Low sperm count affects approximately one in 25 men. Lifestyle factors such as stress, obesity, and poor nutrition can impact sperm health. If you and your partner are planning for a baby, a nutritional overhaul is a good place to start, to support healthy sperm production and development, body+soul naturopath Mim Beim says. Here are five fertility foods recommended to boost sperm production and prepare for the task of creating a baby.
So long as its powerful scent doesn’t dissuade you or your partner from doing the baby-making deed, garlic is an excellent choice for encouraging sperm production.
Considered something of a sexual superfood, garlic contains selenium, an antioxidant necessary for sperm motility; and allicin, a compound that protects the male swimmers from damage and improves circulation to the sexual organs.
How much? Mim says start adding 1-2 chopped or crushed garlic cloves to meals daily for a rise in sperm count.
Upon reading that this fruit can help your guy out, we had some giggly flashbacks to Drew Barrymore putting a condom on a banana in Never Been Kissed. Phallic shape aside, there are some awesome things going on in bananas to help increase sperm count. Bananas have a rare enzyme in them called Bromelain, which has been shown to regulate sex hormones. There’s also a good amount of vitamin B1, vitamin A, and vitamin C which will help increase his stamina and boost his body’s ability to make sperm and it secures it’s 2nd spot on our ‘Top 5 Fertility Foods’ list.
How much? One banana each day.
Ginseng is for guys who are dealing with less than impressive bedroom scenarios, but a little more online research tells us that men in Asia have been supplementing ginseng into their diets for centuries because it improves virility. In fact, ginseng increases libido, sexual performance, and aids in blood flow to the testicles. In a study at Southern Illinois University, 45 men with erectile dysfunction were put on a ginseng regimen, and at 16 weeks, 60% of those men reported having stronger erections.
How much? Consume 2-6g of dried ginseng root daily for a reproductive pick-me-up, Mim notes.
4. Dark Chocolate
There’s no sexier food to bring into the bedroom than dark chocolate, but now, it’s not just the seductive taste you’ll want it for. Dark chocolate contains L-Arginine HCL, an amino acid related to the arginine in walnuts. It also doubles your guy’s sperm count and semen volume. Men who eat a little dark chocolate everyday have also noted that they have stronger and more intense orgasms. BONUS: it does that for you, too.
How much? Mim recommends sticking to a few small squares of dark chocolate per day for healthy semen.
Walnuts contain arganine, which helps the testicles to increase sperm production and also aids in semen volume increase. It also contains Omega-3 fatty acids which improve the blood flow to the penis. These nuts also have twice the antioxidant power over other nuts so they do a great job of protecting the little guys, too.
Aside from its sperm-enhancing prowess, walnuts are also known to lower cholesterol and boost brain function too.
How much? Just eight walnuts a day will make for happy swimmers.
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