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Are there any foods that can increase my sperm count?

Lionel M. Bissoon, MD
Sports Medicine

All naturally occurring foods will help to increase sperm production. Most foods don't have a direct influence on sperm production. The role of food in sperm production is mostly supportive by producing essential minerals, vitamins and anti oxidants.

The brain produces a hormone called Follicle Stimulating Hormone. This hormone directly stimulates the testicle to produce sperm. Healthy sperm will depend on good nutrition which is why eating organic foods is essential.

The Peruvian Herb, Maca has been shown to increase testosterone and sperm production. Oysters (if you can stand the taste) have high zinc content. Zinc is important for sperm production and motility. The amino acid L-Arginine is abundant in chocolate, it will increase nitric oxide and in so doing, it will increase blood flow to the penis and testicles which will help with sperm production. No wonder some ancient culture used chocolate as an aphrodisiac.

From a fertility point of view, fish has mercury and arsenic; both of these compounds will decrease sperm production. If you are in the family planning mode limit your intake of tuna and swordfish.

Elizabeth Casparro, MPH,RD
Nutrition & Dietetics

There are many foods that can increase the sperm quantity and quality. First, lycopene rich foods such as tomatoes (especially tomato products such as soups and sauces) and watermelon. Second, zinc rich foods such as pumpkin seeds, oysters, beef, shellfish and spinach. Third, all fruits and vegetables have antioxidants, which have been shown to reduce free radicals (cell damaging agents) and improve semen quality.

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