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Food Lovers - Convert those sperm sinkers to become sperm swimmers.

Romance is in the air as valentines draws near with food being on the top of list for the most romantic gesture to get in the mood for love and baby making.

However, for some guys with fertility issues, valentines romance can be the turn off rather than the turn on.

Infertility is on the rise in our modern world. According to statistics, there has been almost a 20-30% rise in infertility in the last five years.

In men, the quality of semen is the main reason of failing to impregnate the partner with 35% of male infertility issues are due to low sperm count and motility.

35% of male infertility issues are due to low sperm count and motility.

Common reasons for male infertility are low sperm concentration (oligospermia), poor sperm motility (asthenospermia), and abnormal sperm morphology (teratospermia). The exact reason for the decline in semen quality is not clear, but environmental, nutritional, socioeconomic and other factors are starting to come into focus, but what can you do to help improve your sperm health?

Stockup on fruits and vegetables:

A study conducted by the Harvard University found that eating yellow and orange coloured vegetables and fruits had a profound effect on the health of the sperm. Yellow and orange colour in fruits and vegetables have an abundant amount of “carotenoids” including beta carotene which is converted to Vitamin A in the body. It is one of the most potent antioxidants. Sweet Potato and melon were found to improve both the quantity and quality of sperms while red vegetables particularly tomatoes, which contains lycopene, improved the quantity of abnormally shaped sperms by 8-10%.

Break on the processed food:

Processed and take away fast foods are known to be detrimental to our health. A young men’s study carried out at the University of Rochester took a group that was fed a diet high in processed and red meat, refined grains, fast foods, high energy drinks and fast food.

Another group were put on a healthy diet of chicken, fish, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legume beans. It was no surprise that those on the healthy diet had better sperm motility which has been supported by various studies of the positive role of diets high in whole grains, legumes, fruits vegetables and fatty acids on sperm health and fertility.

Convert those sperm sinkers to become sperm swimmers

Manage the cholesterol: We have seen that couples with a high levels of cholesterol levels take longer to conceive. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism concluded that couples or either of the partner with high cholesterol found it difficult to conceive as compared to other couples. So, ensure to get in those fibres, whole fruits and lean plant proteins into your