Supplement May Boost Sperm Quality

In around 25% of all cases of male infertility, no identifiable cause can be confirmed. When this is the case, men are labeled as having idiopathic infertility, or infertility of no known cause. After earning this distinction, there may seem to be no clear-cut direction a man can turn to for help. Here's where alternative treatments may be the way to go.

Sperm Booster

One alternative treatment that boasts it can serve as a sperm booster is a nutritional supplement called Proxeed Plus. The active ingredients in this product are levocarnitine and acetyl-L-carnitine, which have been used with some success in boosting the quantity and quality of sperm in Europe over the past three decades. ProXeed Plus is now undergoing testing at The Jones Institute of Reproductive Medicine at Norfolk, Virginia's Eastern Virginia Medical School. This institution was the site of the first in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure performed in the United States.

Levocarnitine helps carry fats into the cells and also serves as a source of fuel. Fats are known to be the main source of energy for fueling sperm movement. Acetyl-L-carnitine is instrumental in the development of the cells' membranes. Proper development of the sperm cells' membranes aids in the ability of sperm to fertilize the egg. Other ingredients that may aid fertility are fructose, a major source of energy, and citric acid, which helps to produce energy.

Clinical Trials

The manufacturer comments, "Clinical trials show that the ingredients in ProXeed® Plus optimize sperm health, and that they can improve sperm count and motility, sperm speed, and sperm concentration."

ProXeed Plus aims to provide important sperm nutrients while reducing damage related to oxidation. The supplement is meant as a supportive means for producing and maturing sperm and is said to bring results within 3 months. A 2004 double-blind placebo-controlled study on infertile men showed that the supplement caused a significant increase in the concentration, motility, and structural soundness of sperm.

Proxeed Plus has a pleasant citrus flavor, but there's a downside to the product—its price. A six month supply will run you around $500. That's not exactly small change. Is it worth it? That's hard to say. If you've been trying to conceive for a number of years and the traditional medical approach has yielded no answers or offered a treatment plan, then you may feel that Proxeed Plus is your great hope. 

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