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Antioxidants (CoQ10) improve sperm motility and may help offset effects of environmental toxins

CoQ10 or Ubiquinone is a vitamin-like molecule involved in energy production in the cell. Levels tend to decrease in case of cardiovascular disease, low dietary intake or treatment with cholesterol-lowering medication - accounting for some of the more prominent side-effects of these medicines). 

A 2009 Italian study1 looked at the levels of the CoQ10 and sperm parameters. This study group were able to show a link between CoQ10 concentrations, sperm motility and sperm count and that CoQ10 was often decreased in male infertility related to asthenozoospermia (reduced or no sperm motility) and varicocele (a condition like varicose veins in the scrotum – often harmless but commonly found in men with fertility problems). They also looked at the effect of treatment with CoQ10 in two groups (of 22 and 60 men) with low sperm motility and saw significant improvements.

1.       1. Balercia G., Mancini A., PaggiF,, Tiano L., Pontecorvi A., Boscaro M., Lenzi A. and Littarru GP ‘Coenzyme Q10and male infertility’ J Endocrinol Invest. 2009 Jul;32(7):626-32. 


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