Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

'Natural' dietary supplement may boost male fertility

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Rome, June 10 - A molecule found in seaweed may
help combat male infertility, according to a study revealed by
researchers on Monday and published in the "Journal of Steroids
and Hormonal Science".
Researchers at the Federico II of Naples University tested
the use of dietary supplements containing tradamixina, which
includes extract from a Asian seaweed called alga ecklonia
bicyclis, and is sold as a natural therapy for boosting male
health and penile function.
Ninety men under treatment for infertility were divided into
three groups - one that took the tradamixina supplements
together with an anti-estrogen pharmaceutical, a group that took
only the anti-estrogen pharmaceutical, and a third group that
took a placebo.
After six months, the first group had 13 pregnancies, 46.1%
more than the group taking only anti-estrogen, study author
Giovanni Di Lauro explained.
Di Lauro added that the group taking the placebo saw just
two pregnancies in the same period.
About 15% of child-bearing age couples experience fertility
problems, Di Lauro said.
One couple in eight have trouble conceiving a first child,
while one couple in six encounter trouble with a second.
In a quarter of the cases, the men alone have the fertility
trouble, while in 20% of the cases, both there is both male and
female infertility.
In Italy, more than two million men suffer from sterility
issues.

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