Struggling to Fall Pregnant? Ubiquinol, CoQ10 and Fertility Explained
Trying to conceive? Turns out one in six Australian couples[i] struggle to fall pregnant, however, making lifestyle changes and incorporating antioxidant supplementation such as Ubiquinol into your diet may assist in supporting sperm health and motility[ii].
Although your partner may seem in good health, one third of fertility issues is due to male infertility[i], and even if your partner is seemingly in good health, he may still be producing poor quality semen.
CoQ10/Ubiquinol for Male Fertility
Ubiquinol is the active, more readily absorbed form of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), a potent antioxidant which is naturally produced in our body.
Research has shown that Ubiquinol helps protect sperm cells from oxidative stress, which is a potential cause of male infertility[ii]. Our natural Ubiquinol levels in our body decline as we age, peaking at around the age of 30 and as early as 20 years old if you are physically active or stressed.
According to a study in the Journal of Urology[iii], researchers have found that supplementing with Ubiquinol improved both sperm quality and sperm motility. The study—which involved 228 men with unexplained sperm problems contributing to infertility—received 200mg of Ubiquinol over a period of 26 weeks in a double blind, placebo controlled, randomised clinical trial.
Conclusions from the study found that Ubiquinol was significantly effective in men with unexplained infertility for improving sperm density, sperm motility and sperm morphology.
For more information on the key benefits and studies that support using Ubiquinol for male fertility, visit https://www.ubiquinol.net.au/health-benefits/fertility/.
Always consult your healthcare practitioner about whether supplements are appropriate for you.
[ii] Safarinejad, M et al, 2012, Journal of Urology, ‘Effects of the reduced form of coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinol) on semen parameters in men with idiopathic infertility: a double-blind, placebo controlled, randomized study’, 188(2):526-31 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22704112
[iii] Safarinejad, M et al, 2012, Journal of Urology, ‘Effects of the reduced form of coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinol) on semen parameters in men with idiopathic infertility: a double-blind, placebo controlled, randomized study’, 188(2):526-31 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22704112