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Can Eating Fruit Increase Your Sperm Count?

Medical research has shown that sperm count can be increased naturally and it is not a myth that eating certain fruits can increase the health of your sperm. However, according to the Mayo Clinic (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fertility/MC00023) three important factors come into play:

1. Quality: shaped with an oval head and a long tail

2. Quantity: at least 20 million sperm per millimeter of semen

3. Motility: the ability for the sperm to move on their own

In order to successfully increase your sperm count, all three must be improved.  Eating fruit doesn’t necessarily hit on the “quantity” aspect of healthy sperm. Fruits high in antioxidants like vitamin C (oranges, lemons, strawberries, cherries, grapefruit, kiwi, etc.) have been proven to decrease sperm clumping and thereby increase motility – allowing it to move faster – but they do not increase the sperm count. 

Vitamin A and Zinc, on the other hand, both have a positive affect on sperm quantity.  However, they are easier to come by in vegetables than they are in fruit. Vitamin A can be found in apricots and although most fruits have small traces of Zinc, the only ones with a significant amount are blackberries, raspberries and kiwi.  Unfortunately, unless you are consuming enormous amounts of these fruits/berries, eating those alone will not increase the overall health of your sperm.  But, it certainly doesn’t hurt to get your daily allowance of fruit in!

Essentially, adopting a healthy lifestyle free of alcohol, smoking and junk food and full of exercise, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and vitamin supplements are the key to increasing sperm count and ensuring healthy sperm.



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