New research for food that enhances fertility!


Working in the world of infertility, one thing that irks me is how all of the pressure lies on the female. When a couple is trying to conceive, I often see the women cleaning up her diet, changing her exercise plan, signing up for acupuncture sessions...basically changing her entire lifestyle. Men, on the other hand, often don't change a ton in their diet and lifestyle to make sure they are conception-ready (despite research from the Lancet stating men AND women should modify their diet and lifestyle AT LEAST three months before they try to conceive).

With 1 in 8 couples struggling with infertility, it makes sense that more research is being conducted on how to combat this epidemic. One area that is exciting to learn is that adding nuts to a man's diet enhances his fertility, specifically by increasing sperm count and improving sperm vitality, motility, and morphology (shape and size). 

The recommendation is to eat 60 gm nuts a day (about two fistfuls). reviewed this study in a recent article. Below is an excerpt of the article (and check out my quote too!) 

"This isn’t the first study to suggest that a healthy diet can have a profound impact on fertility and conception. One study indicated that men who consumed antioxidant-rich foods — such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and mangos — have healthier sperm. 

“Eating more legumes, nuts, seafood, and chicken instead of red and processed meats has been linked to enhanced fertility in men,” Lauren Manaker, a registered dietitian and founder of the virtual counseling service Nutrition Now, told Healthline.

“Men should focus on eating a well-balanced diet high in fruits and vegetables (organic if that is an option), and low in trans fats and processed food. Sodas should be avoided, as soda is linked to poor fertility,” Manaker added." 

Check out the full article here!