Diet and nutrition are essential factors in getting your body ready for making a baby, and it turns out what male partners consume matters, too. Fertility diets aren’t just for women.
Certain foods could potentially increase sperm count and quality, while others can cause damage. And if you didn’t know, a man is considered to have a low sperm count if he has fewer than 39 million sperm per ejaculation. It sounds like a lot, but considering how far they have to travel, it’s not that many. The point? It’s important for him to evaluate his diet, so it won’t interfere with your chances of conceiving. Remember, though, any fertility concerns should be discussed with your doctor.
Here are superfoods that men should add to their diets when you’re trying to conceive:
1. Oysters + pumpkin seeds
Both are very high in zinc, which may increase testosterone, sperm motility and sperm count.
Oranges contain lots of vitamin C, and studies have proved it improves sperm motility, count, and morphology. Other foods that contain vitamin C include: tomatoes, broccoli, brussels sprouts and cabbage.
3. Dark, leafy vegetables
The folate (also known as vitamin B) in spinach, romaine lettuce, brussels sprouts, and asparagus can help produce strong, healthy sperm.
4. Dark chocolate
Dark chocolate contains arginine, an amino acid that can improve sperm count and quality overtime.
5. Salmon + sardines
The omega-3 fatty acids in fish and seafood — especially salmon, mackerel, tuna, herring, and sardines — help improve the quality and quantity of sperm.
6. Pomegranate juice
The antioxidants in pomegranate juice may improve testosterone levels.
7. Brazil nuts
The selenium found in Brazilian nuts can help increase sperm count, sperm shape and sperm motility.
Staying hydrated helps create good seminal fluid.