According to recent studies, eating natural nuts can really help improve sperm health.
The number of men who qualify as needing fertility treatments have reached all-time highs while the number of men with normal sperm counts is steadily dropping. In fact, in the past 40 years, sperm counts among men have dropped nearly 52 percent worldwide. Most experts agree that environmental factors like pollution, smoking, obesity, and the chemicals found in plastics are to blame.
It is well known that what you eat can affect your sperm. This is true both in a positive and negative sense. Researchers at Rovira I Virgili University in Spain teamed up with a group of 119 men between the ages of 18-35 to test this theory. They split the group into two smaller groups. The first group was told not to change their diet and stick to a normal “Western-style” diet. The second group added 60 grams of nuts (about two handfuls) to their diet.
Researchers collected both blood and sperm samples from the men before and after the 14-week period of the study. These measurements helped them identify the impact that nuts had on their sperm health.
At the end of the study, the group who partook in nuts saw a large, 16% increase in sperm count. They also saw notable improvements in sperm vitality, motility, and size. The men also had less sperm with fragmented DNA and were stronger swimmers. These men enjoyed walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, and more during their 14-week trial.
Nuts like walnuts, almonds, and hazelnuts are packed with nutrients. Things like omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and antioxidants like vitamin E, zinc, and selenium are all present. These important nutrients help protect sperm from harmful free radicals and help maintain the structural integrity of the sperm as they develop. Hence, the sperm being more equipped for swimming. Along with the direct health benefits, the nutrients found in nuts help assist in hormonal regulation. This helps sperm develop stronger and more resilient.
Though the new connection with nuts is the result of the study, there are plenty of other foods you can eat to help boost the health of your sperm. In fact, this study is just one of many that have highlighted certain foods as having benefits for sperm development. Other beneficial foods include antioxidant rich ones like carrots, sweet potatoes, and mangoes help make sperm healthier. Another suggests that foods high in omega-3 fatty acids like fish and certain veggies improve sperm quality.
Since nuts include both of these, it’s no wonder that they are a powerhouse for improving the quality of your sperm.
Based on NY Fertility