Male fertility can depend largely on factors, such as diet, lifestyle, sexual habits, and occupational exposures. A good diet is imperative for improving male fertility. According to studies infertility affects 1 in 20 men (5%). And one in six couples now have difficulty becoming pregnant, with a low sperm count or poor sperm quality the cause in about 20 per cent of cases.
Foods that Boost Fertility in Men:
Fresh fruits: Fruits are high in Vitamin C and antioxidants which improve sperm quality and count. It is wise to consume at least two portions of fresh fruits daily, if you are planning a baby. Have fruits like sweet lemon or mousambi, oranges and mangoes which are rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants. Don’t miss on pomegranates, studies indicate that pomegranate extracts can improve sperm quality and boost production of testosterone.
Garlic: Garlic has a lot of therapeutic properties and one of them is to recover testicular functions and improve male sexual health. It is also believed to have aphrodisiac properties and improve blood circulation.
Fish: Fish contains Essential Fatty Acids which helps improve circulation around the reproductive system and boosts sperm quality in the process.
Healthy Fats: Research shows that dietary deficiencies and oxidative stress can significantly impact fertilization and pregnancy.
Zinc: Zinc plays an important role in sperm development and testosterone production. Oysters, nuts, spinach, wheat germ and pumpkin seeds are rich sources of zinc.
Tomatoes: Tomatoes are one of the best food sources of the antioxidant lycopene. There have been several studies undertaken on lycopene and male fertility and it has been found to significantly improve motility (the sperms ability to swim), activity and structure of sperm.
Water: One of the simplest ways of improving sperm count and quality is to drink enough water.