A new study has found that eating more nuts can improve men’s sperm count.
So, what is it about nuts?
Nuts are rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, that are essential for maintaining overall health. Some of their key nutrients are: Zinc, folate, vitamin E and magnesium. As well as being beneficial for general health, these nutrients have been linked with maintaining healthy sperm count and motility. A recent study conducted an experiment over 14 weeks to assess the effect of nuts on sperm health. The participants were split into two groups. One group added 60 grams - about two handfuls - of nuts to their daily nutritional intake and the other group did not. The participants’ sperm was tested before and after the 14 weeks and the sperm of those who ate nuts,"had significant improvements in their sperm count, vitality, motility (movement) and morphology (shape)" whilst the group who did not eat nuts, did not. "Moreover, the subjects in the nut group also showed a significant reduction in their levels of sperm DNA fragmentation, a parameter closely associated with male infertility."
However, the study states that as the participants were fertile, the extent to which this will help men with fertility issues is unclear. However, it is indisputable that nuts are an incredible source of a multitude of nutrients that help keep to you healthy.
So, which nuts are best?
Almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts pack the highest levels of vitamin E, folate, zinc, selenium and omega 3 fatty acids, which are best for sperm, so these are your best bet.
Now, if you’re allergic to nuts, or just don’t like the taste, don’t worry! There are lots of other ‘superfoods’ that are great for your sperm.
Not sure where to start?
Check out our article: Superfoods for Male Fertility