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Men’s Health and Male Factor Infertility

Natural medicine offers numerous safe and effective solutions to men’s health issues like erectile dysfunction, low libido, prostate enlargement (BPH), prostate cancer, and infertility.   We recommend against self-prescribing any of these, as the correct dose/timing/product can make all the difference. One of our licensed naturopathic doctors can put together a regimen that is best for you.

Naturopathic medicine can:

  1. Improve testosterone levels
  2. Improve circulation for erectile dysfunction
  3. Improve libido
  4. Relieve symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH)
  5. Improve all aspects of male factor infertility

Aside from addressing men’s health with regard to fertility and reproductive hormone balance, at Forces of Nature we treat men for any other health concern that may not be specific to men, such as acne, hair loss, psoriasis, diabetes, back pain, eczema, hypertension and so on.

Men’s Health: Natural Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction Research

Gingko Biloba:

Gingko biloba was found to be effective in selective serotonin reuptake inhibited (SSRI) erectile dysfunction. Source: Complementary Prescriptions Journal, Vol.26, Issue 12, Dec. 2012

Pine Bark Extract:

A combination of pine bark extract and l-arginine was found to increase mean total plasma testosterone levels and was effective at improving erectile function. Source: BJU Int, 2010 Feb 22.

Hormones and Men’s Health:

A significant drop in testosterone levels in older men can trigger sexual dysfunction.
Source: Complementary Prescriptions Journal, Vol.26, Issue 12, Dec. 2012

DHA:

Martinez-Soto JC, Domingo JC, Cordobilla B, Nicolas M, Fernandez L, Albero P, Gadea J, Landeras J.
Dietary supplementation with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) improves seminal antioxidant status
and decreases sperm DNA fragmentation. Syst Biol Reprod Med. 2016; 62(6):387-395.
● Supplementation with 1500 mg DHA per day for 10 weeks was associated with no difference in
traditional sperm parameters (semen volume, sperm concentration, motility, morphology and
vitality) however there was an increase in DHA and omega-3 fatty acid content in seminal
plasma, a reduction in % of spermatozoa with DNA damage, and an improvement in antioxidant
status.

Fenugreek Seed Extract:

Rao A, Steels E, Inder W, Abraham S, Vitetta L. Testofen, a specialized Trigonella foenum-graecum seed
extract reduces age-related symptoms of androgen decrease, increases testosterone levels and
improves sexual function in healthy aging males in a double-blind randomised clinical study.
Aging Male. 2016; 19(2);134-42.

Ketogenic Diet & Men’s Health:

Wilson JM, Lowery RP, Roberts MD, Sharp MH, Joy JM, Shields KA, Partl J, Volek JS, D’Agostino D. The
effects of ketogenic dieting on body composition, strength, power, and hormonal profiles in
resistance training males. J Strength Con Res. 2017; DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001935.
● Study comparing ketogenic diet (high fat, low carbohydrate) versus traditional western diet in
resistance-trained athletes (25 college-aged men). Increases in lean body mass seem in both KD
and WD. Only KD showed increased lean body mass between weeks 10/11. Fat mass decreased
same extent in KD and WD. Strength and power increased same extent in KD and WD. No
change serum lipid measures. Rapid reintroduction of CHOs from weeks 10-11 increased plasma
TG levels in KD compared to WD. Total testosterone increased significantly in KD diet compared
to WD. No change in insulin.

Peyronie’s Disease & CoQ10:

Supplementation with coenzyme Q10 in patients with chronic early Peyronie’s disease was found to reduce plaque size and erectile dysfunction. Source: Int J Impot Res, 2010 Aug 19

Natural Treatment for Libido Research

Tribulus terrestris, Eurycoma longifolia and DHEA have all been found to stimulate libido. Source: Complementary Prescriptions Journal, Vol.26, Issue 12, Dec. 2012

Men’s Health: Natural Treatment for Prostate Enlargement, Prostate Health, BPH Research

Testosterone:

There is increasing medical evidence that suggests low testosterone levels are related to poor prostate health. Source: Complementary Prescriptions Journal, Vol.26, Issue 12, Dec. 2012

Lifestyle:

Environmental toxins, certain viral infections, insulin resistance and a sedentary lifestyle are all factors that affect the health of the prostate gland. Source: Complementary Prescriptions Journal, Vol.26, Issue 12, Dec. 2012

Herbal Medicine:

Saw palmetto boosts prostate health by decreasing smooth muscle contraction, epidermal growth factor and inhibits androgen-receptor binding. Source: Complementary Prescriptions Journal, Vol. 27 Issue 8, August 2013

Prostate health can be improved by detoxification, a diet low in white starches and sugars, exercise, taking beta sitosterol, Urtica dioica, Pygeum africanum, cranberries and vitamin D.  Source: Complementary Prescriptions Journal, Vol.26, Issue 12, Dec. 2012

Patients with benign prostate hyperplasia and lower urinary tract symptoms given isoflavones daily found significant improvements in their conditions in 12 months.
Source: J Altern Complement Med. 2012 Jan; 18(1):54-60.

