Eat your fruit and veggies guys – your sperm will thank you.
Eating your veggies and fruits has long been a no-brainer. But, there’s evidence positive of their effects on sperm. A study demonstrates that men will produce more and better quality sperm if they eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
The study by European scientists discovered that not only did men who ate more fruit rich in antioxidants have better and more active sperm (more active sperm are more likely to seek out a female egg’s scent), but their volume of ejaculation was greater, and the sperm was more concentrated than men who eschewed their fruits and vegetables for a diet that focused mostly on red meat and fatty dairy foods.
What is “normal sperm?” According to the National Institutes for Health, normal sperm varies from 1.5 to 5.0 milliliters per ejaculation; the sperm count varies from 20 to 150 million sperm per milliliter; and at least 60 percent of the sperm should have a normal shape and show normal forward movement (e.g. they are moving in the fast lane as opposed to the slow lane on love’s highway of life).
The news about antioxidants isn’t necessarily new, but what the study was able to show for the first time was a detailed picture of the degree to which sperm is made healthier by healthier eating habits.
For example, the researchers examined more than 60 men, half of them with poor semen quality, and the other half with normal semen quality and matched them against a list of almost 100 different kinds of foods.
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They found that the men with normal semen ate a lot more fiber and antioxidants (particularly folates, vitamin C, and lycopene) than the men with poorer quality semen.
Antioxidants have been proven to have any number of positive benefits. They are considered helpful in slowing the aging process, improving the human immune system, and helping protect against cell damage that may put humans at greater risk for diseases such as cancer, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
The researchers concluded that men – and women as well (for their own health as well as the interest they would have in healthy and more fertile partners) – would do well to boost their intake of foods such as spinach, asparagus, broccoli, oranges, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon, grapefruit and wine.
The researchers also suggested that supplements are a good way for getting more antioxidants, but real fruits and vegetables are favored.
So, guys, what are you having for dinner?
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