Curious about prenatals for men? Same. I’ve done a deep dive into the Beli Men’s Vitality vitamin, from ingredients to prices to even my own husband’s experience with them!
Everything you ever wanted to know about Beli’s vitamin for men is right here.
I have been researching vitamins for years, and just recently, I discovered what I consider to be a leader in this market: Beli prenatal vitamins.
Not only does the Beli vitamin for women have an impressive ingredient list, but it was the first to meet the choline requirement in prenatals (choline supports neural tube development and helps prevent birth defects).
I’ve written a whole post about Beli’s prenatal vitamins for women, so I’m today excited to review Beli Men’s Vitality, their prenatal vitamins for men.
Prenatals for Men? Uh, What?
Yes, you read that right: prenatal vitamins for men.
The first time I saw that phrase, I was like… what do you mean?
Obviously, these prenatal vitamins can’t impact the actual pregnancy, but they can boost fertility and increase the count and quality of sperm for hopeful fathers-to-be.
Plus, any vitamin that has such a positive impact on sperm quality and fertility is going to have ripple effects on the rest of your health. My own hubby still takes these, and we recently decided we were done having kids!
Because the best results come when men start taking the vitamins at least six months before trying to conceive, it takes a lot of advanced planning. But hey, maybe that’ll be good practice for becoming a parent. It’s amazing how much organization it takes to keep a family running!
Let’s take a closer look at Beli Men’s Vitality prenatal vitamins.
What Vitamins and Nutrients are in Beli Men’s Vitality Supplement?
Beli Men’s Vitality has a fairly standard concoction of vitamins similar to most other wellness supplements, things like Vitamins C, D3, E, B6, Folate, B12, and Zinc. In the male fertility space, these ingredients offer major benefits.
For example, let’s look at folate.
We know women need folic acid during pregnancy to reduce the chance of birth defects.
Actually, they need folate (vitamin B9) in its natural form which is bioavailable, or more easily absorbed and therefore more effective. But that’s a subject for a separate post!
But for men, folate can help decrease sperm abnormalities.
Other Standard Vitamins in Beli
Other vitamins like C, E, B6, and B12 have been shown to increase sperm count and contribute to overall health.
Zinc is fundamental to DNA creation and cell growth; when it comes to sperm, zinc helps form the outer membrane and tail, ensures sperm’s proper growth, and can even increase how fast sperm can swim to the egg.
But the unique thing about Beli is that they combine logic (“a healthier man will produce healthier sperm”) with scientific research.
Many studies conclude that combining these everyday vitamins with a few other ingredients results in better reproductive health. These combinations can even increase fertility by up to four times!
So what are these special ingredients?
Beli Men’s Vitality has the following goodies tacked on to the end of their ingredient list.
This nutrient is crucial for your body’s energy production. Although your body can make it from certain amino acids, that process can’t happen without Vitamin C.
Research has also shown there’s a link between low L-Carnitine levels and low sperm count and motility (the ability for sperm to move efficiently).
You can read more about the research and benefits of L-Carnitine here.
L-Arginine is an amino acid that helps build protein. Although your body makes L-Arginine, it’s also naturally found in things like red meat, nuts, poultry, and fish.
Like L-Carnitine, L-Arginine can also increase sperm production and motility.
Coenzyme Q-10 (or CoQ10)
A naturally-occurring antioxidant (although also prevalent in meat, fish, and green veggies), CoQ10 has been shown to increase sperm quantity, quality, and motility.
In some studies, CoQ10 increased fertilization rates after only a few weeks.
L-Taurine is another antioxidant important for reproductive health.
Recent studies (and this one from Science Daily in particular) have shown a link between low L-Taurine levels and male infertility.
N-Acetyl L-Cysteine (or NAC)
N-Acetyl L-Cysteine, an amino acid, helps produce important antioxidants and gives particular benefits to your brain.
When it comes to male fertility, NAC has been shown to enhance many aspects of sperm, including count, movement, size, and shape.
One of the most intriguing additions to the Beli men’s blend is Shilajit, a known adaptogen that boosts energy and gives men a feeling of vitality.
Shilajit is a Sanskrit word meaning “conqueror of mountains and destroyer of weakness.” Extracted from mountain rocks, mainly in the Middle East and Central Asia, it’s a black, tar-like substance that can be turned into powder.
It’s been used for centuries for its health benefits, and Beli is currently the only brand to include Shilajit in men’s prenatal vitamins. Clinical studies have shown that Shilajit can boost sperm count and quality.
Obviously, a higher sperm count and improved sperm health is the main thing we’re after, but it’s pretty cool that men who take this multivitamin report actually feeling more energized. I mean, how often does a vitamin supplement do that?
It’s clearly a win-win for both parties involved: dads-to-be have more energy, and later they can use that energy to get their pregnant wives a midnight pint of ice cream. Or pickles, or waffles, or pickles on waffles, or whatever else is needed ASAP. (Hey, pregnancy cravings are legit.)
