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[ 8 December 2016 ]
Ten beneficial foods for male infertility
With the ever-increasing hectic lifestyle, there is a sheer upsurge in males coming up with fertility issues. From smoking to poor nutrition, there are many causes which are responsible for the decline in sperm quantity as well as quality in men. It is now proved that eating habits have a direct effect on the quantity of sperms. A good diet is essential for healthy sperm development because the nutritional composition of semen varies depending on a man's age and diet. So, making some changes in diet can be a great way to bring the sperm count up. That's why we've put together the foods which are beneficial for male fertility:

Tomato:
Men who struggle with infertility usually has low levels of lycopene. Tomatoes are one of the richest sources of antioxidant lycopene. According to various studies, it has been proven that this lycopene not only improves sperm motility, but also increases the sperm count and its structure. As consumption of lycopene-rich foods helps to ensure healthy sperm, therefore, tomatoes are a must-have in the diet. Lycopene is more available in cooked or processed tomatoes, so use tomato puree and add olive oil to aid absorption of this fat-soluble antioxidant.

Banana:
Bananas are very rich in nutrients like vitamin A, C and B1 as well as in magnesium and protein. The importance of these nutrients is that they improve and stimulate the production of sperm. Also, rich in vitamin B and bromelain, it also helps in enhancing sexual potency. Bananas can be consumed in the form of banana shakes or smoothies to increase the fertility.

Garlic:
Its strong smell may keep you away, but this item can help you a lot in improving your fertility and sperm quality. This is because Garlic contains allicin and selenium in significant quantities. Allicin improves blood flow to sexual organs and protects sperm from damaging. On the other hand, selenium - an antioxidant - improves sperm motility. Two to three cloves a day can be eaten for better results.

Cashew nuts:
These beneficial little nuts can do wonders when it comes to improving the fertility of men. These nuts are basically a rich source of zinc, which is an essential mineral that is required to boost fertility in both men and women. According to some studies, deficiency of zinc can affect testosterone levels and can also decrease the sperm volume. Thus, including a handful of cashew nuts in one's daily diet can prove to be very advantageous.

Pomegranates:
Apart from being the superfood because of its high antioxidant content, pomegranate also helps a lot in increasing sperm count and making them healthier. Research shows that pomegranate causes surges in testosterone and also improves sperm quality. Not only this, it also decreases blood levels of malondialdehyde, which is known to adversely affect the sperm production. A glass of good quality, 100 percent pomegranate juice every day will not only improve health but will also improve fertility.

Asparagus:
Asparagus, one of the widely used food items of medieval times, is also used in modern era to treat infertility. It will not be wrong to say that asparagus is a great vegetable that has a magical property to raise sperm count. It contains vitamin C which helps in increasing sperm viability and mobility. Asparagus salads are a great way to include this vegetable in one's diet.

Pumpkin seeds:
Pumpkin seeds are another weapon against those nasty free radicals. They are believed to have a high zinc content which is considered to be one of the most important minerals when it comes to increasing sperm count and testosterone levels. This higher sperm count results in higher fertility. Also known to be rich in omega-3 fatty acids, they enhance the blood flow to sexual organs and hence, help in boosting sexual function. These seeds can be either eaten raw or can be sprinkled on cereals and salads.

Oysters:
Oysters are one of the best sources of zinc, which helps in sperm production. If defined specifically, these oysters help in the formation of the outer layer and tail of the sperms and thereby increasing the sperm count. This is the reason why these slimy suckers are known as aphrodisiacs. According to nutritionists, just 15 mg of oysters a day can help repair sperms that have been injured because of the chemicals present in the environment.

Blueberries:
These berries are another vital source of powerful antioxidants including quercetin and resveratrol. Studies show that quercetin can help in maintaining motility and quality of sperms and resveratrol has been found to improve sperm count and motility. Just a handful of blueberries every day can turn out to be very fruitful in increasing sperm count and also in refining fertility. They can be consumed raw or can be whizzed up in a smoothie or can also be sprinkled over yoghurt topped with some chopped walnuts.

Dark chocolate:
Last but not the least, this yummy treat to taste buds can also help a lot in improving the fertility. These are basically rich in amino acid L-arginine, which is proven to increase the volume and motility of sperms. Antioxidants are a great weapon against the free radicals which are found to decrease male infertility. Also, the darker the chocolate, the better it is. But it must not be overeaten as it also increases weight and putting on weight can cause imbalances in testosterone and it may result in lowering of sperm count. Just a couple of squares a day is plenty.

Infertility is a growing problem worldwide. It affects about one in every six couples, and also researchers estimate that about one in every three cases is due to fertility problems in the male partner alone. While infertility is not always treatable, it can sometimes be improved with a healthy diet, supplements, and other lifestyle strategies. The foods mentioned above, nutrients, and supplements have been associated with improved fertility in males. By incorporating these tips into your daily diet, you will begin to have more energy, create a stronger immune system as well as promote healthy fertility.

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