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Q: What suggestions can you offer to improve a low sperm count or poor-quality sperm?

A:In addition to herbal remedies, there are some practical approaches to consider. First and foremost, a balanced diet containing ample amounts of protein and nutrients should be maintained. Avoid smoking, coffee, and alcohol. If you are overweight, loose at least 20 pounds. Do not consume fatty, fried, and greasy foots, and lower your intake of sugar and dairy products. Get plenty of rest.

The following supplements have shown positive effects on sperm production and count: vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, and L-arginine. Vitamin C counteracts the clumping or sticking together of the ejaculated sperm. Vitamin E helps correct the functioning of the endocrine glands. Zinc increases both sperm count and sperm motility.

It is important for the health of reproductive organs and the prostate gland. L-arginine improves sperm count and motility. L-arginine also improves sexual potency. Essential fatty acids, chromium, selenium, copper, coenzyme Q10, and vitamin B complex are also beneficial. An herbal component that can also be helpful is royal jelly, which is rich in hormonal factors and can help optimize hormonal balance in both sexes. It has been found to increase sperm count, and many believe it also enhances sexual performance. Another herb is gecko, which can be obtained from an herbalist; combined in an herbal formula, it has shown to increase sperm production and motility. Semen Cuscutae (Tu Si Zi) and Herba Epimedii (Yin Yang Huo) have demonstrated clinical efficacy in helping with increased sperm production and sexual function in males. These herbal products can be obtained from a licensed herbalist.

Please note that sperm formation process takes two to three months; hence, you must be consistent and patient with the supplementation before you can see the results.

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