Diet and Supplements To Enhance Men's Fertility and Sperm Count
The following supplements have been
found to be fertility boosters in men:
Zinc and Folic Acid
Zinc and Folic acid taken together have
shown to significantly increase the number of normal sperm in semen.
Folic Acid may be found in green leafy vegetables, legumes, oranges
and fortified cereals. Zinc is found in red meat, poultry, and
fortified cereals. You may want to take a supplement if you can’t
get these through your diet.
Selenium may be essential for male
fertility. Selenium may prevent sperm damage and is found in
seafood, meat, liver, and grains. It is usually present in
Omega-3 fatty acids
Sperm have naturally occurring "prostaglandins"
which are hormone like substances. Some prostaglandins are good and some are bad. Men should do everything they can to manufacture the “good”
prostaglandins which will help with sperm quality. Some men with
poorly functioning sperm have been found to have low levels of the
good prostaglandins. You should be eating a diet rich in Omega-3
fatty acids. See my fertility diet section for food sources. You
could also consider taking a supplement.
L-Arginine can help with the quality
and quantity of sperm. It is an amino acid which is found in the
head of the sperm.
L-Carnitine is an amino acid which
helps with the motility and volume of sperm. It also helps with the
formation (size and shape) and proper maturation of sperm.
Vitamin C has been shown to enhance
sperm quality by protecting it from DNA damage. If the sperm’s DNA
is damaged, and conception occurs, it could lead to miscarriage, or
possibly chromosomal damage and birth defects.
Men, Watch Out for These Things If You're Trying To Conceive
lubricants are harmful to sperm. However there are a few on the
market that are not. Do your research to find lubricants that are
sperm friendly if you absolutely need a vaginal lubricant during
intercourse. Some sources actually recommend using egg whites if you
need lubrication. If at all possible, do not lubricants.
Certain medications can interfere with
sperm production. Some of these include cimetidine (an acid
reducer), some blood pressure medications, certain antibiotics, some
medications taken for depression, some arthritis medications and
cancer chemotherapy drugs. Talk with your doctor if you need to take
medications for any reason to find out if the drug you are taking
affects sperm production. If it does, there may be alternatives.
Hot Showers, Saunas, Hot Tubs
Try to avoid
long hot showers, saunas, baths, hot tubs, etc. The testes are
normally cooler than the rest of the body and this is important for
sperm production. Studies have shown that sperm concentration dropped by 40%
when the scrotal temperature went up by 1 to 2 degrees (Fahrenheit).
Using laptop computers may raise
scrotal temperature up to 5 degrees. Part of the increase in
temperature is attributed to the heat generated by the computer
itself and another part of the increase is attributed to the position
men must sit in to balance a computer on their lap (with their thighs
close together). If you do use a laptop computer, sit at a desk. Do
not put the computer directly on your lap.
Boxers vs. Briefs?
is no evidence that wearing boxers vs. briefs is better for male
fertility. Most people think that briefs will warm the testicles
more because they’re tighter and worn closer to the body. Maybe
that’s true, but it hasn’t been proven to lower fertility. You
be the judge, if you want to try boxers, there’s no harm in it.
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