In a meta-analysis, researchers concluded that CoQ10 supplementation resulted in better sperm motility along with improved sperm concentrations and sperm count. But what is CoQ10? And is it something worth trying?

 

By Dr. Andrew Sun

Did you know there’s a supplement that supports both female and male fertility? CoQ10 is a natural antioxidant that is doctor-approved, and research shows that these vitamins support both egg and sperm cells, giving you peace of mind over your reproductive health. 

What is CoQ10?

Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is a naturally-occurring antioxidant in the body that supports metabolism and protects cells from free radicals. Since CoQ10 is lipid-soluble, the enzyme is found in most cell membranes, attracting lone electrons and ultimately protecting cells from unstable atoms that would otherwise cause damage. CoQ10 is also recommended for fertility health, as it may aid in mitochondrial function of eggs as well as increase sperm motility, sperm count and sperm concentration

Male infertility

Infertility affects 8-12% of couples globally, and about half of these cases involve male factor infertility. Male infertility is defined as any health issue in a man that lowers the chances of a female partner getting pregnant. Typically male infertility falls into one of four groups:

  • Sperm production issues
  • Sperm delivery issues
  • Sexual function issues
  • Lifestyle and environmental factors 

For those that do struggle with infertility, there are many treatment options available. Whether this is surgery to repair dilated testicular veins called varicoceles, medications for hormone optimization, or relieving an obstruction of the sperm ducts,  there are many options available to give you and your partner the chance you deserve at conceiving. If you are concerned about your sperm quality, you should look into getting a sperm analysis done to determine the health and quality of your sperm.  Read more in A Urologist’s Guide to Male Fertility.

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How CoQ10 helps with male fertility

Oxidative stress from free radicals can impair sperm, causing damage and inhibiting motility. Taking a CoQ10 vitamin may improve sperm motility, which is the sperm’s ability to swim.  CoQ10 works by combating oxidation and protecting sperm from damage. 
CoQ10 also helps increase sperm concentration, along with omega-3 fatty acids and some other minerals. Sperm concentration refers to the number of sperm found in a given semen sample.

How much CoQ10 should I take to improve sperm health, and for how long?

The average dose of CoQ10 for a healthy adult ranges from 100-200mg/day. It’s unknown exactly how long it will take to see effects on sperm health, but we do know that new sperm cells are produced continuously after puberty, taking about two and a half months to fully develop. One study documented improved fertilization rates after 103 days of consuming 60 mg of CoQ10 a day. Essentially, it’s important to consume a CoQ10 supplement daily, especially while planning or actively trying to conceive.

What should I look for in CoQ10?

There are two forms of CoQ10 you might see when shopping around, ubiquinol and ubiquinone. Ubiquinone is fat-soluble and can be harder to absorb unless there are added ingredients, while ubiquinol is water-soluble and more easily absorbed. Research shows that ubiquinol shows more effects in the body due to its absorption rate. If you do want to ensure efficient and quick absorption, supplements formulated with VESIsorb are proven to be absorbed at a much higher rate.

Add CoQ10 to your TTC routine

CoQ10 is a beneficial addition to your TTC routine—and it’s unique in that CoQ10 can help both males and females in their fertility journey. In addition to protecting and strengthening sperm and egg cells, our 100 mg coq10 vitamins are meat, dairy, soy, gluten, and starch free, doctor approved, and GMP certified. Learn more about CoQ10 now.