How Can Diet Affect Sperm Quality?
Dr. Mital John • onFood 8 years ago • 3 min read

The sperm, like a living organism and one of body fluids that carry DNA, is rich in vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Changes in the composition of seminal fluid may have resulted, changes in mobility and vitality of the sperm, and thus male fertility.

What nutrients are associated with infertility in men?

Great damage in sperm count may lead to free radicals that cause damage to membranes and genetic material (DNA) of the cell. The cells typically use antioxidants, which protects them from these changes. Free radicals are produced endogenously in our body but are recruited from the diet or lifestyle (smoking, alcohol, etc.) important antioxidants that strengthen the body's defenses and taken from the diet are:


Lycopene is found in high concentration in semen. The more increased the intake of lycopene from the diet, the higher the percentage of lycopene in semen. Rich sources are tomato sauces, ketchup and less of the tomatoes.

Vitamins C & E - improve sperm quality by limiting the damage to the membranes. Good sources of vitamin C are citrus fruits and raw vegetables. Vitamin E is found in good quality oils and margarines, oily fish, seeds and nuts.

Selenium-a powerful antioxidant that participates in a number of chain reactions and affects the Leydig cells which produce testosterone in men. Surveys indicate that administration of selenium supplements in the form of increased sperm motility and the chance of fertilization in most men. In our diet, the hiring of nuts, fish and wholegrain cereals.

Zinc and folic acid, play a role in the synthesis of DNA and RNA. Deficiency of zinc is as a clinical symptom of reduced spermatogenesis and reduced fertility. Zinc is found in shellfish and lean meat, and folic acid in dark green leafy vegetables and fortified cereals

What dietary factors reduce sperm quality?

Along with diet, some other factors in the lifestyle of the man may be responsible for infertility.

Obesity: The increased body fat binds free testosterone in the blood, and probably favors the conversion of testosterone to female hormone estrogen. Inspect and maintain your weight in a healthy framework by adopting a balanced diet

Diet rich in phytoestrogens: Phytoestrogens are phenols that mimic estrogen produced in the female body. Is flavones are the most well-researched and powerful phytoestrogens, containing mainly soybean. Have been implicated in infertility in both animals and men and their action is more damaging to the periods that develops the male reproductive system. Is flavones found in soy products, in soy flour, supplements phytoestrogens in soy formula milk in flaxseed and to type fast food meals using soy protein as a cheap raw material.

When illness, even if simple, such as tonsillitis, the presence of inflammation in the body reduces the number of sperm note that the sperm need to be 70-74 days for production. Larkins body inflammation affects the number and capacity of sperm for insemination, it is wrong to judge the result of an analysis for that one must re-analysis for months to diagnose the fault being found and treated by a physician specialist.

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