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.”
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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.