studies indicate that sperm counts may be declining worldwide over
the last half-century, particularly in men from developed regions
such as the United States and Europe. Increased stress, lifestyle
changes, and environmental contaminants such as heavy metals, pesticides,
and hormone-altering chemicals have been cited as possible causes.1
noted in a recent review on the topic, a multi-faceted therapeutic
approach to improving male fertility involves identifying harmful
environmental and occupational risk factors, while correcting underlying
nutritional imbalances to encourage optimal sperm production and
function.2 The following functional assessments
provide valuable clinical guidance in utilizing this approach to
optimize sperm quality in men.
Infertility and Oxidative Stress: Men with higher levels of free radicals in their bodies have
a seven-fold reduced likelihood of initiating a pregnancy.
Infertility and Element Imbalances: Male fertility may
be impaired by exposure to even "moderate" levels of heavy
Infertility and Amino Acids: Amino acids imbalances have
been linked to abnormal sperm quality.
Infertility and Melatonin: Excess levels of melatonin
could be nature's way of "shutting down" sperm production.
Infertility and IGF-1: Healthy
sperm formation and motility may depend on having adequate levels
of IGF-I in the body.
S, Cvitkovic P, Jurasovic J, Pizent A, Gavella M, Rocic B. Semen
quality and reproductive endocrine function in relation to biomarkers
of lead, cadmium, zinc, and copper in men. Environmental Health
S. Male infertility: nutritional and environmental considerations.
Altern Med Rev 2000 Feb;5(1):28-38.
Teresa Rispoli has her Ph.D. in Nutrition, is a licensed
Acupuncturist and clinical researcher. She has been in
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practice that she has gained insights into chronic health
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