There are so many wonderful ways to become a parent, but in all the beautiful manifestations of family, conceiving a baby must first begin with a sperm and an egg. We’re all familiar with how this works, yet somehow, the conversation about fertility can get awfully one-sided. While we hear a lot about prenatal wellness for women, when it comes to conception, men’s health matters too.
Many of us aren’t aware that the quality of both the sperm and the egg contribute equally to producing a healthy baby. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, one-third of infertility cases stem from men’s reproductive health. Sperm quality can be negatively impacted by poor nutrition, a lack of adequate antioxidants, exposure to environmental toxins, and stress. However, because new sperm are produced every 42-76 days, there is a real window of opportunity to improve sperm quality in the months prior to conception.
Through the emerging science of epigenetics (the science of optimizing DNA function), we’ve discovered some of the nutrients that are involved in the production of sperm, as well as in sperm shape, motility, and quantity. These nutrients can fall short in the male diet but are relatively easy to supplement. One brand riding the wave of this new science is UpSpring. Along with renowned academic, physician, and pioneer in gender-specific medicine, Marianne J. Legato, MD, Ph. D, they’ve created a preconception and fertility supplement just for men—the aptly named HeNatal.
So what’s a guy to do? Just like women, men should do their best to maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet, including managing stress. Consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables can help introduce antioxidants that can improve overall sperm health. It’s also important to limit exposure to environmental toxins as much as possible. While these practices can go a long way, if you’re actively trying to conceive, you may benefit from a boost. Vitamins C and E are known to support male fertility, as are folate and zinc. For an all-in-one solution, UpSpring’s HeNatal contains these nutrients and more at the levels found favorable in clinical studies surrounding male infertility.
The science has spoken, and there are plenty of benefits to embarking on a “his and hers” prenatal supplement routine. As you prepare to welcome a baby into your world, it’s another addition you can feel good about.
UpSpring creates science-based fertility supplements for her and him. Their HeNatal Fertility For Men provides men with key nutrients and antioxidants that have been shown to positively impact overall sperm health and quality.
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