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4 Key Nutrients for Men When Trying to Conceive

December 8, 2017
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The national birth records show that the most popular birthday in Britain and the US is September 16th, so today, December 11th is the most fertile day of the year. If you and your partner are currently trying to conceive, today could be your lucky day!


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With this time of the year being so hectic, we have put together a list of key nutrients that optimise your chances of conceiving and may be missing from your diet:

  • B12
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Zinc



Vitamin B12 plays an important role in a man’s reproductive health. It is believed that B12 deficiencies can lead to genetic damage of the sperm cells, which can cause infertility. [1]


Vitamin C:

Not only is vitamin C an important vitamin for everyday life, it prevents sperm from “clumping”. Vitamin C can be obtained through whole foods or supplements.


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Vitamin E:

Vitamin E is essential for sperm health. Men who have normal levels of Vitamin E have improved sperm count and motility. It is essential that men consume Vitamin E rich foods on a regular basis, examples include sunflower seeds, fortified cereals, almonds, hazelnuts, spinach, kale, avocado, broccoli. Men can also take a Vitamin E supplement.



Women and men both need zinc when trying to conceive. Zinc has been shown to increase testosterone levels, sperm count and sperm motility. High zinc sources include oysters, organ meats, lean beef, turkey, lamb, herring, wheat germ, legumes and nuts.


Other Tips:

Along with the above nutrients, there are a few lifestyle tips that can lead to higher chance of conception.


Avoid Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, Steroids

While this may be difficult over the busy festive season, it is import to note that too much alcohol may reduce zinc levels, and drugs such as marijuana decrease sperm quality.


Keep Your Testicles Cool

Heat from hot tubs, saunas, long showers and baths (more than 30 minutes), heating pads, electric blankets, and tight boxer shorts could cause your testicles to become too hot, which decreases sperm quantity.


Fertility & Hormone Screening:

For many people trying to conceive, fertility issues can cause unwanted emotional turmoil and stress.  At LetsGetChecked, we enable you to check and monitor your fertility and vitamin levels in the comfort of your home. See below for some tests that may be suitable to you when trying to conceive.

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Male Hormone

Gives an overall view of your hormonal health as a man. This test provides a broad picture of your hormonal health by looking at key hormones: Testosterone, Sex Binding Globulin Hormone (SBGH) and Free Androgen Index. SBGH binds itself to your testosterone and cancels it out. Free androgen index will calculate that amount of free testosterone in your blood, which is extremely important for a man’s fertility and overall well-being. You can find this test here.


Basic Vitamin

This test will look at nutrient imbalances for Folate, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D which can cause your body to underperform. Under exposure to sunlight can cause a deficiency in Vitamin D which is important for bone strength, calcium absorption, the prevention of osteoporosis and seasonal adjustment disorder. A lack of these key vitamins can increase your risk of suffering from fatigue and anaemia.

The results of this test will indicate the deficiencies in your body, allowing you to make the necessary adjustments to your diet and lifestyle. You can find this test here.


If you have any questions or queries, please visit and speak to one of our nurses who will be able to advise on the correct test for your needs.



[1] “Sandler B, Faragher B. (1984). Treatment of oligospermia with vitamin B12. Infertility, Volume 7:133–8.”