Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Evidence is still limited on whether — or how much — herbs or supplements might help increase sperm count or overall sperm health.

Although there is no conclusive information on the benefit of dietary supplementation, certain vitamins, minerals and amino-acids may improve sperm count or sperm quality. They include:

  • Alpha-lipoic acid
  • Anthocyanins
  • L-arginine
  • Astaxanthin
  • Beta-carotene
  • Biotin
  • L-acetyl carnitine
  • L-carnitine
  • Cobalamin
  • Co-enzyme Q10
  • Ethyl cysteine
  • Folic acid
  • Glutathione
  • Inositol
  • Lycopene
  • Magnesium
  • N-acetyl cysteine
  • Pentoxifylline
  • Polyunsaturated fatty acids
  • Selenium
  • Vitamins A, C, D and E
  • Zinc

Talk to your doctor before taking any herbal remedies or supplements, as some can cause harm when taken in high doses (megadoses) or for extended periods of time.

June 12, 2014