Nutrition can have a significant impact on fertility for everyone. Male infertility can stem from low sperm count, poor sperm quality (motility and/or morphology), issues with semen, or other unexplained causes. And nutrition and lifestyle choices can play a role sperm quality and volume.
Nutrition tips to help increase male fertility
If you’re looking for some simple nutrition tips to boost sperm quality, volume and your overall health, look no further!
1. Eat a balanced diet of fish, vegetables, and whole grains
All of these foods will improve overall health and result in more active sperm. They also contain essential nutrients such as complex carbohydrates, fatty acids, and antioxidants. And like with the other tips on this list, these foods are also beneficial for female fertility.
2. Quit smoking and reduce alcohol consumption
Tobacco and alcohol have long been linked to issues with infertility, and can significantly reduce sperm count and sperm quality. They can also reduce testosterone levels and cause abnormal sperm. You don’t have to cut out alcohol completely to make a difference here.
3. Try to increase folate intake
Folate is great for everyone! This fertility super star can lead to the production of healthy sperm. Try foods like leafy greens, legumes, and orange juice for that Vitamin B kick. It’s best to try and get your folate from your food, but if you’re struggling to get to 400 micrograms every day, try a supplement!
4. Get more Zinc and Vitamin C
These two essential nutrients can prevent sperm defects and boost sperm movement. A lack of Zinc also makes sperm clump together instead of separating inside the vagina. Zinc can be found in oysters, tenderloin, and dark meat chicken. And a little goes a long way — you only need 11mg per day.
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