Keeping Sperm Healthy

Problems with sexual health, including low sperm count or decreased sex drive, can be embarrassing and frustrating. Vitamin E is one simple way you can change diet and take better care of your vitality and sex drive, particularly as it relates to healthy functioning sperm.

Improved Sperm Motility

Studies show bumping up your Vitamin E intake or changing your diet to include more foods rich in Vitamin E, like:
  • Vegetable oils
  • Green leafy vegetables, like spinach
  • Fortified cereals and other foods
  • Eggs
  • Seeds like sunflower seeds, and nuts
 
can help improve the quality of your sperm.

One study showed a daily dose of 400 mg of vitamin E in conjunction with 225 mcg of selenium resulted in improvements in sperm motility.

MayoClinic.com reports that how well your sperm are able to move directly impacts your fertility as sperm need to be able to make their way over distances to fertilize an egg, and motility helps them to this.
 
(10000 mg of Vitamin E is the upper limit of what is considered safe for supplementation.Anything higher is not recommended and can lead to increased risk of prostate cancer of early death.  A standard recommended daily intake for adults would be 15 milligrams - about 22 IU or international units).

Increased Sperm Count

Having a low sperm count can decrease your fertility. MayoClinic.com defines a low sperm count has having less than 20 million sperm per milliliter of your semen.
 
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects your body from damage from free radicals, according to Medline Plus.

 A 2009 study suggests that low numbers of sperm correlate to free radical damage, and Vitamin E may be beneficial in protecting sperm from free radical damage.
 

Boosted Libido

Incorporating more Vitamin E into your daily diet may help increase your sex drive.

The Men's Fitness website reports that eating foods with Vitamin E helps raise testosterone levels.

Testosterone, the male sex hormone, is critical in ensuring a strong sex drive and robust erections.

The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends taking 400IU per day of Vitamin E to prevent or treat sexual dysfunction like depressed sex drive that may result from hormonal imbalances.