Several long-term studies have shown that quality factors of human sperm, in particular sperm count, movement and shapes have dropped by more than half in recent decades. More than 100 clinical studies have now shown that a group of 15 widely-available antioxidants (for example, from plant extracts), amino acids, vitamins and trace elements can effectively improve these quality factors.

We have compared 18 of the most popular male fertility supplements based on the nutrient combinations they offer.

The Top 5 in Summary

MIGLIOR PRODOTTO

WINNER

per mese

  • Combina i nutrienti più efficaci per la fertilità maschile in un unico prodotto

BEST-VALUE-FOR-MONEY

2nd

per mese

  • Il prodotto più economico tra i top 5 con 12 dei 15 nutrienti presenti in alte concentrazioni

3rd

per mese

  • Include omega-3

  • Mancano gli aminoacidi chiave e gli antiossidanti come l’estratto della corteccia di pino

4th

per mese

  • Ampio mix di nutrienti
  • Mancano nutrienti chiave come l’Arginina, la vitamina D e antiossidanti come l’estratto di corteccia di pino

5th

per mese

  • Ampio mix di vitamine
  • Mancano diversi aminoacidi antiossidanti chiave come l’estratto della corteccia di pino

How We Have Rated

We have compared 18 well-known combination products for male fertility available online or on the high street in the UK and Ireland. To compare the products at ingredient level, we have either assigned none, one or two ticks based on the level of their effective dosage.

Finally, only nutrients proven effective in the majority of scientific, peer-reviewed studies were considered. The number of ticks was then added together to produce a final “tick” score.

The comparison shows that differences in price and quality are quite substantial. But paying more does not always mean that you will get more in terms of effective nutrients.

Score Sheets

Click to view the scoring tables

RANK 1 - 5: fertilsan M, fertil M Pro, Orthomol Fertil Plus, Fertilovit M plus, Fertility Support for Men

top-5-label

£39.95per box
£39.95per box

37.50€per box
37.50€per box

£64.97per box
£64.97per box

£49.01per box
£49.01per box

£23.66per box
£23.66per box

Scoring: L-Arginine: 0-200mg = Cross; 201-400 mg = 1 tick; 401mg + = 2 ticks. Citrulline: 0-200mg = Cross; 201-400mg = 1 tick; 401mg + = 2 ticks. L-carnitine: 0-100mg = Cross; 101-250mg = 1 tick; 251mg + = 2 ticks. N-Acetyl-Cysteine: 0-30mg = Cross; 31-60mg = 1 tick; 61mg + = 2 ticks. Glutathione: 0-30mg = Cross; 31-60mg = 1 tick; 61mg + = 2 ticks. Pine bark extract: 0-20mg = Cross; 21-50mg = 1 tick; 51mg + = 2 ticks. Zinc: 0-6mg = Cross; 7-12mg = 1 tick; 12mg + = 2 ticks. Selenium: 0-30μg = Cross; 31-50μg = 1 tick; 51μg + = 2 ticks. Omega-3: 0-50mg = Cross; 51-300mg = 1 tick; 300mg + = 2 ticks. Vitamin A / β-carotene: 0-300μg = Cross; 301-1000μg = 1 tick; 1001μg + = 2 ticks. Vitamin C: 0-80mg = Cross; 81-150mg = 1 tick; 151mg + = 2 ticks. Vitamin D: 0-4μg = Cross; 5-9μg = 1 tick; 10 ug + = 2 ticks. Vitamin E: 0-12mg = Cross; 13-80mg = 1 tick; 81mg + = 2 ticks. Folic Acid / Vitamin B9: 0-100μg = Cross; 101-500μg = 1 tick; 501μg + = 2 ticks. Coenzyme Q10: 0-5mg = Cross; 6-10mg = 1 tick; 11mg + = 2 ticks.

RANK 6 - 10: PROfertil, Vitamen, FertAid, Fertimax 2, FERTIL PRO® FOR MEN + L-Carnitine

