Low semen count is a major cause of male infertility. Couples wishing to have children may seek assistance from a physician to diagnose their infertility issues. The following are a variety of reasons for low sperm count.
• Physical Factors: - Genetic diseases can affect sperm count. According to babyhopes.com, cystic fibrosis patients sometimes experience this condition, as do Kleinefelter syndrome and Cartagena syndrome patients. Varicocele a swollen vein inside the scrotum can also inhibit sperm production.
• Lifestyle Factors: - Smoking and obesity have been linked to a low sperm count; so has the abuse of other substances, such as cocaine or marijuana. Even men who ride bicycles frequently have been known to suffer a reduced sperm count as a result.
• Age: - Though it is true that a man can father a child at any age, with increased age comes decreased sperm count. • Environmental Factors: -Exposure to harsh chemicals may reduce sperm count. Exposure to radiation or heavy metals (such as lead) can also reduce sperm count. Exposure to elements such as these would have to be prolonged over time in order to physically harm anyone.
Fertility is an issue that is often associated first with women, but it can be a problem for men as well. Men can have problems with their sperm--from unhealthy sperm to not enough of them. In the case of low sperm count, the problem is quantity, not quality.
Foods to Help Improve Low Semen Count: -
• Vitamin C: - Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps improve the quality and quantity of sperm as well as prevent agglutination (clumping together) of the sperm. Oranges, lemons, grapefruits, tomatoes, broccoli and potatoes are great sources of Vitamin C. • Zinc: - Zinc is an important mineral that contributes to the production of sperm. A deficiency in zinc may cause a decrease in creation of sperm as well as lousy motility. This mineral is found mostly in meat products such as salmon, chicken, pork, lobster and beef. It can also be found in brown rice, lentils and beans. • Selenium: - The antioxidant selenium can increase production and motility of sperm. Brazil nuts are one of the most abundant sources of this mineral. It can be found in eggs, cheese, walnuts and beef. • Folate: - Folate is generally associated with pregnant women, but is can be instrumental in sperm production. It increases the quality of sperm produced. Folate is found in mostly dark, green, leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach as well as avocados, broccoli and oatmeal. • Vitamin E: - Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps fight free radicals in the body, according to The Urology Channel. This will automatically improve the quality and motility of sperm. Vitamin E rich foods include almonds, fortified cereals, eggs and sunflower seeds.
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