January 4, 2018
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5 Foods That Can Help Boost Male Fertility

There is a lot of discussion around the things the women can do to help increase their chances of getting pregnant, but did you know that the male sperm can be influenced by diet?  More specifically, it is the quality (or strength) of the sperm that can be enhanced, or diminished, by food and nutrient choices, regardless of the number of sperm a man has.  Here we have put together the top 5 food choices proven to help strengthen sperm and get them to where they need to go!


Tomatoes

Sperm thrives on antioxidants, which help fight against free radicals (unstable molecules that destroy cells).  When a diet is low in antioxidants there is a greater risk of sperm (cell) destructions.  Tomatoes are rich in the antioxidant Lycopene, which not only protects against free radicals but also has been proven to enhance sperm structure and movement.  So make sure your man is adding tomatoes, and tomato paste, to his diet – and it doesn’t matter if they are raw or cooked – they are full of antioxidants!

Blueberries

Similarly to tomatoes blueberries contain antioxidants, more specifically anti-inflammatory antioxidants which help sperm to grow well and move faster.  They have also been linked to increasing sperm count, due to their resveratrol ingredient (another form of antioxidant).  So blueberries offer a double advantage in the fertility stakes; increase in both sperm count and their ability to move towards the egg.  For best results, include at least a handful of blueberries in your diet every day.

Water

While not technically a food, we all know the benefits of water for our overall health. But it can also have significant effects on the male sperm.  Semen is water based, and when the intake of water increases so too does the amount of ejaculate.   This equals more sperm at one time!  Additionally, it can help with the motility of sperm as there is more fluid for them to move around in and get to where they need to go.  Make sure, however, that water is consumed as water, and not coffee or other water-based drinks.  Some of these, like coffee, has been proven to reduce sperm counts.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate has been shown to have many health benefits (in small doses, of course!), but the biggest benefit is the antioxidants that it contains.  Those antioxidants (like in tomatoes and blueberries) are phenomenally good for the male sperm.  Dark chocolate, however, also contains an amino acid called L-arginine.  L-arginine helps with fertility because it aids in increasing the volume of the sperm, as well as the sperm count itself.  Plus, it also has benefits on the motility of the sperm.  The darker the chocolate the better, so get your hands of the bittersweet, 85% cocoa products for maximum effect!

Leafy Greens

Folic Acid is a nutrient that is synonymous with pregnancy, but did you know that it can help with getting pregnant, too?  While there is a lot of focus on women taking folic acid, the benefits for the sperm are just as note-worthy.  When a man lacks folic acid in his diet, his sperm is more likely to be slower, fewer in numbers and not as strong as they could be.  Leafy green vegetables, like broccoli, spinach and cabbage are all full of folic acid, which can help the sperm be in better shape for making a baby.  Start adding some greens to every meal to increase the folic acid – and if you don’t like greens, maybe try a folic acid supplement.

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