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Infertility, Male
A diet rich in antioxidants, including vitamin C and vitamin E, may be beneficial for male infertility. The essential mineral zinc is required for male reproductive health and may even enhance fertility. Lycopene is particularly concentrated in the testes and new research suggests that this tomato carotenoid may have a positive influence upon male fertility. Long touted for women during preconception and pregnancy, folate may also be associated with male fertility, according to preliminary research.

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What You Should Eat & Why

folic acid
Findings from a recent study associate low sperm counts in healthy men with reduced levels of folate.
Leading Food Sources of folic acid: Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Spinach, Avocados, Brussels sprouts, Bok choy, Cabbage, Savoy, Turkey, Beans, dried, Chick-peas, Soybeans, Lentils, Oranges, Peas, fresh

Scientists believe this carotenoid may improve sperm count and motility, particularly in men with depressed levels of lycopene.
Leading Food Sources of lycopene: Tomatoes, Grapefruit, pink, Guava

vitamin C
This antioxidant may improve sperm quality by defending against oxidative damage to sperm membranes. Low levels of vitamin C are thought to contribute to infertility.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin C: Cabbage, red, Kiwi fruit, Strawberries, Potatoes, Oranges, Tangerines & other mandarins, Peppers, bell, red

vitamin E
In addition to protecting sperm membranes against harmful free radical damage, experimental research suggests this vitamin may enhance a sperm’s ability to fertilize an egg.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin E: Broccoli, Avocados, Peanuts, Brazil nuts, Mangoes, Almonds, Sunflower seeds

Important for hormone metabolism, sperm formation, and sperm motility, zinc may also foster improved sperm quality.
Leading Food Sources of zinc: Barley, Lamb, Turkey, Oysters, Crab, Wheat, Beef, Chicken

Date Published: 05/03/2005
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