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4 Food Groups That Increase Male Fertility – From Beef to Broccoli

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Yummy, healthy broccoli that increases male fertility! (drawing by soycamo, via flickr)

Here’s a list of foods that increase fertility for men, and a list of harmful foods that can negatively impact male fertility. These fertility tips are from Chef MD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine by Dr John La Puma.

“Male infertility is any condition that interferes with a man’s ability to get a woman pregnant,” writes La Puma.

He also says, “Stress has been show to decrease the quantity and motility of sperm – so [if you want to get a woman pregnant] meditate, do yoga, or relax with friends.”

If your sperm count is low, check out Amazon’s Fertility Blend for Men. It’s a herbal nutritional blend that is designed to improve male fertility by enhancing sperm count, sperm health, and sperm motility.

And here are Dr La Puma’s foods that improve fertility, as well as foods to avoid…

Foods That Increase Male Fertility

1. Lean beef, wheat germ, oysters, and dark-meat turkey. “These foods all have zinc, and a zinc deficiency can cause a decreased sperm count,” writes Dr La Puma. “Men put on a zinc-restricted diet of less than five milligrams daily for up to forty weeks had a decreased sperm count, but this normalized within twelve months when they ate zinc-rich foods.”

2. Foods high in Vitamin C. “They increase male fertility, perhaps by reducing oxidative stress,” writes La Puma. “Infertile men given 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C twice a day had their sperm counts increase by an average of over 125%.”

He also says this is “in theory only” – which means it hasn’t been proven scientifically.

3. Tomatoes and tomato-based foods. “Thirty men were given 2,000 micrograms of lycopene supplements twice a day for three months. Two-thirds had increased sperm counts by the end of the study. Free oxygen radicals are a major cause of male infertility, and lycopene squelches free radicals.”

It’s the lycopene in tomatoes that does the trick – but again, it’s in theory only.

4. Organic foods. Men who are exposed to synthetic chemical pesticides show damaged sperm. It takes them longer to get a woman pregnant.

For more tips on increasing male fertility, read Sperm Production – What Men Need to Know About Healthy Sperm.

Foods That Harm Male Fertility

Alcohol. Dr La Puma says that alcohol decreases sperm count and motility – and the more you drink, the more the sperm and motility decreases.

Coffee. “An Italian study showed that the more coffee men drank, the greater their risk of sperm that do not work. Even having just one cup a day has a negative effect,” writes La Puma.

Mercury-containing fish. Shark, swordfish, marlin, king mackerel, tile fish, and albacore tuna contain higher-than-normal amounts of mercury. If you’re coping with infertiity – whether you’re a man or a woman – avoid them.

Did you notice that broccoli is missing from these two lists? To learn what broccoli does for male fertility, read 5 Foods to Increase Sperm Count, Production, and Motility.

Also — consider nutritional supplements for fertility, such as FertilAid. Vitamin C and zinc are the most important supplemental nutrients to enhance fertility. Vitamin C (2,000 to 6,000 milligrams daily) helps prevent sperm from clumping or sticking together, thus increasing male infertility and improving sperm count. Zinc supplements have been shown to increase testosterone, sperm count and sperm motility. High zinc sources include oysters, organ meats, lean beef, turkey, lamb, herring, wheat germ, legumes and nuts.

Supplements such as FertilAid for Men contain the right blend of vitamins and minerals for fertility.

If these concepts are new to you, read What is Fertility? Things You Need to Know About Getting Pregnant.

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For more tips for men, read How to Solve Male Fertility Problems, Such as Low Sperm Count.

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12 thoughts on “4 Food Groups That Increase Male Fertility – From Beef to Broccoli”

  1. If you doctor told you that you have low sperm count or problems with your fertility, then you need to ask her to him how to increase your fertility levels. It’s important to talk to a doctor in person about your health and medical concerns, because you could get wrong information on the internet.

  2. The best way to get help with male fertility problems is to see a doctor in person. You need to get tested, to find out what the problem is and how it can be solved. I can’t offer advice or counseling over the internet — and I think you should be careful about getting personal medical advice online!

    It’s good to get factual information on the internet, such as this article about foods that increase male fertility. But getting personal health advice isn’t such a good idea.

    I wish you all the best in your journey to get pregnant!


  3. my husband is cancer patient .he had gone for cancer in interstine in spt2010 .after that he had gone through chemotheraphy and radiation .he had gone for another surgery in nov 2011 for reocurence of cancer.after ward cancer is totally cure .now sperm count is low .we had baby girl whose born dead due to his heart beat stop .now we want a baby and our financial condition are low

  4. I am 34. I have done the test and the results say i have low sperm count. please advise whay measures i have to take. We are married for 14 years.

    Thank You.

  5. dear laurie,

    i and my wife are more than two years of being together since we were married. we went to a doctor for a workout. it was found out that my wife has a mayoma (a size of a corn) kernel. and with a retroverted ovary..as for myself i had a semen analysis and sad to say i have a low sperm count..Please help advice us what to do? what are our chances of experiencing the joy of being a parent.

    I shall be waiting for your reply. Thank you and God bless.

  6. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Dear Shyam,

    The best way that I know of to plan a pregnancy is by timing ovulation.

    Here’s how ovulation predictor kits work:

    Ovulation Predictor Kits – The Best Way to Tell If You’re Ovulating

    Also — I encourage you to talk to your doctor, since you’ve been trying to get pregnant for a year without success. Perhaps you and your wife should both be tested for fertility, to make sure you don’t have health issues that are preventing pregnancy.

    Wishing you the best,

  7. dear mam,
    i’m 24 man n have tried for baby for last 12 months.but not yet success.pls suggest some tip for me n my wife.the calender days is going to be complete after 4 days.then total nos of days will be 14 after her periods.pls tell me that at which day i should fall in relationship.either on 14th day or 15th day.pls give some tips for getting baby.
    Shyam kanojiya

  8. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Dear Shiv,

    Other than the articles I’ve written here on Quips & Tips for Couples Coping With Infertility, I know of no other medicines that can increase male fertility levels. You could try the male fertility supplements — the ads on this site — because they do work for some men. But, there are no guarantees because it really depends on the cause of your azoospermia (no sperm) and even your personality.

    I know that azoospermia isn’t easy to cure. My husband went to an acupuncturist for help with his sperm count, but it didn’t get us pregnant! Even though it didn’t work for us — because not everything works for everybody — acupuncture may be an option to explore.

    If you can determine the cause of your azoospermia, you’re better able to treat it. But, as I said, I don’t think it’s easily cured.

    I’m sorry I can’t offer better advice — and I caution you to be careful of people on the internet who say they can cure male infertility. If you can afford to try different things, then do it! But, don’t be fooled into buying products or treatments that offer miracle cures.

    My best advice is to go back to your doctor, and do the biopsy — when you’re ready. That will help you figure out what to do next.


  9. Dear mam,

    I am suffering from azoospermia, doctor adviced me for testicular biopsy but i am not ready for it now and want to cure myself with medicines only i am a healthy man aged 34, kindly advice some treatment for it i want my wife feel happy.

    I shall be waiting for your reply.


  10. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Dear Vijesh,

    Thanks for your comment! Unfortunately, I have no information about how to have a male baby.

    Here are some articles about foods and exercises that increase sperm count and motility (in general — not for specific male or female sperm)…

    How to Increase Sperm Count Naturally

    5 Foods That Increase Sperm Count, Production, and Motility

    Facts About Sperm Count, Quality, and Production

    I hope these articles help, and I wish you all the best.