Spare Your Sperm With A Healthy Diet… Check These Key Foods

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Nutritionist Isabella Obert looked into the best diet for male fertility, specifically focussing on the quality of sperm. This is important considering one fifth of men have low sperm count i.e. fewer than 15 million sperm per millilitre of semen.

In general, good health and nutritional adequacy translates into good overall sexual health, but Obert has decided to look into some specifics including dark chocolate which naturally contains L-arginine (the same ingredient found in most good pre-workout supplements to support blood support flow).

Sperm are considered highly receptive to oxidative stress, this damages sperm reducing its overall quality. So one way to increase the sperms quality is to consume an array of vitamins and minerals from fruit and veg, as well as including the following specific foods…tomatoes, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, lentils blueberries, pomegranates, dark chocolate and plenty of water.

It was also recommended that couples should reduce their total caffeine intake when trying to conceive. According to research, although caffeine doesn’t appear to reduce the size or shape of sperm, it did prove problematic in couple’s ability to conceive during IVF. Also ‘diet drinks’ that are high in Aspartame are considered ‘risky’ when trying to conceive, so avoid these where possible.

Source

Mail Online, (2015). The healthy sperm diet: From pomegranate to dark chocolate, we reveal the 10 foods that boost male fertility (and why it's time to ditch the coffee). Retrieved 1st June, 2015, from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3105638/The-healthy-sperm-diet-pomegranate-dark-chocolate-reveal-10-foods-boost-male-fertility-s-time-ditch-coffee.html#ixzz3bpHAs4IN

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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