Some cases of infertility, or subfertility (taking a long time to get pregnant) are due to poor sperm count. Many reasons for deficient sperm production have been found, but good nutrition is helpful in raising the sperm count and making the semen quality healthier.
Healthier sperm counts help a couple get pregnant more quickly.
Making a guy more fertile means more sperm, quicker replenishment of sperm count after intercourse, faster swimming sperm, healthier shaped sperm, and sperm with normal genetic material. All of these factors can be improved with nutrition.
The membrane of sperm has to stay intact to protect the DNA within, so that means healthy lipids and healthy fatty acids like those that are omega-3s.
Walnuts have been associated with better sperm counts, likely because they are high in Omega-3s.
It may not be the walnut itself, but it might be just the fact that men who eat nuts have better levels of omega-3 fatty acids. (By the way, women’s omega-3 levels help prevent miscarriages).
In the Dec 2016 issue of international Journal of Reproductive Biomedicine there was a review of supplements that could help sperm counts. The antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and CoQ10 intake. It is thought these help keep the DNA healthy. Choosing food with these vitamins is helpful as well.
Other nutritional factors: healthy weight, modest alcohol, avoiding empty calories are helpful as well. At Women’s Health Practice we would love to discuss how your nutrition can improve your fertility.