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How does nutrition affect male fertility?

Male fertility is of much concern to couples who are trying to have a baby. Male fertility treatment does focus on nutrition as few foods promote male fertility.

The male fertility diet does promote sperm health and eating a nutrient-dense diet can help to not only prevent damage to one’s sperm but can also help promote sperm health. Nutrients such as zinc, selenium as well and vitamin C (plus several others) have been shown to help increase sperm health, motility, and mobility.

Staying active, minimizing stress, and also making changes in the diet as well as lifestyle can help support male fertility. Certain supplements may also in fact prove to be beneficial for increasing sperm count.

While infertility may not always be treatable, there are a few issues to know about it to enable boosting the chances of conceiving. Fertility can sometimes be rather improved with a healthy diet, supplements, as well as other lifestyle strategies.

Diet can indeed affect male fertility and eating a healthy, balanced diet with variety as well as reducing alcohol intake can improve sperm quality and also increase the chances of the person and his or her partner conceiving.

Healthy weight

Being underweight or overweight can lessen the chances of conceiving. Men need to try to maintain of course a healthy bodyweight. Even if the person does not lose enough weight to have a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or less, losing some weight and also increasing one’s activity levels that is likely to be beneficial for one’s health.

Nutrients that can influence fertility

Certain nutrients are known to influence fertility in men. A healthy, balanced as well and varied diet will indeed help ensure that a person gets a wide variety of nutrients required for male fertility. It is better to eat a healthy, balanced diet on the whole rather than just focusing on individual foods.

Selenium – selenium is good for normal sperm production and also development. Including foods such as Brazil nuts, fish, meat, poultry as well as eggs in the diet that do need to provide enough selenium without the need for supplements. 

Zinc – Low levels of zinc also have a link to a low sperm count and reduced testosterone levels. Men can also help keep their zinc levels rather on the higher side by including meat, dairy products, shellfish (such as oysters), wholegrain cereals, and also nuts in their diet. Male fertility treatment does incorporate such foods.

How does nutrition affect male fertility?

Fenugreek Seeds – Fenugreek extract is taken daily to aid male fertility.

The men having it have experienced significantly increased testosterone levels, and strength, as well as led to fat loss.

A supplement made from fenugreek seed extract as well as minerals, taken daily for 6 weeks libido, sexual performance, and also strength improves.


Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) happens to be a medicinal herb that’s been used in India since ancient times. Studies do suggest that Ashwagandha may indeed improve male fertility by boosting testosterone levels. Ashwagandha root extract per day for 3 months does significantly improve fertility.

Is there any evidence behind aphrodisiacs?

Not really, but it is interesting that shellfish sort of oysters are rich in zinc and also selenium and do contribute to healthy sperm.

Changing lifestyle habits

Excessive intake of alcohol can affect sperm quality. Men need not drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week. It is better to spread one’s units over the week rather than having one or two heavy drinking sessions.

Other lifestyle factors, like smoking, can also influence fertility. Smoking has indeed been linked to low sperm count and sperm motility, and thus it has been recommended to quit smoking if trying for a baby. It also helps if the partner also stops smoking.


Nutrition plays an important role in male fertility treatment.


Dantheswari Baskar

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