Updated: Nov 1
Learn what are the best foods and our lifestyle top tips to increase male fertility and boost high sperm count so your wife can get pregnant fast!
HOW COMMON IS MALE INFERTILITY?
Did you know that Male infertility factors contribute to approximately 30% of all infertility cases, and male infertility alone accounts for approximately one-fifth of all infertility cases?
WHAT ARE THE MAIN REASONS FOR MALE INFERTILITY?
The most common reasons for male infertility include:
- low sperm count
- poor sperm mobility
- no sperm production
- abnormalities in the sperm
- obstruction (due to infection, injury or STD)
- undescended testes
- thyroid and diabetes
- prostate infection
- enlarged vein around the testes so that they overheat the testes and damage sperm production
WHAT FACTORS MAY DAMAGE THE SPERM AND CONTRIBUTE TO MALE INFERTILITY?
In our clinical experience we often talk to men coming for our Acupuncture for fertility treatment, and discover that most of them are unaware that certain conditions and unhealthy habits may have a big impact on their fertility. Therefore we always try to educate these clients how to increase male fertility with a 360degrees approach.
Some of the main factors that may damage sperm include:
Infection. During an illness appetite may drop and there may be a lack of essential vitamins and minerals
Low-level cholesterol as testosterone is made from good cholesterol (HDL). This may be avoided by supplementing your diet with Vitamin E (as highly antioxidant)
Alcohol as it stops the body absorbing nutrients, mostly zinc. Alcohol is one of the main factors contributing to lower sperm counts, poorer quality sperm and may directly cause erectile dysfunction.
Tobacco is another of the main factor we can act in order to increase male infertility. Research has suggested that men who smoke cigarettes have increased abnormalities in sperm shape and function and a lower sperm counts and motility.
Being overweight. An healthy diet is essential for good quality sperm and research show that men who have diets heavy in meat and full-fat dairy foods are more prone to experience male infertility.
WHAT A MAN SHALL AVOID/LIMIT TO INCREASE MALE FERTILITY AND HIGH SPERM COUNT?
Try to limit the factors listed below as much as you can as these may affect sperm count and viability, impacting on male fertility.
Marijuana - it makes the sperm burnt out or hang around
Caffeine as it robs the body of minerals, even if a small expresso prior to intercourse may increase motility of the sperm
EMF (electromagnetic frequency)!!! EMF affects DNA/RNA and may turn cells into cancer cells. Researches found that electromagnetic radiation from phones being kept in a man’s trouser pocket or on a belt as well as working with a laptop resting directly on their legs can lead to up to a 30% reduction in sperm being produced as well as causing many sperm to swim abnormally.
HEAT: Men who want to increase their fertility should keep their testicles as cool as possible as sperm likes cooler conditions and that’s why it’s located outside the body cavity. This means avoiding tight underwear and skinny jeans that may overheat the area. It’s also advisable to stop having long hot baths, saunas and avoid resting the laptop across the groin. If you are a avid biker, please consider to limit excessive biking as this may affect sperm quality too, as much as men working in hot environments like chef should be aware of trying to stand too long in front of the oven for prolonged times.
WHAT ARE THE BEST FOODS TO INCREASE MALE FERTILITY?
Few studies link diets high in antioxidants with better sperm quality. In 2012, a research conducted in Spain found that men experiencing infertility manage to significantly increase healthy sperm concentration by boosting antioxidant intake. Some other positive effects of eating antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables were better rates of sperm movement, ejaculate volume, and sperm concentration.
Among the best antioxidant rich foods are cranberries, blueberries, blackberries, beans, artichokes and nuts like walnuts and hazelnuts.
The most important Antioxidant for men who want to increase fertility is Zinc. The reason is that Semen contains a high level of ZINC and men lose a lot of zinc with each ejaculation. Zinc is the most essential nutrients both for men and women to build healthy sperm and hormones. Only 1 out of 10 people receive the daily recommended zinc. 80% of the zinc is removed from the wheat during the milling process. Besides strong teas interfere with the absorption of zinc and iron. A 2002 Research showed that men getting 5mg of folic acid combined with 66mg of zinc daily for 26 weeks, had a 74 percent increase in normal sperm count.
WHAT ARE THE BEST FOODS TO TO BOOST ZINC NATURALLY AND INCREASE HIGH SPERM COUNT?
Good dietary sources of zinc can be found in:
shellfish (oyster, shrimps, haddock)
egg yolk, lamb (organic lean meat)
wholemeal and rye bread and oat
peas and beans
organic yoghurt and milk
Dark Chocolate and cocoa powder
WHAT ELSE CAN A MAN DO TO INCREASE FERTILITY?
1) GET SUPPLEMENTS TARGET TO MEN FERTILITY
Most people can get all the vitamins and minerals they need by eating a balanced, healthy diet. Even though, sometimes it is no harm to get a little extra help! Therefore you may decide to add to your healthy diet some of these vitamins & supplements recommended for male infertility & boost the chances of succeeding in your preconception care plan.
Please remember that these are only general guidelines; always remember that is best to consult a qualified nutritionist for a customised plan.
In addition to Zinc, some of the best supplements to add to a man’s diet if you are trying to conceive are:
Vitamin A may help to develop a normal shape sperm
Vitamin B12 increases sperm count
Magnesium and L-arginine may help to increase sperm count and motility
Selenium: if too low it contributes to the abnormal shape and low count; if too high it can be toxic
2) TRY OUR ACUPUNCTURE FOR FERTILITY LONDON
Acupuncture for fertility may boost your chances of conceiving because it looks at the person holistically and we work to:
boost blood flow to reproductive organs
balancing reproductive hormones and the endocrine system
Acupuncture for fertility may reduce stress quickly as acupuncture promotes the parasympathetic nervous system, which we can define as our “resting and healing” mode.
Acupuncture for fertility works on a cumulative level so it often requires repetition to make a sustained change, and healthy lifestyle changes can boost its efficacy.
Most preconception programs start at least 3 months before they try to conceive, either naturally or by assisted conception for maximum results. However any moment is good to try this therapy as it does not have side effects and can truly support your body and mind wherever you are in your fertility journey.
We advice to avoid having a big meal prior to the session as you will have to lay down for a while. Also since Acupuncture for fertility aims to promote relaxation, it would be ideal to avoid physical activities such as running or gym classes after your session. These little precautions will help to get the best out of your treatment.
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