Minerals associated with enhanced male fertility

enhanced male fertilityAfter a vasectomy reversal, many men seek to do all that they can to boost their fertility. Recent research in scientific journals such as ‘Nutrition Research’ and ‘Human Reproduction’ have shown that certain vitamins and minerals can help with key aspects of enhanced male fertility, such as increasing the sperm count and improving sperm motility. Luckily, these minerals and other substances are present in common foods. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or another medical professional about changes to your diet, particularly if you are about to undergo, or have undergone, a vasectomy reversal. Make sure to check with them before you start taking any supplements too (all the substances mentioned below come in supplement form).

Here are three top fertility-optimising substances that research associates with enhanced male fertility:

1. Folate

Also known as folic acid, folate is now present by law in bread produced in the UK. As well as being helpful to the health of pregnant women, folate aids spermatogenesis (the production of sperm). It is also correlated with a lower degree of abnormal sperm. Folate deficiency is therefore something you want to avoid when you are trying to conceive!

Where can you get plenty of this B vitamin? Folate is especially present in dark, leafy green vegetables such as spinach. Asparagus and brussel sprouts are also good sources of folate. Meat eaters can get a hefty dose of folate from liver, too.

2. Zinc

Present in many different nuts and seeds, as well as in steak, zinc has several health benefits, particularly for the nervous system. Scientific research has also shown that zinc helps to boost testosterone levels, and also improves overall sperm health.

3. Selenium

Selenium is perhaps the least commonly known substance on this list. However, it has been suggested that selenium will improve your sperm’s motility (i.e. their ability to move and swim) by around 50%. It is also essential for thyroid function. Selenium is present in tuna and several other types of seafood (notably oysters). Those who are not so keen on seafood can find it in Brazil nuts and sunflower seeds.