A familiar antioxidant known as coenzyme (Co)Q10 may be helpful in improving semen quality in men who are infertile. Most often times, the cause of male infertility is having a decreased sperm motility.

CoQ10 for male fertility

Coenzyme Q10 Increases Sperm Health

Researchers say that the supplement is shown to be very active in the testes and is indeed an antioxidant to have a role in creating the membranes and other systems inside cells by combating the effects of oxidative stress.

A study done on men with low sperm motility who supplemented daily with 200 milligram of CoQ10 found that these men experienced a great increase in their sperm motility. Upon starting the study, the men had very low levels of CoQ10. The men’s level of CoQ10 increased after a period of 6 months of taking the supplement.

Researchers state that if more of the studies bring back the same result, supplementing with CoQ10 may not be a bad idea when trying to conceive a child as it helps to rise up the sperm motility.

You can purchase CoQ10 in the U.S as a dietary supplement. The safety of the supplement may not be safely measured as the FDA does not manage dietary supplement much the same was as it does for medications.

Side Effects

Studies done found that supplementing daily with 100 mg of CoQ10 have caused some people to have trouble sleeping. Increasing that to 300 mg daily for a lengthy amount of time may also cause an increase amount of liver enzymes. Other side effects reported from supplementing with CoQ10 included stomach pain, irritability, an urge to vomit, and lethargic.

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