A low sperm count is considered to be anything between 10 and 20 million sperm per milliliter and has been linked with factors such as a zinc deficiency or a lack of vitamins. This poses problem to a man especially a person that wants a baby as healthy sperm count is necessary for fertility. If normal semen contains 40 million to 300 million sperm per milliliter and your sperm count falls short of that, then a solution is inevitable. Making some nutritional changes can be a great way to increase your sperm count and we have just the right foods for you.
Below are seven foods that will boost your sperm count.
Oysters are one of the best sources of zinc, which helps sperm production. It also doesn’t hurt that they’re an aphrodisiac, so load up with 15mg a day – around 50g of oysters – and you’ll be making babies before you know it. If your wallet – or stomach – can’t stretch to that much, other great sources of zinc are turkey, pumpkin seeds, lobster and mussels.
- Dark chocolate for antioxidants
Dark chocolate contains an amino acid that has been proven to double sperm and semen volume. It’s also high in antioxidants – enough to rival pomegranates and acai berries. Antioxidants are a great weapon against free radicals, nasty little molecules found in pollution and toxins that are linked to male infertility. But don’t go overboard – putting on weight can cause imbalances in testosterone which could lower your man’s sperm count. A couple of squares a day is plenty.
If the strong aroma doesn’t put you off doing the deed, garlic is a great baby-making booster. It contains two magic elements – allicin, which improves blood flow to your sexual organs and protects sperm from damage, and selenium, an antioxidant that improves sperm motility. One to two cloves a day is a good amount.
Bananas have been found to increase male libido and regulate sex hormones because of an enzyme called bromelain. They’re also full of vitamins C, A and B1 which will boost your body’s ability to produce sperm.
Deficiencies in vitamin A are a common cause of low fertility, because a lack of vitamin A makes your man’s sperm sluggish. Broccoli is packed with vitamin A, as are red peppers, spinach, apricots, sweet potatoes and carrots.
Asparagus is another weapon against those nasty free radicals. It’s also packed with vitamin C, which protects sperm from damage and increases its motility and volume.
Omega-3 fatty acids increase sperm count and boost blood flow to the genitals – and walnuts are a fantastic source. They’re a tasty on-the-go snack, and can be sprinkled on cereal or dessert. Other good sources of omega-3 fatty acids are crab, salmon, chicken and pumpkin seeds.
Culled from Mother&Baby