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Best Food To Increase Sperm Volume, Motility and Libido

These are the top recommended food that men can have to increase their sperm counts/volume, motility (ie. the ability of sperm to swim toward an egg) and libido (ie. men’s desire to have sex) :

1.Oysters

oysterThe one significant mineral contained in oysters is zinc. Zinc can improve testosterone level in men and sperm volume. When the testosterone level is increased, men’s libido will also increase and will have greater chance of conceiving.

 

 

 

 

 

2.Eggs

Eggs can prevent harmful effects of free radicals. These free radicals’ effect can kill the sperms if not prevented.  Eggs also contain Vitamin E and high in protein, which can improve sperm’s health.

 

 

 

 

3.Banana

Banana contains high Vitamin B and Bromelain enzyme. This enzyme called Bromelain has important role in improving libido in men. The vitamin B can also increase stamina for men who are willing to conceive.

 

 

 

 

4. Scallop

Scallop has more than 80 % of protein and they are also high in magnesium and potassium. Three ounces provide 20 grams of protein and 95 calories. This means that men can have more energy and stamina.

It also contains zinc, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium and other trace minerals; fat-soluble vitamins A and D.

 

 

5. Asparagus

asparagusAsparagus is a rich source of Vitamin C and is also best food to be consumed if men want to increase their sperm volume. The vitamin C will protect men from free radicals, which means it will keep the sperm in best condition.

 

 

 

 

 

6.Raddish/Maca

macaMaca is one of the oldest superfoods and also called “miracle” food. The reason being is because it packed with 55 phyto-chemical, which include Vitamin C, Vitamins B1, B2, B12. Not only that, it has plenty of benefits in this herb too, such as increase sperm volume and libido, increase energy, reduces stress, enhances memory, boost immune system,  improve pancreas’ functionality, fast natural wound healing and fight infections/disease. It also helps with balancing hormones both estrogen and progesterone, which means will help couple to conceive naturally.

 

 

 

 

7. Prawns

Prawns are one of good food that has plenty of benefits for male fertility. According to chinese medicine, prawns can increase sexual libido and improve kidney’s health. It can also clear blood vessels and warm the meridians.

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8.Spinach

Spinach is important in men’s fertility because it contains rich source of folic acid. This means that it will help sperms from having distorted shapes. If men have low in folic acid, their sperms can also have abnormalities. The impact is that these sperms may not be able to fertilize eggs and if they can, there is a high chance of birth defects.

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9. Lamb

Lamb is one of the best food to increase sexual libido in men. It is best to grill lamb for healthier option to reduce cholesterol. Lamb is also a good source of omega 3, zinc, Vitamin B12, Selenium, Vitamin B3, Phosphorous and iron.

Almost 40% of fat in lamb contain “oleic acid”, its role is to reduce the risk of heart disease.

 

 

 

10. Capsicum

 It is a must food that male need as this has anti-cancer properties, meaning it can prevent prostate cancer. Capsicum also contains 3 times higher Vitamin C than orange. Not only that, capsicum can boost hair growth and immune system. It can also lower macular degeneration and maintain healthy vision.

 

 

 

11.Carrot

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The most important nutrient in Carrot for sperms’ motility and volume is Vitamin A. This nutrient will increase sperm volume as well as motility. Other alternatives of food include, oatmeal, dried apricots or red bell peppers. According report by journal Fertility and Sterility, “carrots were found to improve sperm performance by between 6.5 and 8 per cent”.

 

 

 

 

12.Garlic

Garlic contains compound called allicin, which can enhance blood flow to male sexual organs. Hence increasing sperm counts as well as semen volume. Not only that, garlic is also potent aphrodisiac that can increase men libido. In addition, raw garlic can also help cure lung infection.

Roasted garlic has antioxidants to fight free radicals in the body, which means that it will help protect your body from damage.

 

 

13. Gojiberries

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Gojiberries helps to improve body mood and stamina. The unique functions of gojiberries include setting the temperature in scrotum at optimal level. As a result, this will promote sperm production and increase sperms volume and motility.

 

 

 

 

14. Lobster

Lobster contains Vitamin B 12, Omega-3 fatty acids, copper, selenium, zinc, phosphorus,  magnesium and vitamin E. It is a potent aphrodisiac food, which means it can boost sexual libido. It is rich in protein and therefore improve men’s health and is important for optimal function of sexual organs.

 

 

 

 

15.Walnuts

walnutWalnuts has omega-3 fatty acids, which can improve blood flow to the male congenital organs and also increase sperm count, motility and libido. More research has been shown that Walnuts can nourish brain and improve immune system. Therefore, this will improve the chance of conception.

 

 

 

 

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16.Pumpkin seeds

This too contains essential fatty acids that can improve blood flow to male congenital organs. Not only that, pumpkin seeds consists of phytosterols that can increase sperm count and semen quality.

 

 

 

17. Celery

This can be eaten as a soup or juice and can also be eaten raw as a healthy snack. Celery is packed with essential nutrients such as adrostenol and androsterone, which serves as sexual attractant when ingested. It can also improve men’s libido for great sex and enhance the chance of conception.

 

 

 

18. Mussel

 Mussel is also rich in protein,manganese, iron, selenium and zinc–all essential for boosting men’s immune system. It is also an aphrodisiac food that can increase libido in men.

According to research in 2005, a group of Italian and American scientists found that amino acids found in scallops have the potential to raise sexual hormone levels.

