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  • Keep Your Sperm Strong! 7 Foods That Are Good For Men Who Want A Baby

    Hubbies who want to conceive also need to take care of their health.
    by Kate Borbon .
Keep Your Sperm Strong! 7 Foods That Are Good For Men Who Want A Baby
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  • A couple is ready to make a baby — wonderful! But it’s not just the woman who has to put in the effort to take care of her body. Men also have a responsibility, beginning with a healthy diet. They need to start cutting back on foods that are not known to be unhelpful in conceiving a child and start eating food that reportedly help increase male fertility.

    7 foods that increase male fertility

    Dr. Natan Bar-Chama, director of the Center of Male Reproductive Health at the Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York, tells CNN that 40 to 50% of the time, men are the “primary or contributory cause” of infertility. (So, moms, this is why both you and your partner need to be tested. It is not always the woman who has infertility.) If there are no male reproductive health problems or complications, men may want to fill their diets with the following foods that are said to increase male fertility.

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    Fruits and vegetables

    It’s always good to include fruits and vegetables in your diet, but this is all the more important if you’re trying to have a baby. It can contribute to better semen quality, according to Thorne. Fruits and vegetables are also rich in antioxidants and nutrients, such as vitamins C and E and beta carotene, which protect the body against free radicals that affect sperm’s motility and ability to attach to the egg.

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    What to Expect points out that many fruits, leafy greens, and beans contain lots of the B vitamin folic acid, which has antioxidants that help keep sperm free of chromosomal abnormalities. An example of a power veggie you might want to stock up on is sweet potato, which has folate, vitamin C, and vitamin E.

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    Whole grains

    Whole-grain bread, quinoa, brown rice, and oatmeal can all help in keeping men’s sperm in good condition. Komal Kumar, a dietitian at the Lister Fertility Center, tells Made for Mums, “Rather than a low-carbohydrate diet, a diet rich in low-glycemic index carbohydrates or good carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables improve male fertility as they are rich in important nutrients such as antioxidants and fiber.”

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    Oysters

    Oysters are rich in zincaccording to What to Expect, and they contain more zinc per serving than any other food. Zinc increases semen volume and testosterone and improves sperm motility. Oysters are also a well-known aphrodisiac, meaning they can increase yours and your partner’s sexual drive.

    If you don’t want to eat oysters, other sources of zinc that you can go for are mussels, pumpkin seeds, and lobsters. Mother&Baby recommends including at least 15mg (50g) of zinc-rich foods in your diet per day.

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    Fatty fish

    Lauren Manaker, a registered dietitian and the author of Fueling Male Fertility, tells CNN that eating at least two servings of low-mercury fatty fish, such as salmon, herring, and sardines, every week can help men who want to conceive. These types of fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to pregnancy success. Dr. Bar-Chama adds that omega-3 fatty acids are a crucial component of the sperm cell membrane that is central to the fertilization of the sperm and egg cells.

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    Dark chocolates

    If your hubby is a chocolate fan, here’s some good news. Dark chocolate is packed with an amino acid that has been found to significantly increase sperm and semen volume. It is also high in antioxidants that help defend against free radicals, which can damage the sperm membrane, affecting the sperm’s motility and ability to fuse with the egg cell.

    A word of warning, however: Make sure to remind your partner not to go overboard on eating chocolate as gaining weight can lead to imbalances in his testosterone and lower his sperm count.

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    Nuts

    CNN says that several types of nuts, like almonds, walnuts, and hazelnuts, are packed with fertility nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, plant protein, and antioxidants. Omega-3 fatty acids can increase a man’s sperm count and facilitate blood flow to the genitals. Aside from nuts and fish, other types of food with lots of omega-3 fatty acids are crab, chicken, and pumpkin seeds.

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    Ginseng

    Though it might not commonly be consumed daily, according to research, ginseng can be classified among types of food that increase male fertility. A 2013 review found that ginseng may improve sperm quality and count. Mother&Baby advises men to try drinking tea with ginseng every day.

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