Healthier Diet Means Stronger Sperm

For years, most people believe in the saying that you are what you eat.

Now, a new study this proverb might even extend in the strengthening and producing more sperm.

The performance stems from a pair of studies lined up for presentation Monday at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine yearly meeting in Orlando, Fla., both of which emphasize an apparent linkage between nutrition and semen condition.

It is believe that a diet rich in red meat and processed grains appear to impair the ability of sperm in moving about, whereas diets high in trans fats seems to lower the amount of sperm count available in semen.

Doctoral candidate in Harvard School of Public Health’s department of nutrition in Boston, Audrey J. Gaskins, believe that the main overall conclusion of their work is that a healthy diet appears to be beneficial for semen quality.

Specifically, a healthy diet means the person eat plenty of fish, fresh fruit, whole grains, legumes and vegetables appear in improving sperm motility, meaning higher number of sperm, in fact,  wriggles rather than sit still.

Gaskin’s conclusions got based on working with 188 men between the ages of 18 and 22, comes from Rochester. Food surveys  fulfilled, and participant diets  classified as being either “Western” in content (including red meat, refined carbs, sweets and energy drinks) or alleged “Prudent” (composed of fish, fruit, vegetables, legumes and whole grains).

Semen tests then carried out in assessing sperm movement, concentration and shape.

Although diet appeared to have no impact on either sperm shape or number, motility got influenced, with “Western” diets associated to reduced movement, even after accounting for factors that include race, smoking history and body-mass index (BMI).

Gaskins highlighted, yet, that more work needed in better understanding exactly how nutrition can have an effect on sperm.

Gaskin noted that the study is just small.  They are not sure about the other things that trigger them in having worse motility.  They are not sure if nutrition has something to do with the change.   Currently, all they can say is that there is a connection between nutrition and sperm quality.

On a comparable front, a second study led by Dr. Jorge Chavarro, an assistant professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, unveiled that  revealed that people who have a diet rich in relatively high amount of trans fat had lower sperm strength levels.

The conclusion got drawn from over 100 participants in the study.  All the participants have undergone a nutritional and semen quality examination.