Low sperm count is today the most common cause of male infertility. Low sperm count means that the fluid (semen) released during an orgasm contains fewer sperm than normal. Sperm count is considered lower than the normal sperm count  if you have fewer than 20 million sperm per milliliter of semen.

Let us briefly look at the causes of Low sperm count. This is important so that one can establish reasons for his low sperm count and this will enable his doctor know the root causes and  how to treat it.

Causes of Low sperm count include:

  • Hormonal problems: Usually in the testicles or pituitary gland. The hormones are released in the pituitary gland and are responsible for the stimulation the testicles to produce testosterone.
  • Treatment of cancer with certain kinds of chemotherapy or radiation.
  • In cases where the man contacts infections or has injuries in his testicles. Antibodies are developed that attacks the sperm and can also be found in the semen since the sperm has been exposed to his immune system usually outside the testicles
  • Testicular injury or failure. It is normally present at birth (congenital) or related with radiation or exposure to toxic chemical.
  • Drug use (medications, marijuana and tobacco use).
  •  Problems Relating to Structure. These include:
    • A varicocele in the testicles. A varicocele is an enlarged, twisted vein (varicose vein) in the scrotum, most often on the left side. It feels like a “bag of worms” and may occasionally cause discomfort.
    • Blocked ejaculation due to a surgical vasectomy.
    •  Absence of a vas deferens (a birth defect that may be associated with cystic fibrosis genes).
    • Release of semen into the bladder rather than out through the penis.
  • Chromosomal problems (such as Klinefelter syndrome). Klinefelter syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects males. Normally, males have one X and one Y chromosome; males with Klinefelter syndrome have at least two X chromosomes and, in rare cases, as many as three or four.
  • Genetic problems.

That are the major root causes of low sperm count so let’s look at three foods that can be taken to improve low sperm count.

Foods that can help improve Low sperm count

Food No. 1: Oysters

 

Good source Of Zinc & Selenium

Have you heard of oysters before? Oysters provide the antioxidant mineral zinc. Infact Oysters are an excellent source of zinc, iron , calcium , selenium as well as Vitamin A and Vitamin B12. Zinc is involved in hundreds of body processes, from producing DNA to repairing cells.

Research have shown that adequate zinc may protect against cellular damage that leads to prostate cancer, Sexual functioning of the male reproductive system, including increased sperm counts, is also enhanced with zinc.

Though Oysters are considered the healthiest when eaten raw on the half shell . It important to take caution when considering eating raw oysters. An infection called Vibrio vulnificus is related with the consumption of raw oysters.

You can also eat other shellfish, lean beef, lean pork, or legumes

Food No 2: Broccoli

It’s loaded with vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium, and a phytochemical called sulphoraphane, which may have anticancer (prostate and colon) properties.

This super-nutritious green vegetable may also help lower levels of homocycteine, an amino acid associated with increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

Other alternatives of broccoli available are cabbage. Which can be found locally.


A cross section of the broccoli plant

Broccoli is high in vitamin C , as well as dietary fiber; it also contains multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties and small amounts of selenium.

Though the benefits of broccoli are greatly reduced if the vegetable is boiled Broccoli is also an excellent source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical which boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells

It’s loaded with vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium, and a phytochemical called sulphoraphane, which may have anticancer (prostate and colon) properties.

This super-nutritious green vegetable may also help lower levels of homocycteine, an amino acid associated with increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

Other alternatives of broccoli available are cabbage. Which can be found locally.

 

Food No. 3: Fatty Fish

No food would be complete without the healthy fat, omega-3 fatty acids. These polyunsaturated fats are mostly the preferred form of fats in your diet. They can benefit the heart, circulation, and immune system and reduce the risk for prostate cancer, among other things.

Examples include fish, such as sardines, herring,  mackerel that are available in our local markets.

 

“Omega-3 fatty acids are potent anti-inflammatory foods that can help lower  blood fat levels, reduce aches and pains , and offer relief with certain kinds of arthritis.

Fatty fish such as salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel, and herring are the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends that everyone eat fish twice weekly.

You can also get omega-3s in plant-based foods, like walnuts, soy, canola oil, and fortified products such as eggs. But there are other good reasons to eat fish.

Fatty fish are also a good source of vitamin D, a nutrient that tends to be deficient in our diets  in which adequate supply can help prevent cancer, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and bone disease.

Many of the food listed above are available in our markets and stores and you should avail yourself the health benefits they carry and improve your sperm count considerable.

Loads of baby dust to you.

ciao

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