top-5-label

£56.99per box
£56.99per box

£15.03per box
£15.03per box

£29.95per box
£29.95per box

£22.30per box
£22.30per box

$77.99per box
$77.99per box

Scoring: L-Arginine: 0-200mg = Cross; 201-400 mg = 1 tick; 401mg + = 2 ticks. Citrulline: 0-200mg = Cross; 201-400mg = 1 tick; 401mg + = 2 ticks. L-carnitine: 0-100mg = Cross; 101-250mg = 1 tick; 251mg + = 2 ticks. N-Acetyl-Cysteine: 0-30mg = Cross; 31-60mg = 1 tick; 61mg + = 2 ticks. Glutathione: 0-30mg = Cross; 31-60mg = 1 tick; 61mg + = 2 ticks. Pine bark extract: 0-20mg = Cross; 21-50mg = 1 tick; 51mg + = 2 ticks. Zinc: 0-6mg = Cross; 7-12mg = 1 tick; 12mg + = 2 ticks. Selenium: 0-30μg = Cross; 31-50μg = 1 tick; 51μg + = 2 ticks. Omega-3: 0-50mg = Cross; 51-300mg = 1 tick; 300mg + = 2 ticks. Vitamin A / β-carotene: 0-300μg = Cross; 301-1000μg = 1 tick; 1001μg + = 2 ticks. Vitamin C: 0-80mg = Cross; 81-150mg = 1 tick; 151mg + = 2 ticks. Vitamin D: 0-4μg = Cross; 5-9μg = 1 tick; 10 ug + = 2 ticks. Vitamin E: 0-12mg = Cross; 13-80mg = 1 tick; 81mg + = 2 ticks. Folic Acid / Vitamin B9: 0-100μg = Cross; 101-500μg = 1 tick; 501μg + = 2 ticks. Coenzyme Q10: 0-5mg = Cross; 6-10mg = 1 tick; 11mg + = 2 ticks.

These products contain a lot of good fertility nutrients, but in lower concentrations than the Top 5 products. FERTIL PRO® FOR MEN + L-Carnitine only has two fertility nutrients vitamin C and folic acid in significant concentration.

RANK 11 - 15: Wellman Conception, Pregnapure, FertilMan, FertilityBlend and ProXeed PLUS

top-5-label

£6.85per box
£6.85per box

£10.95per box
£10.95per box

£9.99per box
£9.99per box

£29.45per box
£29.45per box

£30.50per box
£30.50per box

Scoring: L-Arginine: 0-200mg = Cross; 201-400 mg = 1 tick; 401mg + = 2 ticks. Citrulline: 0-200mg = Cross; 201-400mg = 1 tick; 401mg + = 2 ticks. L-carnitine: 0-100mg = Cross; 101-250mg = 1 tick; 251mg + = 2 ticks. N-Acetyl-Cysteine: 0-30mg = Cross; 31-60mg = 1 tick; 61mg + = 2 ticks. Glutathione: 0-30mg = Cross; 31-60mg = 1 tick; 61mg + = 2 ticks. Pine bark extract: 0-20mg = Cross; 21-50mg = 1 tick; 51mg + = 2 ticks. Zinc: 0-6mg = Cross; 7-12mg = 1 tick; 12mg + = 2 ticks. Selenium: 0-30μg = Cross; 31-50μg = 1 tick; 51μg + = 2 ticks. Omega-3: 0-50mg = Cross; 51-300mg = 1 tick; 300mg + = 2 ticks. Vitamin A / β-carotene: 0-300μg = Cross; 301-1000μg = 1 tick; 1001μg + = 2 ticks. Vitamin C: 0-80mg = Cross; 81-150mg = 1 tick; 151mg + = 2 ticks. Vitamin D: 0-4μg = Cross; 5-9μg = 1 tick; 10 ug + = 2 ticks. Vitamin E: 0-12mg = Cross; 13-80mg = 1 tick; 81mg + = 2 ticks. Folic Acid / Vitamin B9: 0-100μg = Cross; 101-500μg = 1 tick; 501μg + = 2 ticks. Coenzyme Q10: 0-5mg = Cross; 6-10mg = 1 tick; 11mg + = 2 ticks.

Wellman Conception contains remarkably low amounts of the key fertility amino acids arginine, carnitine and cysteine. The body requires the latter in particular to produce the powerful antioxidant and DNA protector glutathione.

Proxeed has a large amount of carnitine, but it lacks the vitamins C, D and E completely. This is surprising, because these vitamins have been shown particularly effective in helping to increase overall sperm quality.

