Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Evidence is still limited on whether — or how much — herbs or supplements might help increase male fertility. Some supplements may help only if you have a deficiency.

Supplements that show some promise for improving sperm count or sperm quality include:

  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin B-12
  • Folic acid
  • L-carnitine
  • Vitamin C
  • Beta carotene

Talk with your doctor before taking dietary supplements to review the risks and benefits of this therapy, as some supplements taken in high doses (megadoses) or for extended periods of time may be harmful.

Sep. 15, 2012