A New Analysis Shows That Antioxidants Might Be Useful For Addressing Infertility Issues In Men And Women. In Fact, Antioxidants Might Even Help With Erectile Dysfunction.

A new analysis shows that antioxidants might be useful for addressing infertility issues in men and women. In fact, antioxidants might even help with erectile dysfunction.

A new analysis published in the journal Pharmacological Research shows that antioxidants might be useful for addressing infertility issues in men and women. In fact, antioxidants might even help with erectile dysfunction. Additionally, the researchers found that infertility could be an early indicator of other health problems, including:

  • Atherosclerosis
  • High blood pressure
  • Congestive heart failure

“If oxidative stress is an underlying factor causing infertility, which we think the evidence points to, we should be able to do something about it,” said Tory Hagen, the Jamieson Chair of Healthspan Research in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. “This might help prevent other critical health problems as well, at an early stage when nutritional therapies often work best.” Specifically, the researchers found that inadequate production of nitric oxide could be a contributing factor to both infertility and erectile dysfunction. The researchers said that 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage and up to 50% of conceptions fail. Potential benefits of using antioxidants (assuming they are effective) include:

  • Treating erectile dysfunction in men
  • Helping with egg implantation and endometriosis in women
  • Reducing pre-eclampsia in pregnancy
  • Improving the quality and health of eggs and semen

Hopefully, this study will lead to more research on the benefits of antioxidants in treating infertility. "Some people and physicians are already using antioxidants to help with fertility problems, but we don’t have the real scientific evidence yet to prove its efficacy,” Hagen said. “It’s time to change that.” Exactly! (Source: Oregon State University) More on infertility Infertility: When to see a specialist Study shows BPA may affect fertility


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