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Revista Cubana de Obstetricia y Ginecología

Print version ISSN 0138-600XOn-line version ISSN 1561-3062


PUERTA SUAREZ, Jenniffer; CARVAJAL OBANDO, Alejandro  and  CARDONA MAYA, Walter D.. Relationship between antioxidants and semen quality. Rev Cubana Obstet Ginecol [online]. 2019, vol.45, n.2, e290.  Epub June 01, 2019. ISSN 0138-600X.

Dietary supplements such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants improve nutrient intake. Recently it has been described that, especially those containing high antioxidant properties also improve fertility. We report here the case of a 37-year-old volunteer with possible male infertility and we want to determine the effect of antioxidant consumption on semen quality. Evaluation of the conventional and functional seminal parameters was performed before and after the use of the Male Fertility dietary supplement. The use of this supplement was observed to increased the sperm concentration, the mitochondrial membrane potential and the antioxidant capacity of the semen. In addition, the production of oxygen reactants, lipoperoxidation and fragmentation of the spermatic chromatin decreased. The dietary supplement Male Fertility contains high concentrations of vitamin A, C, E, B2, B3, B12, folate, zinc, selenium, acetyl L-carnitine, coenzyme Q10, L-methionine and lycopene. The ingestion of each of these compounds has been described to have positive effects on seminal quality. The report of this case allowed to observe that the use of dietary supplements rich in vitamins and antioxidants can improve the seminal quality through the decrease of the adverse effect of the reactive oxygen species and by the increase of the antioxidant molecules in the seminal plasma.

Keywords : dietary supplement; antioxidants; semen quality; fertility; Male Fertility.

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