These Foods Could Prevent You From Having Children
October 27, 2014
is a widespread problem and for about one in five infertile couples the
solely in the male partner (male infertility).
An emerging body of research
suggests that what you eat has a role to play in sperm count whether
they are normally shaped (morphology), and how well they move
In fact, research shows that there
are specific fertility foods a man can add to his diet to help increase
his odds of conceiving a baby and other foods that can actually impair
Sperm count is very important because if it is not there, you’ll not be able to father a child.
Though the research is still new,
one thing is clear: The foods that may pose a threat to male fertility
are many of the same dietary culprits behind things such as Type 2
Diabetes and heart disease.
Below are some of the foods that may hurt male fertility:
Eating the wrong kind of meat could
compromise your sperm. A 2014 Harvard study showed men who consumed the
most processed meat like hamburgers, hot dogs, salami, bologna, bacon,
had 23 percent fewer normal sperm than guys who ate it sparingly. In
another 2014 study, published in the journal Epidemiology, the same
researchers found that eating processed meat was associated with lower
What you should eat instead:
The same researchers found that men who eat lots of fish have, on
average, a 51 percent higher sperm count than those who barely eat any.
Dark meat fish, like salmon or tuna, white meat fish, such as cod and
halibut had a positive effect, too.
A 2013 Human Reproduction study
showed that young guys who eat at least two servings of full-fat dairy,
especially cheese and whole milk per day tend to have fewer motile
What you should eat instead:
Rather than take the full-fat dairy, switch to the low-fat kind. Men
who consume a couple servings of low-fat dairy, especially 1% or 2% milk
per day have 33 percent higher sperm counts and more motile sperm than
those who eat little or no low-fat dairy, a 2014 study in Fertility and
Men who consumed the most pesticide
residues through produce had 64 percent fewer normal sperm and 70
percent fewer motile sperm than guys who took in the least, a study
presented at the 2014 American Society for Reproductive Medicine Annual
What you should eat instead: Organic fruits and vegetables is advisable.
According to a 2012 Brazilian study,
drinking alcohol may have a negative impact on sperm concentration and
motility. Too much alcohol intake may lead to total-body oxidative
stress, which is a key cause of male infertility, the researchers say.
What you should drink instead:
If you want to constantly sip something besides water, make it
pomegranate juice. The purple juice is a rich source of antioxidants,
like vitamin C and past research has linked a high intake of
antioxidants in men to better semen quality. Though an occasional beer
probably won’t do your body any harm.
Regularly drinking sugar-sweetened
drinks, slightly more than serving per day was linked to poorer sperm
motility in a new study. Taking sugary beverages like soda, sports
drinks, sweet tea boosts your odds of insulin resistance, which in turn
leads to oxidative stress than can damage your sperm, the scientists
What you should take instead: If you need a shot of sugar, make it the kind found in fruit not soda.