Foods to make him more fertile
Making a baby takes two to tango, so while you are doing everything you can to become more fertile, there is still one other factor, your partner’s fertility. Men can be quite stubborn when the quality of their sperm is put into question, so it’s not an easy conversation to bring up. But in fact, around 35% of infertility cases are caused by problems with the male sperm. So what can you do without upsetting his feelings? If you prepare his menu on a daily basis, then you can subtly sneak in these foods below which are beneficial to sperm health and might go a long way into improving your chances…all without him even knowing about it!
Believed to be an aphrodisiac, oysters can be a great way to get him in the mood for baby making. However, they also have other advantages for your partner’s fertility health. An oyster is the best, natural source of zinc, a mineral which plays a crucial role in the production of sperm and testosterone. If he’s not a fan of oysters then look for other good sources of zinc such as lean beef, shrimp, chicken, eggs and dairy.
One of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, eating fish regularly may help improve the quality and production of his sperm. Men who eat more fish have shown to have higher quality semen than those who eat less. Omega-3 accumulates in the testes and is required in the formation process of sperm. Types of fish with high omega-3 content include salmon, tuna and mackerel.
Packed full of anti-oxidants and vitamins, fruit is an important dietary component to keep his sperm healthy and protected from cellular damage and oxidative stress. Give him plenty of citrus fruits, berries, tomatoes and apricots which are packed with vitamin A and C. Particularly if he is over 30, his sperm will be more prone to oxidative damage, so it is important to protect his swimmers with daily servings of fruit.
Just like you, he will need to consume more green leafy vegetables packed full of folate and other essential vitamins and minerals. Folate is crucial for DNA synthesis, thus deficiencies in this vitamin can lead to chromosomal abnormalities in the sperm. This can reduce their function and ability to combine properly with your egg. With age, his diet becomes more and more important for his abilities to conceive.
Seeds & Nuts
A good snacking option is a variety of seeds and nuts that contain essential fatty acids and vitamin E where both aid the production of sperm and also protect them from cellular damage. A recent study has linked the consumption of walnuts into improving semen quality. Other good options include pumpkin and sunflower seeds, almonds and peanuts.
If he’s an adamant coffee drinker, he might get a little suspicious as to why you’re placing a cup of tea in his hand. Green tea is packed with potent antioxidants that may help protect the sperm for oxidative damage. If you can convince him to substitute his coffee for a few green teas, you will also be lowering his caffeine intake (an added bonus). If this feat seems too difficult then try a block of dark chocolate or more berries in his dessert to boost his antioxidant intake.
While this may seem a little sneaky, it’s not a bad thing as all these foods double up as important components of healthy diet. Ideally if he is open to talking about it, it will make things easier. If you feel he may be a bit too sensitive about the topic then remember not to approach it as a “problem” but rather; these are ways to get his sperm in optimal, peak fitness or that “super-hero” strength sperm is needed to fertilize your eggs!