Infertility may not always be treatable, but it can sometimes be improved by a healthy diet, supplements, and other lifestyle strategies. Male fertility usually depends on the quality of his sperm cells. A man’s infertility may depend on genetics, general health, fitness, diseases, and dietary contaminants. Some aspects of sexual function and semen quality that may affect fertility include libido, erectile dysfunction, sperm count, sperm motility, and testosterone levels. Here are a few ways to boost sperm count and increase male fertility:
D-Aspartic Acid Supplements
D-aspartic acid (D-AA) is a form of aspartic acid, a type of amino acid sold as a dietary supplement. It is mainly present in certain glands, such as the testicles, in semen, and in sperm cells. D-AA levels tend to be significantly lower in infertile men than fertile men, so these supplements may help to increase levels of testosterone. This male sex hormone plays an essential role in male fertility.
Oxidative stress is when levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) reach harmful levels in the body. This happens when the body’s antioxidant defenses are overwhelmed because of disease, old age, unhealthy lifestyle choices, or environmental pollutants. High levels of ROS may promote tissue injury and inflammation, increasing the risk of chronic disease. There is also evidence that is may lead to infertility in men. Adequate intake of Vitamin C, however, may help to counteract some of these harmful effects and even improve semen quality. Vitamin C supplements can also improve sperm count and motility.
Exercise & Minimize Stress
Exercising may raise testosterone levels in men. Studies have shown that men who exercise regularly have better semen quality and higher testosterone levels than inactive men. Too much exercise, on the other hand, may have the opposite effect and reduce testosterone levels. Men striving to have a baby should minimize stress, as stress has the potential to reduce a man’s sexual satisfaction and impair his fertility. Prolonged stress raises levels of cortisol, which has strong negative effects on testosterone.
Maca root, a popular plant food originating from central Peru, has been used for its ability to enhance libido and fertility. Several studies in men showed that taking 1.5-3 grams of dried maca root for three months improved self-reported libido.
Overall, infertility affects many men around the world. Focus on improving your lifestyle and general health, and stay positive!
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