Nutritional Tips to Improve Male Fertility
There is a general belief that infertility depends solely on the health of the prospective mother. If you wish to be a dad, your health as well as your diet is equally important as much as those of your partner. In fact, 32% of infertility is caused by reasons pertaining to the male partner. The increased sperm count multiplies the chances of conception if the mother-to-be is healthy and ready to be pregnant(Read more about Nutritional tips to improve female fertility). Let us examine what all things should be included in the diet of a prospective father.
A balanced, nutritious and varied diet
A balanced, nutritious and varied diet is very important for men to increase the fertility in them. Your diet should contain zinc, folates and other antioxidant rich food. All these together increase the number of sperms which function normally. They also kill the abnormal sperms. Zinc combined with folates increases the sperm count. The optimum intake of zinc is 12 to 15 mg per day. Even though zinc helps increase the sperm count a higher rate of its intake reduces the motility of the sperms. Motility means the ability of the sperm to move fast. Good sources of zinc are extra-lean minced beef, baked beans and dark chicken meat. Beef has 4.5 mg of zinc per 3 oz serving, baked beans have 3.55 mg of zinc per 6 oz and chicken meat has 2.37 mg of zinc per 3 oz. Good sources for folates are green vegetables like broccoli and sprouts, black eyed beans, papaya and jacket potatoes. Vitamin C provides the necessary anti-oxidants. The daily need of vitamin C is 60 mg. Smokers may need a minimum of 100 mg per day because smoking reduces their ability to absorb vitamin C. An 8 oz glass of orange juice provides 124 mg of vitamin C.(Read more about Best Reviewed Fertility Supplement for Male)
Caffeine increases the motility of sperms
Two studies conducted in Brazil in 2005 have proved conclusively that increased intake of coffee has a beneficial effect on the motility of sperms. One test was conducted on fertile men in whom it was found that the sperm motility was increased with more consumption of coffee. The second test was on infertile men. That also has proved the increase in motility and antioxidant levels with higher rate of coffee intake. So, if you are a coffee lover, do not discontinue it. Its consumption increases sperm motility and it also satisfies your taste. But there is no evidence to show that the sperm count increases with consumption of coffee. (Read more about Sperm Count Test)
Alcohol reduces the fertility
Excessive consumption of alcohol reduces the fertility in men. Quality of the sperm is affected by excessive drinking. High intake of beer, wine or spirits affects your hormone levels. That, in turn, reduces the production testosterones. It also affects the ability of your testes to mature the sperms properly. Immature sperms mean lesser sperm count and increased number of abnormal sperms in the semen. Moderate levels of drinking do not affect the fertility of men. The maximum drinking level advised for men by the Department of Health is three or four units of alcohol per day.
Amino acids are believed to increase the output of ejaculation fluid. The amino acid, L-Arginine HCL increases the sperm count and the volume of semen. L-Lysine helps zinc to increase the sperm count. Wheat germ increases the semen output. Consumed along with oats, wheat germ increases the thickness and volume of semen, but not the sperm count.
Besides food, some factors of lifestyle and work place risks also affect the fertility of men. However, you can find easy solutions for them. (Read more about The hidden threats to fertility)