Whole Foods and Male Fertility

Male and female infertility can be difficult health conditions to face as a couple.  Our focus in this post is male fertility. It is interesting to see how food and nutrition can play an important role in male fertility.

At an American Society for Reproductive Medicine meeting, new research revealed that eating more fruits and vegetables can help men boost their fertility. These findings indicate that the more produce a man consumes, the healthier his sperm will be.  In a study group of infertile men, 83 percent of them were found to be eating less than five servings of fruits and veggies a day. Overall, the men who ate the fewest fruits and veggies had the lowest sperm motility. 

"We think that sperm quality is affected by dietary antioxidant intake," said study author Dr. Vivian Lewis, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y.  "Antioxidants, like those found in fruits and vegetables, may help prevent damage to sperm that causes them to become sluggish and lose the ability to fertilize an egg".

In particular, the antioxidants glutathione and cryptoxanthin, which are prevalent in brightly colored produce such as leafy greens, tomatoes, peppers and oranges, were associated with strong, healthy sperm, Lewis said. 

She recommended that men hoping to father children eat "a variety of fruits and vegetables, at least five servings a day."

Modern day research continues to confirm what the ancients knew.  Focus on giving your body what it needs - it knows how to do the rest.

Updated 11/5/18


  1. Great post regarding male fertility. Does food effect male fertility?

    1. Yes, as the article indicates, it does, what we feed ourselves is most important to all aspects of health.



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