Let me guess, you have recently been told that you have low sperm count and now you are looking for ways to help.  After asking Dr. Google, you discover a million different supplements which are guaranteed to help.

Which ones should you try?  Do they even work!?

The short answer is yes, some supplements can increase low sperm count.  However, for supplements to actually work, you need to avoid the following supplement mistakes

Avoid the following supplement mistakes and get the results you need:

Incorrect Dosage

You may know that vitamin C is a helpful supplement to take but how much should you be taking?  250mg, 500mg or maybe even 1000mg?  Taking too much of certain supplements may cause side effects, but taking too little may not create the increase in sperm count you are looking for.

Also, don’t let the power of convenience take you over.  Let me explain, you may have seen them, supplements with multiple vitamins and minerals all in one easy pill designed to improve your sperm count.  While these supplements often contain the right ingredients, they often don’t deliver on dosage.  If you are not taking the amount the research suggests, don’t expect to get the results from a convenient “all-in-one” pill.

Poor Supplement Quality

You have heard it before, “you get what you pay for”. In the world of supplements, this is definitely the case.  When you are looking to improve your semen analysis, don’t skimp on the  costs of the supplements. 

However, although I am very picky when it comes to certain supplements, you can relax about some.  For example, vitamin C is something that you don’t really need to go high end.  Your local drug store will have the vitamin C you need.  Vitamin E, on the other hand, is a different story (read on).

Wrong  Supplement Type

As I mentioned above, not all supplements of the same name (vitamin E, for example) are made with the same “formulations”.  Let me explain…look on the bottle of your vitamin E  and you will see that it contains “tocopherol”.  You may also notice that in front of the word “tocopherol”, you will see “alpha” or a  “d” or “dl”.  These are chemical terms which identify the type of formulation that is in the pill you are taking.

dl-alpha tocopherol – synthetic – the one to avoid.

d-alphpa tocopherol – natural – the one you probably have.

mixed tocopherol blend – the one you should be taking.

Not Enough Time

Most men with low sperm count are surprised to hear that it can take up to 3 months for their sperm to mature. 

That means that the sperm you currently are “using” have been influenced by all the things you have been eating/drinking for the last 3 months.  When you decide to take on a supplement plan to improve your sperm counts, do it for at least 3 months before you decide to stop.  Now that you are going to take things for the correct length of time, now you need to make sure you are taking things every day.

No Consistency

This is really a no brainer but you wouldn’t believe how often I check in with my guys and I find out that they have relaxed on the supplements.  You cannot expect to get the results you want if you are not taking the dosage that has shown to help. 

Poor Timing

Since you are taking your supplements every day now, we will move on to when and with what you should be taking your supplements with. 

As a general rule, fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) and vitamins in a fat emulsion (CoQ10 etc) should always be taken with food.  All the rest can be taken with out food but it doesn’t harm anything when they are taken with food. 

Vitamins like vitamin C (water soluble) may need to be taken multiple times in a day.  Your body can only absorb water soluble vitamins to a certain point.  Saturating this point simply makes for expensive urine.  This is why I suggest taking vitamin C in divided doses throughout the day (i.e. 1000mg in the morning and 1000mg in the evening). 

If you still have unanswered questions about the supplements you should be taking, consider an online consultation with someone who knows.  Click here for more information.

The YSC.com Team