Foods that Lower Your Sperm Count

By: Mathieu Donaldson

June 18, 2021

Did you know that a poor diet can impact your erection? Well, new research is showing some interesting findings that might make you perk up.

You have heard all the advice already on bad habits to kick to keep your sperm count high. Now you can add a few foods to avoid to keep your swimmers healthy and happy. We've noticed that fertility has been decreasing over the past several decades. And guys want advice to improve upon matters,? said Dr. Ryan Terlecki, director of the Men's Health Clinic for the Wake Forest University Department of Urology. Most guys have never even heard that anything in their diet could impact sperm count.?

New research suggests that the food we eat can play a role in the number of sperm a man has (count), whether they're normally shaped (morphology), and how well they move (motility). Sperm count is, of course, important, because if it's not there, you're not going to father a kid,? said Dr. Paul Turek, president of the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology. And I think sperm motility is more important than sperm count."

This may not come as a shock to you, but the foods that potentially harm male fertility are drumroll please some of the same things that cause Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease. So, regardless of if you plan on having a child soon or not, you should avoid these foods at all costs.

The following 5 foods can have an impact on your sperm count:

  1. Processed meats This MOOO Might Not Be Good For YOU!

    Processed Meats Lower Sperm Count

    What's more manly than eating hamburgers, hot dogs, salami, bologna and bacon right? Well, it might not be as helpful to your manhood.? A very recent 2014 Harvard study showed that men who consumed the most processed meats had 23 percent fewer normal sperm than men who ate it much less. If that was not enough evidence, the same researchers published another 2014 study in the journal Epidemiology showing that eating processed meat was associated with lower sperm count.

    One might automatically point to saturated fat as being the culprit in causing poor sperm quality. However, research showed that it was not the nutritional connection as they did not find a link with unprocessed red meat. All fingers are pointing to something happening in the processing of the meat that is detrimental to sperm quality. A leading theory is that processed meats tend to house more hormonal residues than other meats. This residue could have potential reproductive consequences. A reality today is that the U.S. allows more hormones to be given to cattle than in Europe.

    A Healthy Alternative:
    If you want your swimmers to be strong and health, make the switch from processed meats to fish. Harvard scientists found that guys who consumed a lot of fish had, on average, a 51 percent higher sperm count than those who rarely ate any.

    Why, You Ask?
    We found that fish like salmon, tuna, cod and halibut were your best bets. The darker meat fish tend to be high in omega-3 fatty acids which have been shown to boost healthy sperm. Another factor could also be the extra vitamin D found in dark-meat fish.

  2. Full-fat dairy Good or Bad?

    Full Fat Dairy Lowers Sperm Count

    The old adage of milk does a body good' might not be as true as we thoughts all along. The reality is that whole milk actually might be hurting your sperm count. According to a 2013 study in Human Reproduction, younger men who consume at least two servings of full-fat dairy per day in forms of such as cheese and whole milk had fewer motile sperm. Before you go tipping the cow in anger, it looks like the blame really rests with the pesticides and other chemical contaminants in the environment. These harmful elements are attracted to the fat in dairy and this is what scientist believe may very well be causing poor sperm.

    A Healthy Alternative:
    No need to go dairy free just yet. A 2014 study in Fertility and Sterility found that guys who consume about two servings of low-fat dairy per day, as found in 1% or 2% milk, have 33 percent higher sperm counts and more motile sperm than those who consume full-fat dairy.

    Why, You Ask?
    Scientist believe that low-fat milk may actually boost levels of a hormone known as insulin growth factor-1 which is thought to aid the cells that help produce sperm. It is not just the sperm that are impacted but also the supporting cells which create testosterone to nurture sperm development. In addition, cells that guide the sperm toward maturation can be affected by diet.

  3. Non-organic produce Is it all Hype?

    Non Organic Produce Lowers Sperm Count

    We often get asked if the organic trend is just hype for you to buy produce at triple the price. Well, it is becoming a bit clearer in recent studies that non-organic produce, which can be filled with pesticides, could be having a dramatic impact on your sperm. A recent 2014 study, presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting, showed that men who consumed through produce the highest level of pesticide residues had 64 percent fewer normal sperm and 70 percent fewer motile sperm than those who consumed less pesticide laden food. Scary!

    We all always knew pesticides are bad for us but it looks like they can disturb your hormonal balance causing your body's production of sperm to be impacted. With a consistent daily exposure to pesticides, over time our body has difficulties dealing with it and can be harmed.

    A Healthy Alternative:
    Look, we know that you already spend plenty at the supermarket and you are not looking to spend even more. But, the reality is that spending a bit more for organic fruits and vegetables could be worth it in the long run. If you had to pick certain things to always go organic with chose fruits and veggies where you eat the skin like: apples, strawberries, grapes, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, peppers and cucumbers to name a few.

    Why, You Ask?
    These tend to be covered with pesticides and making the switch to organic will spare your body and your hard working sperm the pain.

  4. Soda, The Not So Sweet Side Effect:

    Soda Lowers Sperm Count

    Everyone enjoys the boost in energy and refreshing taste of a can of soda. A good reason to rethink the can is a study published in Human Reproduction of 189 healthy young men who regularly drink the sugar loaded drinks at just over one serving per day. The results showed that there was a connection to poorer sperm motility.

    A Healthy Alternative: If you are craving something sugary sweet try eating an orange, or grapefruit. These fruits will often quench your craving and heck even make you healthier!

    Why, You Ask?
    The problem is that these sugary beverages like sodas and sports drinks boosts your odds of insulin resistance. Scientist feel that this leads to damaging your sperm through oxidative stress.


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