10 Foods that Increase Your Sperm Count
The sperm Count is one of the most important characteristics in male fertility. Research shows that, in more than half of infertility issues in couples, low sperm count is the cause. According to the World Health Organization, sperm counts of more than 15 million sperm cells per milliliter are considered normal. In a semen analysis, which is a test for sperm quantity and quality in order to find the underlying cause of male infertility, the following parameters are measured: sperm count, sperm motility, sperm morphology, volume, fructose level, and pH.
Several environmental, lifestyle and medical causes can lower the sperm count significantly.
Here is a list of the most common causes of low sperm count:
- Drugs such as cocaine and marijuana
- Drinking alcohol
- Exteneded uses of computers and laptops
- Long-term sitting, such as driving and bicycling for a long time
- Smoking cigarettes
- Medical issues, including:
varicocoele, infections, inflammation of testicles and prostate, ejaculation issues, anti-sperm antibodies, tumors, hormonal imbalances, gluten intolerance, and some medications.
Exercise and a healthy diet can help you to increase your sperm count. Here we gathered a list of 10 foods that can help you to boost your sperm count:
Bananas are effective at increasing sperm count, since they contain a rare enzyme called Bromelain. Bromelain is also found in pineapples, and mostly in their stem. Bromelain is a natural anti-inflammatory enzyme, which also boosts greater production of the male sex hormone, testosterone (Source: Dr. Oz).
Bananas are also a rich source of vitamins B1, A, and C. These essential vitamins help the body enhance its sperm-producing ability and increases stamina significantly.
• Dark chocolate
Dark chocolate is not just used in seduction, but it also has enormous health benefits. According to a research study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, dark chocolate can increase the feeling of attraction between two people by releasing the same endorphins that are secreted during lovemaking.
Dark chocolate also contains L-arginine, which is also present in red meat, nuts, spinach and lentils, whole grains, soy, seafood, and eggs. This amino acid is needed for sperm production and, when consumed, increases sperm count and boosts semen volume. According to The University of Michigan Health System, several months of L-arginine supplementation increases sperm count, quality, and fertility.
L-arginine is also known to improve the dilation of blood vessels, which increases blood flow to the genitals. This can actually help the penis to enlarge. That’s the reason why men who consume dark chocolate every day have reportedly stronger and more intense satisfaction peaks. You can take L-arginine supplements but dark chocolate is tastier and will do the trick naturally.
Garlic has the ability to increase blood flow in the body. Garlic contains a chemical called allicin. Allicin is responsible for many of garlic’s amazing health benefits, including its antimicrobial, and anti-hypertension properties. This compound prevents plaques from building up in the arteries and enhances blood flow to the genital area, which increases the production of sperm. Garlic also contains nitric oxide synthase, or NOS, which plays an important role in a healthy erection. Garlic provides the body with selenium and vitamin B6, which are responsible for the mechanism of healthy sperm production.
Pomegranates are useful in problems ranging from cold and flu to low sperm count. Pomegranates contain anti-oxidants that fight a chemical in the blood which destroys sperm. This chemical is known as malondialdehyde (MDA). Malondialdehyde is also found in the semen and is associated with low sperm quality. A new study published in the International Journal of Medical Research and Health Sciences (2013) shows that smoking increases the levels of MDA in semen and lower the sperm count in semen.
Aother study published in Clinical Nutrition Journal shows that daily consumption of pomegranate juice destroys free radicals and boosts sperm quality.
Beef is a rich source of zinc, which possesses protective properties that prevent free radicals from becoming part of healthy sperm. Zinc also stops testosterone from converting into estrogen which is responsible for low libido. According to the Mayo Clinic, daily consumption of 66 milligrams of zinc may increase sperm counts in sub-fertile men and 220 milligrams of daily zinc is helpful for sexual dysfunction in men. Eating beef is easy to do and will affect your sex life in many positive ways.
If you’re vegetarian like me, don’t worry! There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan foods that are abundant sources of zinc.
Please make sure to check out Top 10 Signs of Zinc Deficiency.
As mentioned earlier, walnuts contain arginine, which helps in the increased production of sperm and also boosts semen volume. Walnuts also contain Omega-3 fatty acids, which help increase blood flow to the penis. They also possess twice the antioxidant power of other nuts. An amazing fact about walnuts is that having 7 walnuts a day lowers cholesterol and the risk of heart attack. These positive effects collectively indicate that walnuts are something you should have in your diet every day.
Spinach has many health benefits and is easily available. Green leafy vegetables like spinach contain high amounts of folic acid. Vegetables enriched in folic acid help contribute to a high sperm count. They also make sperm cells healthier and increase their motility.
• Fruit Salad
Fruits like oranges, strawberries, cherries, and other antioxidant-rich fruits are effective in boosting sperm count and preventing damage to sperm. Eating a fruit salad helps you absorb all the nutrients of fruits at one time. By making eating fruits a habit, it can help counteract free radical damage to sperm cells. The semen of men who take up to 1000 milligrams of vitamin C daily has less clumping than that of their deficient counterparts. This means that vitamin C can both increase sperm motility and the chances of fertilization.
Eggs help increase sperm count and improve fertility. Eggs are rich in vitamin E, a deficiency of which is responsible for testicular tissue degeneration.
The antioxidant quality of vitamin E helps counteract the negative effects of free radicals on sperm and egg, and therefore this vitamin is considered one of the most important nutrients for fertility. Men and women alike would do well to have eggs as part of their regular diet.
The simplest way to improve your sperm count is to drink ample amounts of water each day. This is necessary to keep your body hydrated in order to boost the functioning of cells, including sperm. Drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day can help your sperm to go a long way.
In the end, this video summarizes some effective changes in your lifestyle that can boost your fertility:
10 Foods that Increase Sperm Count
Edited By: Stephanie Dawson
[Last Updated on March 4th 2014]