Beli vs Bird&Be vs Natalist
So how does Beli compare to a few other men’s prenatal vitamin brands?
|Monthly cost||$50||$55, or $49.50 if you subscribe||$55|
|Vegan?||Yes||Yes, but the optional 400mg boost of CoQ10 is not vegan||Yes|
|Target market||Anyone trying to conceive||Over 30; Trying for 6 months + Supported by fertility clinic||Anyone trying to conceive|
|Special ingredients?||Shilajit||Trans-Resveratrol (from Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum) extract (root)) |
Algae Oil DHA
|Algae Oil DHA|
|Number of vitamins/minerals||14||22||7|
The main differences here seem to be the price and number of vitamins and minerals. The monthly cost of Beli and Bird&Be (if you subscribe) work out about the same. Natalist is a little pricier, and you’re not getting as many vitamins as the other two.
Bird&Be has an interesting option where you can add 400mg of CoQ10, but it costs more per month ($70/month, or $63 if you subscribe). Keep in mind that the extra boost of CoQ10 is not vegan; the capsule has bovine gelatin in it.
You’ll notice Bird&Be and Natalist include Algae Oil (DHA). This oil from marine algae is high in omega-3 fatty acids, and it’s been shown to increase a sperm membrane’s fluidity and flexibility, which in turn can help fertility.
Beli doesn’t include this one, and when I reached out to them to ask why, I got a few reasons.
- Beli prefers to include only those nutrients which are hard to get from diet alone. Because DHA is naturally found in things like fish, chia seeds, flaxseeds, walnuts, edamame, kidney beans, and wheat germ, they left it out on purpose. (Did you know you can meet your DHA requirements by eating fish twice a week?)
- Research shows that to improve sperm parameters, you need to take 1840mg of DHA. The dose in Bird&Be, for example, is only 300mg, which is not enough to have an impact.
- DHA doesn’t have a stable shelf life in capsule form. Bird&Be doesn’t include the DHA in their capsule for that reason, but because it shouldn’t be taken at the same time as the capsule, you’ll have to remember to take two different supplements at two different times.
All 3 brands clearly include ingredients that boost overall health and have been shown to improve male fertility rates. When you’re deciding on which men’s prenatal vitamins to buy, consider what matters most to you.
Beli seems the best in terms of price, and its inclusion of Shilajit might sway men who like the promise of increased energy and vitality.
Those who want that extra boost of CoQ10 or Algae Oil might consider Bird&Be or Natalist, but all three will clearly benefit future dads.
Can a Vitamin Really Increase Sperm Count?
I know it’s tempting to get cynical about the claims companies make about their products. Thankfully, the Food and Drug Administration imposes fines on companies who misbrand, or make false claims on, their packaging.
All that said, it seems Beli’s claims ring true. Several studies have been done over the years on the effect of antioxidants and vitamins on sperm count, quality, and ability to move efficiently.
Beli has an entire tab on its website labeled Science, with a “Research Journal” link at the bottom which lists even more scientific studies.
If you’re pretty research-minded and into the facts, I’d encourage you to check it out.
My Husband’s Thoughts on Beli for Men
My own husband takes Beli for men and really enjoys it! We’re actually done having children – I’d self-destruct if we kept going after three – but he really likes this vitamin.
He attests that it does give him more energy throughout the day, which is likely from the unique inclusion of Shilajit.
On a typical workday, he would start going into a bit of an energy slump around 2 pm. (Don’t we all?!)
However, after a couple of months of taking the Beli vitamin, he says he doesn’t notice feeling as tired in the early afternoon anymore. It’s always hard to say if a vitamin is really the cause of an improvement because there are many factors in life, but he has no plans of stopping.
He says it has no weird taste (or aftertaste), and he likes that it actually provides some kind of physical feedback (increased energy). Usually, you have absolutely no idea if a vitamin is doing anything unless you get bloodwork. So that’s reassuring!
We didn’t even know there were prenatals for men when we were trying to conceive years ago, but if we did, we would’ve invested in them. Getting pregnant (and staying pregnant) was difficult for us, and I know a lot of couples struggle with the same thing.
Vitamins absolutely cannot hurt, and it’s an inexpensive way to boost your chances of conception before resorting to more serious options.
Pros and Cons
So, what are Beli Men’s Vitality’s pros and cons?
- Their products are manufactured in an FDA-registered facility under the Good Manufacturing Processes (cGMP).
- Beli has received the Clean Label Project Purity Award, meaning you don’t have to worry about heavy metals, chemicals, plastics, and other toxins being in your prenatals. Beli is the first men’s prenatal vitamin to have received this award.
- Their subscription service is convenient. You’ve probably got enough on your plate, so re-ordering your prenatal vitamins or grabbing them at the store is one less thing to remember.
- If you don’t like it, Beli will refund you, no questions asked.
- Their vitamins are vegan, gluten-free, and allergen-free.
A few cons:
- Although Beli offers free shipping, the vitamins are expensive at $50 per month. There may be a discount going on depending on when you read this, which can help lower the cost. If there’s a discount, I’ll insert it below.
- Taking them most effectively requires some planning. Ideally, you’d start these 6 months before trying to conceive.
- It’s not the most sustainable delivery method, at least compared to other vitamin brands. You get a new bottle each month, not a refill packet. Although the bottle is recyclable, not everyone has access to recycling (we don’t).
When I researched Beli’s prenatal for women, it was easy to see how they’re at the top of the prenatal vitamin market. I have to say the same for their Men’s Vitality line.
They are high quality with well-thought-out and researched ingredients. Add their third-party testing, Clean Label Project Purity Award, and how they’re generally cheaper than rival brands, and Beli is on to something good here.
For some of the best prenatals for men on the market today, I’d look no further than Beli.