Medications:

Some over-the-counter medications such as cold medicines, diuretics and pain medications can worsen benign prostatic hyperplasia or cause urinary tract problems. Source: Complementary Prescriptions Journal, Vol.26, Issue 12, Dec. 2012

Men’s Health: Natural Treatment to Reduce PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) Levels Research

Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s):

Daily supplementation with 1•12 g of EPA and 0•72 g of DHA was found to significantly reduce serum PSA level by 30•0 from baseline. Source: Br J Nutr. 2012 Nov 30:1-8.

Daily supplementation with 600 mg γ-linolenic acid (GLA) was found to significantly increase serum PSA concentration by 15•0.  Source: Br J Nutr. 2012 Nov 30:1-8.

CoQ10:

Coenzyme Q10 therapy of 100mg per day was found to significantly reduce serum prostate-specific antigen levels.  Source: Br J Nutr. 2012 Nov 30:1-8.

Natural Treatment for Hypogonadism Research

Soy:

Long term consumption of soy products can lead to a decrease in free testosterone, which has been tied with the development of hypogonadism and erectile dysfunction. Source: Nutrition, Volume 27, Issue 7-8, pages 859-862, Jul-Aug 2011.

Diet & Exercise:

Prediabetic, overweight men with hypogonadism show improvement in testosterone levels after reducing calorie and fat intake and increasing exercise. Source: ENDO 2012.

Natural Treatment for Male Infertility & Fertility Research

Omega 3’s:

Omega-3 fatty acids were found to have a positive effect on sperm development and motility, whereas high levels of other types of fats resulted in lower sperm counts.  Source: Human Reproduction, Volume 27, Issue 5, pages 1466-1474, March 2012.

Zinc, D-aspartate, CoQ10:

Treatment with zinc, D-aspartate and coenzyme Q10 was found to be associated with an increase in DNA fragmentation and lipid peroxidation in the spermatozoa, preventing a decrease in motility.  Source: Reprod Biol Endocrinol, 2013 Aug 16; 11(1): 81.

Treatment with zinc, D-aspartate and coenzyme Q10 was found to be associated with total and progressive sperm motility maintenance in both normospermic and oligospermic samples.  Source: Reprod Biol Endocrinol, 2013 Aug 16; 11(1): 81; [Epub ahead of print].

Vitamin E:

Supplementation with vitamin E may improve sperm concentration, mobility, and rate of pregnancy. Source: Zhonghua Nan Ke Xue, 2012 May; 18(5):428-31.

Daily supplementation with vitamin E was found to decrease sperm DNA damage in older men. Source: Fertil Steril. 2012 Aug 23.

CoQ10:

Men with idiopathic infertility found that supplementation with ubiquinone (coenzyme Q10) improved fertility.  Source: J Urol, 2012 Jun 13.

Oxidative stress assessment, CoQ10-TOTAL and alpha-tocopherol concentrations in seminal fluid and plasma can play an important role for the diagnosis and treatment of male infertility.  Source: Bratisl Lek Listv, 2013; 114(11): 607-9.

Supplementation with coenzyme Q10 for 3 months was found to improve semen parameters and antioxidant status in the seminal plasma of infertile men with varicocele. Source: Festa R, Giacchi E, et al, Andrologia, 2013 Aug 22.

Diet:

Ingestion of walnuts was found to improve sperm vitality, motility, and morphology in men.  Source: Biol Reprod. 2012 Aug 15.

Vitamin C, E, Zinc & Folate:

Daily intake of micronutrients vitamin C, E, zinc and folate was found to decreased sperm DNA damage in older men.  Source: Fertil Steril. 2012 Aug 23.

Daily intake of folate was found to decrease sperm DNA damage in older men. Source: Fertil Steril. 2012 Aug 23.

Daily intake of zinc was found to decrease sperm DNA damage in older men.  Source: Fertil Steril. 2012 Aug 23.

Daily supplementation with vitamin C was found to decrease sperm DNA damage in older men. Source: Fertil Steril. 2012 Aug 23.

L-carnitine:

Sperm cyropreserved with l-carnitine was found to significantly improve sperm motility and vitality, compared to no l-carnitine.  Source: Banihani S, Agarwal A, et al, Andrologia, 2013 July 3; [Epub ahead of print].

Men taking L-carnitine supplements were found to have a significantly higher rate of pregnancy (31.1%), as compared to those taking vitamin E alone (3.8%). Source: Zhonghua Nan Ke Xue, 2010 May; 16(5): 420-2.

Treatment with L-carnitine in addition to vitamin E was found to be associated with a significant increase in the percentage of forward motile sperm (45.4% from 28.6% pre-treatment).  Source: Zhonghua Nan Ke Xue, 2010 May; 16(5): 420-2.