RANK 16 - 18: Fertil PRO MTL, Menevit and Countboost

top-5-label

$54.99per box
$54.99per box

£74.95per box
£74.95per box

£14.65per box
£14.65per box

Scoring: L-Arginine: 0-200mg = Cross; 201-400 mg = 1 tick; 401mg + = 2 ticks. Citrulline: 0-200mg = Cross; 201-400mg = 1 tick; 401mg + = 2 ticks. L-carnitine: 0-100mg = Cross; 101-250mg = 1 tick; 251mg + = 2 ticks. N-Acetyl-Cysteine: 0-30mg = Cross; 31-60mg = 1 tick; 61mg + = 2 ticks. Glutathione: 0-30mg = Cross; 31-60mg = 1 tick; 61mg + = 2 ticks. Pine bark extract: 0-20mg = Cross; 21-50mg = 1 tick; 51mg + = 2 ticks. Zinc: 0-6mg = Cross; 7-12mg = 1 tick; 12mg + = 2 ticks. Selenium: 0-30μg = Cross; 31-50μg = 1 tick; 51μg + = 2 ticks. Omega-3: 0-50mg = Cross; 51-300mg = 1 tick; 300mg + = 2 ticks. Vitamin A / β-carotene: 0-300μg = Cross; 301-1000μg = 1 tick; 1001μg + = 2 ticks. Vitamin C: 0-80mg = Cross; 81-150mg = 1 tick; 151mg + = 2 ticks. Vitamin D: 0-4μg = Cross; 5-9μg = 1 tick; 10 ug + = 2 ticks. Vitamin E: 0-12mg = Cross; 13-80mg = 1 tick; 81mg + = 2 ticks. Folic Acid / Vitamin B9: 0-100μg = Cross; 101-500μg = 1 tick; 501μg + = 2 ticks. Coenzyme Q10: 0-5mg = Cross; 6-10mg = 1 tick; 11mg + = 2 ticks.

These three products are ranked last in our test as they contain only very low fertility nutrients. FERTIL PRO® MTL focuses exclusively on three antioxidants and contains neither arginine, carnitine nor the trace elements zinc and selenium.

Who should consider fertility supplements?

Sperm production (spermatogenesis) in men is a complex and sensitive process, i.e. to environmental factors such as trauma (temperature, physical) as well as nutritional deficiencies (a poor diet).

The active ingredients are highly concentrated standard nutrients also found in common foods. These fertility supplements are therefore classified as foods. Fertility experts therefore routinely recommend aspiring fathers several months of food supplements as a standard preparation for IVF and other fertility treatments.

In fact, however, all aspiring fathers benefit from male fertility supplements, because of their

  • the biggest single factor for reduced male fertility is DNA damage caused by oxidative stress. This can be effectively reduced with the right antioxidants.

  • more nutrients combined are much more effective than fewer or single micronutrients, because “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link”.

  • proven efficacy in 55+ scientific studies1
  • high level of safety. In principle they have no side effects and are therefore suitable for continuous consumption,
  • very moderate financial cost, particularly in relation to artificial fertilisation.

The sperm production cycle takes approximately 80 days, which is why the supplements should be taken as soon as the couple starts trying to conceive for at least three months. Preferably, until the partner is pregnant and ideally until the pregnancy is past the critical 12 week pregnancy mark. In addition, aspiring fathers must pay particular attention to their diet and lifestyle (more tips here).

This approach will guarantee an optimal supply of the most important micronutrients to allow sperm production to run at optimum levels.

Summary

Taking fertility supplements when trying to father a child is definitely worth it. The fertility benefits of 13 amino acids, vitamins and trace elements are strongly supported by clinical evidence.

These nutrients are often effectively combined male fertility supplements. Many of the combination products indeed include many of the 13 nutrients, however others offer only poor value for money. In terms of cost one should budget between £30 and £60 per month.

Relative to their importance and the physical, emotional and monetary cost of the alternatives, however, that is a minor investment.

Nutrients Boost Male Fertility By Increasing

  • sperm movement by up to 23% 2
  • sperm volume by up to 33% 3
  • sperm count even by to up 215% 4

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Male Fertility Nutrients

More than a natural dozen amino acids, vitamins and minerals have proven fertility-enhancing benefits. Fertility clinics therefore tend to recommend 3+ months of fertility supplements to aspiring fathers prior to attempting conception.

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pinienrindenextrakt fuer mehr Fruchtbarkeit

Pine Bark Extract Can Help Enhance Sperm Health And Improve Erectile Function.

It is particularly effective when combined with the amino acid L-arginine.

Carnitin ist besonders gut fuer die männliche Fruchtbarkeit

Why L-Carnitine Is Critical For Male Fertility

Carnitine improves male fertility by supporting sperm count, sperm concentration, motility, nuclear DNA integrity and morphology.

Boost Sperm Movement And Promote Strong Erections With Natural Arginine.

Male fertility and sexual function are significantly influenced by the availability of arginine in the body.

References

  1. “Imhof, Martin et al., “Improvement of sperm quality after micronutrient supplementation”, e-SPEN, the European e-Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism”
  2. “Imhof, Martin et al., “Improvement of sperm quality after micronutritient supplementation”, e-SPEN, the European e-Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism”
  3. “Imhof, Martin et al., “Improvement of sperm quality after micronutritient supplementation”, e-SPEN, the European e-Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism”
  4. “Imhof, Martin et al., “Improvement of sperm quality after micronutritient supplementation”, e-SPEN, the European e-Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism”
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