carrots and sperm healthMany of us since childhood have been told to eat our carrots because they will help us see in the dark but none of us have known the relationship between carrots and sperm health until now. Of course sperm health is a number one priority after having a vasectomy reversal.

Carrots are a rich source of beta carotenoids. These are an antioxidants, vital to help our bodies neutralise free radicals which are destructive groups of atoms caused by the process of metabolism but can damage cell membranes and our DNA.

Recently scientists have found positive associations between those that have higher quantities of fruit and vegetables that are high in carotenoids and the quality of their sperm and that carrots and other foods may have a positive impact on sperm health that was not previously appreciated.

The study  was published in Fertility and Sterility in October 2013. Scientists in the US, at Harvard University, set out to see what dietary factors affect semen volume, total sperm count, sperm concentration, total motile count and morphology.

189 healthy young men were asked to participate and eat a variety of fruit and vegetables. The team identified that those who ate higher levels of carotenoid rich fruit and vegetables were found to have statistically higher serum counts and those sperm were more motile. In fact their sperm was 6.5% more motile than men who ate the least amount of  the same foods.

The study also found that those who ate higher levels of lycopene had healthier sperm.

In all the researchers concluded that improving the quantity and quality of our diet to include more carotenoids may have a positive impact on semen quality. So carrots and sperm health are worth remembering if you are trying to conceive.

Carotenoid Rich Foods

Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Carrot and Tomato Juices, Pumpkin, Cantaloupe melon and Apricots, Spinach and Broccoli. To maximise the effectiveness of eating these foods, they need to be combined with dietary fat  to aid absorption.

Lycopene Rich Foods

Tomatoes, especially cooked tomatoes are an excellent source of lycopene with sun-dried tomatoes providing the most of all. Guavas, watermelon, grapefruit, dried parsley and basil are also rich in Lycopene and can be added to the diet in a variety of ways. Lycopene in the diet accounts for 50% of the carotenoids in human serum.19841310_s

If you want more information on diet after having a vasectomy reversal or prior to surgery, apart from carrots and sperm health, please see our Sperm Boosting Diet Tips. These will be beneficial for you after having a vasectomy reversal and if you are booked in, they will help prepare the quality of your sperm.

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