Foods for male fertility need to be incorporated into the post vasectomy reversal diet as there is a positive connection in how your body responds to foods and the development and production of sperm. Post vasectomy reversal, the focus is on producing the best sperm possible and so the following information will be of assistance to you.
Increase the amount of ZINC in your diet
: This is commonly found in fish, chicken, pulses, pumpkin seeds, whole-grains, baked beans and eggs. More extravagantly, zinc is also found in oysters which are a very rich source. There are many studies which link a lack of zinc to a reduction in semen and testosterone (and many studies showing that zinc improves sperm count and motility in men originally found to be infertile) and it is advised that a daily supplement of 11mg is taken as normal foods don’t quite meet this level. For example baked beans only contain 3.5mg a serving!
Increase your VITAMIN C and other antioxidants
: These are found in citrus fruits, peppers and each vitamin is responsible for certain sperm activity and protecting the sperms’ DNA too:
Vitamin A – this stops sperm from being slow swimmers and is found in carrots, apricots, red peppers, cabbage and spinach.
Vitamin C – this makes sperm more mobile and foods rich in vitamin C are orange juice, grapefruit, tomatoes and broccoli. A 250 ml glass of orange juice contains 124 mg of vitamin C – 90mg is advised but nearly 50% more if you are a smoker.
Vitamin E – this makes the sperm more energetic and foods such as avodaco are rich in this vital vitamin
Pomegranate – the juice of this fruit is very high in antioxidants which can only be good for you.
Increase your intake of OMEGA-3
Pumpkin seeds contain large quantities of zinc and are obviously much cheaper than oysters and are a vital foods for male fertility! But they have the additional benefit of being full of omega-3 fatty acids which improve sexual function. Other foods rich in omega-3s are almonds, salmon and sardines.
Increase your intake of FOLIC ACID
: peas, green beans, chickpeas, bananas, asparagus all contain high levels of folic acid. Research has found that men with low levels have low sperm counts so a supplement will only help. Many food have folic acid added but often there is still insufficient to be beneficial.
Improve your levels of L-CARNITINE
: This is an amino acid which is found in low levels in infertile men. It helps the sperm to mature correctly. There is a problem with buying supplements of this over the counter as the tablets can rapidly deteriorate when they come into contact with oxygen. Therefore it is advised that your diet includes red meat, chicken, fish, dairy foods, avocado, eggs.
Increase your intake of SELENIUM
: It is advised that supplements are not taken instead, a variety of selenium rich foods are incorporated into your diet such as Brazil nuts, tuna and eggs.
Improve your level of CAROTENOIDS
: through eating sweet potatoes, cabbage, spinach and tomatoes. There is also evidence that increasing your calcium intake and vitamin D intake can improve your fertility. Research suggest that taking 1000mg of calcium (nearly 3 glasses of milk) and 400IU of Vitamin D (via a supplement) a day can make improvements.
Things to avoid:
Illegal drugs: Marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines and opiates all reduce quantity and motility, and increase abnormalities in sperm. Studies have found that after stopping smoking marjuana, after a 3 month period the sperm restart to develop and mature. In other words, the effects are reversible.
Follow our foods for male fertility and lifestyle tips and keep your scrotum cool. Sperm production is known to decrease in the summer months so avoid prolonged activities where the scrotal temperature could be raised for long periods of time. This way you will be doing what you can to increase the chances of healthy sperm production after your vasectomy reversal.
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