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Diet Can Improve Fertility in Men

A recent study from Harvard Medical School found that men with higher saturated fat diets had lower sperm counts and slower moving sperm, indicating a strong connection between diet and fertility. When it comes to conceiving a baby, diet and lifestyle are just as important for men as for women.

For those having difficulty conceiving, consider looking at eating habits and the fat in the diet. Reducing fat can be accomplished by eating less red meat and choosing leaner protein such as fish, skinless chicken and turkey or lean cuts of pork. It helps to avoid fried foods and include more beans, nuts and seeds in the diet. Three servings of low fat or fat free dairy products can also be selected to provide protein, calcium, vitamin D and potassium, all things that help the body function well.

Studies have also shown men who had higher amounts of omega 3 fatty acids in their diet had higher sperm counts and healthier sperm. To achieve this, replace saturated fats with healthy fats, roast vegetables in extra-virgin olive oil, add avocado to sandwiches and snack on walnuts or almonds each day.

Jane Grant is a registered dietician, a certified health coach, and owner of Grant’s Nutrition and Wellness. For more information, call 860-357-2282.

 

 

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