1. How does zinc impact men’s fertility?
Zinc is a good quality antioxidant and is one of the most important trace minerals for male fertility, playing a vital role in sperm volume, structure and functioning. Increasing levels of zinc in men has been linked with a greater volume of sperm, improved sperm structure and enhanced sperm functioning. In fact, zinc is essential in the construction of sperm, helping to form the outer membrane and the tail. Without zinc, conception is unlikely because the sperm simply won’t be strong enough to travel to the egg or fertilise it.
Lower levels of zinc in men have been connected to DNA fragmentation (sperm defects) – a common issue for many men, particularly those eating a Western diet.