Sperm Count is one of the most important characteristics in male fertility. Research shows that in more than half of infertility issues in couples, low sperm count is the cause. According to the World Health Organization, sperm count of more than 15 million sperms per milliliters in considered normal. In semen analysis which is a test for sperm quality to find the underlying cause of male infertility, the following parameters are measured: sperm count, sperm motility, sperm morphology, volume, fructose level and pH.
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
- Exteneded 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, tumors, homonal imbalance, gluten intoleance and some medications.
One common issue about the difficulty in producing babies amongst married couples is the low sperm count and sperm quality.
I am not making babies nor suffering from it, I just want my readers to know I go extra mile for them.
Exercise and a healthy diet can help you to increase your sperm count. Here we gathered a list of 8 common Foods that can increase your 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.
Eggs help increase sperm count and improve fertility. 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.
3. Ginseng for Boosting Sperm Quality:
The popular Asian Ginseng plant has been used by the Chinese in the cure of many ailments. No wonder it is making this list.
It is a powerful herb known for its extraordinary effects on improving virility in men. It increases $ex drive and also enhances your $exual performance.
As a lover of garlic, the all round health effect is laudable. It is a very effective condiment that has been used for many years in the treatment various physical ailments including heart problems and respiratory infections.
What most people don’t know is that it is also a potent aphrodisiac and very effective in boosting sperm volume.
As mentioned earlier, 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. An amazing fact about walnuts is that having 7 walnuts a day lowers cholesterol and the risk of heart attack.
Bananas are effective at increasing sperm count, since they 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 X 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.
7. Fatty Fish:
A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that men eating a higher amount of oily fish experience a boost in their sperm count by a massive 65% and the interesting part is that getting result is almost immediate because when you eat a fatty fish containing about 10% fat, you can get the boost by the night of that same day. Amazing? Yeah, I thought so too.
The best fish for fats that contain the DHA and omega-3s include salmon, swordfish, tuna and sardines.
8. Carrot and Leafy Vegetables:
If you are truly serious about improving your fertility and sperm quality then a diet rich in vitamin A must be regularly consumed by you. Carrot is one vegetable loaded with this nutrient.