Reviewing possible causes for male factor subfertility, there has been an increased focus on health and wellness. Many of the studies suggest that when possible, you should buy organically grown fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants.
A study published in 2009 in the journal Fertility and Sterility showed that lettuce and other types of high antioxidant fruits and vegetables have been found to improve sperm quality.
Men with lower sperm quality, the researchers found, had higher intakes of yogurt, processed meats and potatoes; while men with high quality sperm ate more shellfish, vegetables, apricots, peaches, and skim milk. The study author indicated that increased exposure to estrogenic compounds that are found in meat and dairy products as well as from synthetic chemicals like pesticides, phthalates, and PCBs, may be compromising the male reproductive system.
Men who are concerned can shift to a more sperm friendly diet:
- Antioxidants are key: Boost your intake of high antioxidant foods like lettuce (any kind but iceberg), tomatoes, greens, blueberries, apricots, and peaches
- Go organic: Pesticides could be killing your swimmers
- Boost your good fish intake
Along with diet changes, be aware that increased belly fat slows down your swimmers by increasing the heat to the pelvis so do everything you can to get rid of any spare tire/love handles.
- The obvious: Avoid nicotine (watch your second-hand smoke exposure) since nicotine slows sperm. Keep alcohol intake to 4 drinks/week maximum since studies show that higher intake is damaging to production and quality of sperm.
Being motivated to be as healthy physically and emotionally will take you further on your journey than you might imagine. If you have concerns, let us know; we are always here to help.