Should Men Also Go on a Fertility Diet?

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1. Fertility Diets

There is lots of talk these days about women trying fertility diets in order to get pregnant more easily. The premise is actually pretty simple. Cut out the bad things in your diet, like caffeine, alcohol, processed foods, junk foods, fast foods, and sugary snacks and replace them with healthier alternatives. But, what about the guys? Is there a fertility diet for men, and does it work? Read on for more info.

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2. Doctors Say

It’s pretty obvious what doctors think. Most experts say that when it comes to fertility, it can be very beneficial for a guy to follow a fertility diet as well as a woman. Male fertility issues account for around one third of all fertility problems, and another one third are a combination of male and female issues.

it-can-be-very-beneficial-for-a-guy-to-follow-a-fertility-diet-as-well-as-a-womanObviously, guys who are trying to conceive should avoid things like cigarette smoking, which reduces sperm count, motility and morphology, and also marijuana use, which leads to low testosterone levels. Anabolic steroids can completely kill off sperm altogether, so they should be avoided as well. Excessive amounts of alcohol can also really damage male fertility as well, so guys need to avoid that at all costs.

3. What To Eat

Doctors say that vitamin C is very important for fertility in mean, since the antioxidant properties can protect the sperm’s DNA. Citrus fruits, potatoes with skin, broccoli, strawberries and liver are all high in Vitamin C. Zinc is a mineral that has been shown to improve sperm count and motility in men with fertility issues. Oysters have large amounts of zinc, as do beans, nuts, seeds, poultry and red meat.

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Arginine is known to increase sperm counts and motility, and it is found in most nuts. Folic acid has also been shown to boost sperm health, and it can be found in beans, spinach, asparagus, and collard greens. CoQ10 is another supplement that has been shown to protect the sperm cells from damage. It is found in beef, salmon, organ meats, peanuts, eggs, broccoli, pistachios, strawberries and oranges.

4. What To Avoid

Of course, men (and women) who are trying to conceive should lay off the junk food. Fatty, fried and sugary foods can all affect male fertility. Fish with high amounts of mercury have been linked to infertility in both women and men, so avoid fish like swordfish, king mackerel, tuna steak, and shark meat. Salmon and shellfish are both good alternatives.

Caffeine-and-alcohol-can-both-decrease-sperm-countCaffeine and alcohol can both decrease sperm count, so make sure your guy keeps it under two drinks per day.  Follow these tips and you will be well on your way to helping your man boost his fertility.

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Dr. Lynette Weiss, MD

Dr. Lynette Weiss is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician and Scientific Director. She is certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.