Antioxidants Improve Sex Hormone Levels

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Jinzang

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Fifty infertile men were given supplements to improve their condition. There was also a control group of fifty men. The supplements improved hormone levels, but not sperm counts. The abstract says:

A total of 100 idiopathic infertile men aged 23-46 years were included in the study. Control group and antioxidant treatment group consisted of 50 men each. Patients in the treatment group received oral antioxidant supplement once a day. The antioxidant supplement content included L-carnitine, L-arginine, vitamin E, vitamin C, coenzyme Q, glutathione, beta-carotene, magnesium, vitamin B12, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin D3, folic acid, and selenium. Reproductive hormones and sperm parameters were compared between the groups at 6 months after starting the antioxidant therapy.

Although the mean total motile sperm count (TMSC) did not increase significantly, the mean FSH (p=0.008), LH (p=0.008), and total testosterone (p=0.006) levels significantly increased from baseline to post-treatment in the treatment group. No significant differences from baseline to post-treatment were observed in the control group.

The research draws attention to the alternate treatment approaches in infertile men. Antioxidant treatment can increase the serum sex hormone levels.
 
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sammmy

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The effect was minor in men with low testosterone levels: after 6 months on the supplements, the average total testosterone increased from 379 ng/dL to 429 ng/dL which is a 13% increase.

The minor increase was most probably due to the well known Zinc (they took 7.5 mg/day) and vit. D-3 (they took 5 micrograms = ? 200 IU/day). There is no need to take a whole pharmacy of anti-oxidants.

Here is the whole article, not only the misleading abstract:
 

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