 10, 2011

Blueberries are an example of an antioxidant rich fruit.

Antioxidants such as Vitamin E may have a role in helping couples conceive, according to a recent study published by the Cochrane Group.

The idea behind the study was the general belief that male subfertility may be caused by an overprevalance of harmful molecules that enter the system and go on to damage sperm. Researchers say that antioxidants have the ability to stabilize free radicals, thereby mitigating their harmful effects on DNA cells.

A group of New Zealand researchers reviewed 34 studies that included nearly 3,000 couples undergoing fertility treatment, where the male partner also used one or two different antioxidant supplements. After analyzing 15 studies in which 96 pregnancies resulted out of 964 couples, researchers say they discovered antioxidant use was associated with a four-fold increase in the odds of conception.

Women who are trying to get pregnant should also be aware of the risks associated with pregnancy. According to the Center for Disease Control, the American maternal mortality rate in 2007 was 12.9 deaths per 100,000 live births. Women concerned about potential death while in labor should consider term life insurance policies to provide for their families in case they encounter fatal childbirth complications.  

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