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Nuts may boost sperm health

Here’s what to know about a healthy diet for fertility.

HealthLine – In the past 40 years, sperm counts among men have dropped nearly 52 percent. Experts are pointing fingers at the pollution, smoking, and diet. However, a new study has revealed that eating nuts could provide men with a much-needed fertility boost.

What you eat can affect your sperm

University researchers in Spain teamed up with 119 men between the ages of 18 and 35 and divided them into two groups:

  • The first group made no changes to how they ate and stuck to their normal Western-style diet.
  • The second group added 60 grams of nuts — which is about two handfuls — to their diet.

The group that ate walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts saw a 16 percent increase in sperm count along with notable improvements in sperm quality. In other words, their sperm was better equipped to make the long swim north.

What is it about nuts?

Almonds, walnuts, and hazelnuts are packed with nutrients that have been previously linked to healthier sperm — such as omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and antioxidants like vitamin E, zinc, and selenium. These sperm-friendly nutrients also assist in hormone regulation, which is essential for the development of strong, healthy sperm.

What else can you eat for healthier sperm?

If you’re looking to boost fertility, Manaker recommends trying out the Mediterranean or Dutch diet. Both include plenty of vegetables, fruit, seafood, poultry, whole grains, legumes, and monounsaturated fats — all of which can help boost semen quality and fertility.

A healthier lifestyle matters, too

“As a good rule of thumb, what’s good for your heart is good for your sperm,” Greg J. Sommer, co-founder of the male fertility app Trak, mentioned.

Read the full story at HealthLine.