Between 10 and 20% of
couples are infertile - that is they are unable to conceive
after one year of unprotected sexual intercourse. It
is estimated that in about 40% of cases the problem is sperm
a healthy, well balanced diet. Avoid animal fats,
sugar, junk foods and fried foods.
and avoid cigarette smoke - there are toxins in
cigarette smoke that cause abnormalities in sperm
alcohol. Alcohol decreases the body's ability to
produce the male hormone, testosterone. It also can
effect sexual function.
Stay out of
hot tubs and saunas, and avoid vigorous exercise as
these can reduce sperm count. One study also showed
that vigorous exercise may reduce the production of a
hormone that is directly involved with fertility,
potency & sex drive.
tight-fitting underwear and pants. The testicles need
to be at the correct temperature to keep sperm healthy
Stress is well known as an excellent contraceptive.
& mineral supplement - a good place to
start to ensure adequate nutrition.
1000mg daily - keeps sperm healthy and mobile (see
helps to increase sperm count
400 - 800 IU daily - Needed for the balanced
production of hormones
daily - Aids in prostate gland function
and Vitamin C
For conception to
occur it is necessary that a man's sperm be healthy. If the
sperm move slowly or clump together then the chance of a
pregnancy is greatly reduced.
Men who smoke are
particularly at risk, as toxic chemicals from cigarette smoke
gets into their sperm reducing the sperm count and increasing
Studies have shown that
these problems can be helped by increasing Vitamin C intake.
A study at the
University of Texas showed that giving men 500 mg of Vitamin C
twice daily reduced the number of sperm that clumped together
from over 20% to less than 11%. It was also found that Vitamin C
neutralized the damaging effects caused by the toxic chemicals
improvements were seen in men who took 1000 mg of Vitamin C
daily for at least one month. To get this amount from diet alone
would be very difficult, so some doctors feel that supplements
are a good idea. However it is still best to increase your
intake of foods that are rich in Vitamin C as well.
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