Research shows that in more than half of infertility issues in couples, low sperm count is the cause.
Several environmental, lifestyle and medical causes can lower the sperm count significantly.
Here is a list of the most common causes of low sperm count:
- Drugs such as cocaine and marijuana
- Drinking alcohol
- Extended uses of computers and laptops
- Long-term sitting, such as driving and bicycling for a long time
- Medical issues: varicocele, infections, inflammation of testicles and prostate, ejaculation issues, anti-sperm antibodies, tumours, hormonal imbalance, gluten intolerance and some medications.
Exercise and a healthy diet can help you to increase your sperm count.
Here is a list of 10 foods that can help you to boost your sperm count :
Fruits like oranges, strawberries, cherries, and other antioxidant-rich fruits are effective in boosting sperm count and preventing damage to sperm. The semen of men who take up to 1000 mgs of vitamin C daily has less clumping than that of their deficient counterparts. This increases motility and the chances of fertilisation.
Bananas contain a rare enzyme called Bromelain. Bromelain is also found in pineapples, and mostly in their stem. Beromelain is a natural anti-inflammatory enzyme which also boosts greater production of the male sex hormone, testosterone (Source: Dr. Oz).
Bananas are also a rich source of vitamins B1, A and C. These essential vitamins help the body enhance its sperm producing ability and increases stamina significantly.
Pomegranates contain anti-oxidants that fight a chemical in the blood which destroys sperm. This chemical is known as malondialdehyde (MDA). Malondialdehyde is also found in the semen and is associated with low sperm quality. A new study published in the International Journal of Medical Research and Health Sciences (2013) shows that smoking increases the levels of MDA in semen and lower the sperm count in semen.
Green leafy vegetables like spinach contain high amounts of folic acid. Vegetables enriched in folic acid help contribute to sperm count. They also make sperms healthier and increase their motility.
Garlic contains a chemical called allicin., which is responsible for many of garlic’s amazing health benefits including its antimicrobial, and anti-hypertension properties. This compound prevents plaques from building up in arteries and enhances blood flow to the genital area which increases the production of sperm. Garlic provides the body with selenium and vitamin B6 which are responsible for the mechanism of healthy sperm production.
Walnuts contain arginine that helps in the increased production of sperm and also boosts semen volume. Walnuts also contain Omega-3 fatty acids which help increase blood flow to the penis. They also possess twice the antioxidant power of other nuts.
Eggs are rich in vitamin E, a deficiency of which is responsible for testicular tissue degeneration.The antioxidant quality of vitamin E helps counteract the negative effects of free radicals on sperm and egg and therefore this vitamin is considered one of the most important nutrients for fertility.
Beef is a rich source of zinc. Zinc stops testosterone from converting into estrogen which is responsible for low libido.
Dark chocolate also contains L-arginine, which is also present in red meat, nuts, spinach and lentils, whole grains,soy, seafood and eggs. This amino acid is needed for sperm production and when consumed, increases sperm count and boosts semen volume. considered one of the most important nutrients for fertility.
The simplest way to improve you sperm count is to drink ample water each day. It’s necessary to keep your body hydrated in order to boost the functioning of cells, including sperm. Drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day can help your sperm to go a long way.
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