It’s no secret that eating your recommended DAILY intake of fruits and vegetables has amazing health benefits. What some of us may not know is that eating antioxidant and vitamin-rich fruits may help improve his sperm count and motility.
Antioxidants – Studies have shown that antioxidants may reduce the amount of oxidative DNA damage to our reproductive cells. Oxidative DNA damage is caused by oxidative stress and is to blame for some unexplained subfertility issues such as low sperm count (Oligospermia). A fairly recent study reported a statistically significant increase in pregnancy success rate in the participants taking antioxidant supplements compared to the control group. You can find the study here – OXIDATIVE DNA STUDY.
Vitamin C – The Cleveland Clinic reviewed current literature on the effects of antioxidants on male fertility; the ability to improve fertilization and pregnancy rates. The results of all the research reviewed showed that Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Carnitines have successfully shown to be effective to augment “first-step” treatments. They did call out in the paper that further research is needed to fully determine efficacy.
To read the full white paper on the results, CLEVELAND CLINIC STUDY.
So what foods are rich in antioxidants?
Berries for fertility! Blueberries (a “superfood”), blackberries, raspberries, strawberries! Put them in smoothies, on top of salads or baked into some of your other favorite recipes. There are many ways to sneak these fruits into your diet! One of my favorite smoothie recipes includes: 1/4 c. each of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries, 6 oz. of skim-milk, 1/2 c. of spinach (another superfood and trust me, with all the great berries in this, you barely notice the greens) and 1 tbsp. of peanut butter (natural) all blended together for a powerful punch of antioxidants and vitamins!
Other foods rich in antioxidants according to WEBMD – Kidney beans, red beans, artichokes, plums, pecan, black cherries.