Dr. Carissa Doherty created a formula called Super Man which incorporated all of the most up to date research on addressing morphology, motility and number of sperm. This formula improves all aspects of sperm health and dramatically improves the rates of natural conception for most men within 3 months.
The formula is based on nutrients that address environmental toxicity and nutrient deficiency that medical literature has identified with respect to male health:
Antioxidants: Free radical damage or oxidative damage is thought to be responsible for many cases of idiopathic oligospermia, with high levels of free radicals found in the semen of 40% of infertile men.
Three factors tend to render sperm susceptible to free radical damage: (1) a high membrane concentration of PUFAs; (2) active generation of free radicals; and (3) a lack of defensive enzymes.
Vitamin C plays an important role in protecting the sperm’s DNA from damage. Vitamin C levels are are much higher in seminal fluid compared to other body fluids, including blood. When dietary Vitamin C was reduced from 250 mg to 5 mg per day in healthy human subjects, the seminal fluid Vitamin C decreased by 50% and the number of sperm with damage to their DNA increased by 91%. In addition to the role as an antioxidant, Vitamin C appears to increase sperm counts, and reduce the number of agglutinated sperm. The therapeutic dosages for Vitamin C are 1000-3000 mg/day.
Vitamin E has been shown to play an essential role in inhibiting free radical damage to the unsaturated FA of the sperm membrane. Vitamin E has also been shown to enhance the ability of sperm to fertilize an egg in test tubes. Although Vitamin E supplementation at a dosage of 300 IU per day has not been shown to improve sperm counts or motility, supplementation appears to be indicated based on its physiological effects alone. Vitamin E may prove to exert more beneficial effects on sperm counts or motility when given at higher levels (600-800 IU/day).
Vitamin B12: Involved in cellular replication. Deficiency leads to reduced sperm counts and sperm motility. Even in the absence of Vitamin B12 deficiency, supplementation appears to be warranted in men with sperm counts less than 20 million per mL or a motility rate of less than 50%.
Arginine: Is required for the replication of cells, making it essential in sperm formation. The therapeutic use of arginine depends on the level of oligospermia. If sperm counts are < 20 million per mL, arginine is less likely to be beneficial. The dosage needs to be at least 4 g/day for a minimum of 3 months.
Carnitine: Essential for the transport of fatty acids (FA) into the mitochondria. A deficiency of carnitine decreased FA concentrations in the mitochondria reduced energy production. Carnitine concentrations are extremely high in the epididymis and sperm, suggesting a role for carnitine in male reproductive function. Motility of sperm correlates directly with carnitine content. The higher the carnitine content the more motile the sperm. Conversely, when carnitine levels are low, sperm development, function, and motility are drastically reduced. The therapeutic dose is 300-1000 mg.