High Street supplements which are marketed for heart health and energy may combat infertility, research suggests.

A study found a selection of nutritional capsules taken by thousands every day boost the number, size and speed of a man’s sperm.

Although unclear whether this leads to pregnancy, an expert said ‘it is a logical assumption that if sperm quality is improved that more babies will follow’.

The research was carried out by the University of Aberdeen and led by Dr Muhammad Imran Omar, a research fellow at the academic urology unit.

Around one in eight couples do not conceive within a year of trying and are forced to seek medical help, the authors wrote in the journal European Urology.

The cause of infertility is often unclear, however, it is thought to be related to the man around half of the time.

To determine whether medicines or supplements boost male fertility, the researchers analysed 61 relevant studies.

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