Ladies, Make Sure Your Partner Eats These Fertility BoostersLisanne Wellness Center
Are you excited to start trying to get pregnant? If so, you’ve probably started making a few lifestyle modifications to boost your fertility. But don’t forget that your partner’s fertility also matters. There are a lot of ways your partner can boost his fertility and improve his chances of success with both natural conception and IVF. Here are 5 things he can add to his diet to help him become a father faster.
Vitamin C: Foods like cauliflower, bell peppers, oranges, pomegranates, and tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants. These components have been linked to improved fertility in men due to the Ascorbic acid and its protective effects on sperm. In addition to protecting the DNA in sperm, pomegranate juice has been linked to improved testosterone levels and a better mood in healthy men and tomato juice has been linked to improved sperm motility.
Nuts and Seeds: Nuts and seeds are packed with micro-minerals like Zinc and Selenium. Collectively, these micro-minerals have positive effects on seminal fluid quality. Zinc improves sperm motility, semen volume, and the concentration of morphologically normal sperm in semen. Zinc-rich nuts and seeds include raw pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, peanuts and (surprisingly) watermelon seeds! Selenium deficiency is linked to low sperm count, poor motility and odd morphology. The best nuts and seeds for selenium intake are Brazil nuts and sunflower seeds.
Vitamin D: Vitamin D deficiency is linked to a decrease in testosterone levels in men. All conception-focused men should make sure they’re getting enough Vitamin D in their diets (or taking a vitamin-D supplement). This is especially important for men who are overweight, as excessive weight is also linked to reduced testosterone levels. Overweight men who take a Vitamin D supplement can expect to see increased testosterone levels within one year. Good sources of Vitamin D include milk and milk products, fortified foods, and fatty fish like sardines, salmon, herring, and mackerel. Make sure your partner is also getting enough sun exposure since the sun is the best source of Vitamin D.
Folate-rich foods: Men with low dietary folate intake show a higher risk of sperm chromosomal abnormalities. This can lead to birth defects like Down’s syndrome or miscarriage. Low seminal plasma folate concentrations are associated with low sperm density and count in men. To boost your partner’s folate intake, encourage them to eat pinto beans, black beans, dark leafy greens like spinach, broccoli, and kale, beetroot, lentils, avocados, and asparagus. It is important that womentrying to conceive too get adequate folate in their diet. Take a supplement like Methyl Folate Plus, which provides a type of folate that your body can immediately put to use.
Healthy fats: Monounsaturated fats and plant-based saturated fat are proven fertility boosters in men. Encourage your partner to skip out on fats from cheese and mayonnaise and opt for fats from olive oil, coconut oil, omega-3 and avocados. Our modern diets lack omega-3 fats, which makes us deficient in this essential fat. If you are unsure about your dietary omega-3 intake, take this Omega-3 test to find out.
Want to learn more ways to boost your partner’s fertility (and yours)? Contact Lisanne Wellness Center today at 713-461-WELL.