New research has shown that poor semen quality in men is often linked with various health conditions, including high blood pressure.

Results of a study of more than 9000 men published in the journal Fertility and Sterility revealed a connection between the number of different defects in a man's semen and the probability that he has other health problems. Along with high blood pressure, the men were also found to be at higher risk of skin diseases and hormonal problems, including thyroid problems.

Approximately 15 percent of couples have trouble conceiving, and in around half the cases, male factors are responsible. Some very wise words from the study’s lead author, Michael Eisenberg, MD, assistant professor of urology and director of male reproductive medicine and surgery at Stanford: "We should be paying more attention to these millions of men. Infertility is a warning: Problems with reproduction may mean problems with overall health."

How true. This is something we witness at our clinic time after time, and we have written about it in our book Infertility: The Hidden Causes and how to overcome them naturally. A healthy body is a fertile body. No organ in your body functions in isolation; therefore all sorts of health problems can impair a man or woman’s fertility. Addressing the underlying health problem usually not only helps restore fertility; it improves overall health and wellbeing.

Selenium is very important for sperm health because it protects the DNA inside sperm from damage. Being low in selenium can also impair a man’s thyroid function.