Coenzyme Q10 Helps Sperm Movement
Common Antioxidant May Help Treat Male Infertility
WebMD News Archive
Jan. 12, 2004 -- A common antioxidant may help men with problem
sperm increase their chances of conceiving a child.
A new study shows that daily supplementation with coenzyme Q10
can help improve sperm movement in infertile men.
Decreased sperm motility, the percentage of sperm that move
forward normally, is a common cause of male infertility.
Coenzyme Q10 Boosts Sperm Health
Researchers say coenzyme Q10 is known to be active in the
testes and is an antioxidant that plays an important role in forming the
membranes and other structures within cells by fighting the effects of
In the study, published in the January issue of Fertility
& Sterility, researchers looked at the effects of daily oral
supplementation with 200 mg of coenzyme Q10 in 22 infertile men with low sperm
At the start of the study, researchers found the men had
lower-than-normal levels of coenzyme Q10 in their seminal fluid. After six
months of supplementation with the antioxidant, the men experienced a
significant increase in these levels.
In addition, researchers also found a significant increase in
sperm motility, and this increase was linked to the rise in coenzyme Q10
Researchers say that if further studies confirm these results,
supplementation with coenzyme Q10 may help in the treatment of male infertility
caused by sperm motility problems.