9 Best Fertility Foods for Men
A fair amount of research is going into fertility health these days. Findings conclude that quality, not quantity, of sperm is of greater importance. Having a low sperm count doesn’t write you off completely, what really matters is how your swimmers perform in the circuit. Individual sperms are extremely susceptible to free-radical damage, and these free radicals can build up as a result smoking, environmental pollution and poor diet. Ideally, on looks for a diet that is not only low in free radicals, but also rich in antioxidants that can reverse the damage that has already been done. Let’s look at some of the best fertility foods for men.
Tomatoes would fall on the top of our list. They are a rich store of the antioxidant, lycopene. Studies have confirmed that lycopene aids in not only in the motility of sperms, but also their structure. Interestingly enough, this antioxidant is most potent when tomatoes are either processed or cooked, so make sure you add a healthy dose of tomato sauce to your next bowl of pasta.
According to the Society for the Study of Reproduction, eating a handful of walnuts a day (approximately 75 mg, to be precise) can go a long way in bolstering the motility and activity of your sperm. This probably has something to do with the generous supply of omega-3-fatty acids they contain. These fatty acids have a multiplicity of health benefits, so walnuts should be an integral part of your diet, anyway. Sprinkle them into your salads, bake them into a tart, or even eat them raw if you like the natural taste.
Another way to get more walnuts into your diet is to crush and add them to a parfait. You know what else works in a parfait? Blueberries. And isn’t it a coincidence that blueberries are one of the richest sources of antioxidants known to man. Remember, those free-radicals are doing no favors to your sperm.
4. Pumpkin Seeds
Tossing a few pumpkin seeds into your smoothies or cereal is another way to boost your sexual potency, and that’s, because they are a rich source of zinc and other vital minerals necessary for testosterone and sperm production.
Increasing your intake of water is one of the simplest, but best things you can do for your sperm count. Studies have linked higher intake of water to better quality ejaculate. Just be careful about coffee and soft drinks, both are known to drop the quality of your sperms by a few notches.
Pomegranates, pomegranates, pomegranates. This is a superfood for sex. Not only does it increase libido in both sexes, it is also a heavyweight antioxidant and can therefore save your swimmers from free radical destruction.
7. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is the way to go. It contains the vital amino acid, L-arginine, which has been proven to increase your sperm count in leaps and bounds. A general rule of thumb is, the darker the chocolate, the better it is for you.
Surprisingly, garlic is one of the best foods known to ramp up sperm motility.
9. Carrots & Broccoli
Deficiencies in vitamin A have long since been linked to a decrease in motility in sperm. To counteract this, look for foods like broccoli and carrots. Both are potent storehouses of this crucial vitamin.