 

 

19.Avocado

Avocado packed with minerals and vitamins such as; Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Folate, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Copper, Iron, Zinc and Vitamin E. Not only it is good for skin and high in antioxidant, it is also potent aphrodisiac that can boost men libido and increase sperm volume.  It also contains with soluble fiber, which can feed the good bacteria in the intestine to achieve optimal body function.

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20. Seaweed/Sea vegetables

Sea vegetables is rich in vitamins and minerals such as iodine, vanadium, B Vitamins, Vitamin C and Vitamin A.  It is also potent aphrodisiac due to Vitamin B1 and B2 and as a results it can increase libido and improve sperm volume.  Other benefits include lowering your cholesterol, fight constipation, solve mineral deficiencies and balancing thyroid function.

 

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Tips of healthy food intake for couple prior to conception

It is important for couples who want to conceive to take a closer look on their eating habit. This will have great impact on how soon they can conceive. We have listed for you the top five recommended food for couple who want to conceive faster.

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1. High Quality Proteins Food

The research found that couple who consumes more carbs, are less likely to conceive than those who have high intake of proteins. By eating 25% more protein and 40% less carbohydrate daily, a couple can double their pregnancy rates. These food include white eggs, fish high in omega 3 (ie. salmon) and chicken.

The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA)is 0.8 grams per kilogram (0.36 grams per pound) of body weight per day. It is around 46 grams of protein for an average woman.

For vegetarians, you can consume legumes, beans or soy products.

2. High in Folic Acid

Folic acid is the most significant vitamin that the couple needs in order to nourish the baby’s brain. The first trimester is very important to take folic acid supplements for the development of the embryo’s brain. Folic acid is a type B vitamin that normally found in food such as; asparagus, oranges, peas, dried beans, spinach and broccoli.

The amount that you should be taking is between 400-600 mg of folic acid daily before pregnancy and around 800mg during pregnancy to minimise birth defects.

3. High in Omega 3 Fatty Acid

The recommended intake for a couple is 1000-2000 mg of omega 3 fatty acids daily. This include, two tablespoons of Chia seeds, 85 gram of fish, especially Salmon or 2 tablespoons of walnut.

Vegetables4. Fruits and Vegetables

Eating fruits and vegetables are highly recommended if you want to get pregnant faster.

These are recommended fruits/vegetables:

  • Avocado: Heart health powerhouse, filled with fibre, B vitamins, Vitamin C, high in good fats and potassium
  • Blueberries: High in antioxidant, fibre and vitamin C. The antioxidants will help control cholesterol levels and increase your immune system. Good source of vitamins.
  • Almonds: Rich in monounsaturated fats that can protect your heart. Rich source of antioxidants as well as fibre.
  • Asparagus: Consist of plenty of vitamins include, folic acid, vitamin C, fibre and potassium. The potassium helps regulating heart function and controlling blood pressure. The Vitamin C and folic acid assist in preventing heart disease.
  • Broccoli: Contains sulforaphane and high source of vitamin A, vitamin C, co-enzyme Q10 and fiber. The sulforaphane will play defense mechanism and can reduce inflammation as well as protecting arteries from disease and damage. Co-enzyme Q10 will improve heart muscle and strength.
  • Orange: It contains flavanones, vitamin C, B vitamins and antioxidants. The falvanones can lower bad cholesterol. It can improve women’s immune system
  • Spinach: It consists of Co-enzyme Q10, fiber, antioxidants and folic acid.

dairy-food     5.  Full fat diary

According to research, people who consume full fat dairy are no more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than those who consume low fat ones. The full fat dairy foods consist of estrogen and progesterone (ie. female hormones). By removing the fat, the only hormones that are left are androgens (ie. male hormones). As a consequence, the ovulation is impaired. Therefore, it is important to consume full fat dairy foods for women who try to conceive as this will impact their natural fertility level.

Here are the recommended example of full fat dairy foods:

  • Whole milk
  • 4% yoghurt
  • Grass fed beef
  • Natural peanut butter
  • Whole eggs
  • Olive Oil
  • Coconut
  • Avocado
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Salmon
  • Almond
  • Tuna
  • Cheese
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New Way Approaching Menopause symptoms VS HRT Treatment

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Menopause symptoms?

Menopause is a condition where woman’s menstrual period stop and she is unable to get pregnant naturally. There are some symptoms that women need to watch out for before they experience menopause. The average age of women who have menopause is around 50 years old (this may be vary).

When hormones of estrogen and progesterone starts to drop due to menopause, women will experience the following signs:

  • Hot flushes / Night sweats
  • Mood changes
  • Thirsty
  • Low sex drive / Vaginal dryness
  • Thinning hair and slower metabolism
  • Insomnia / Nightmares Etc.

Hot flushes can produce very inconvenience feeling of intense heat and in some cases can disrupt their pattern of sleeps.

It is still possible for women to conceive although there may be irregular menstruation. It is common thing to have skipped periods during peri-menopause. However, it is also necessary to check whether or not you are pregnant when you have skipped your period.

During the transition from peri-menopause to menopause it is recommended for women to have regular visits to doctor. The doctor will often suggest you to have screenings such as mammography, lipid, thyroid testing or colonoscopy.

What is HRT?

HRT is Hormone Replacement Treatment is a treatment used to augment body’s hormone level, either estrogen therapy or progesterone therapy.  This HRT is usually for women who undergo stage of menopause where the level of estrogen and progesterone drop significantly.  HRT is usually recommended to those who have menopause symptom in late 40.

However, the use of HRT has changed significantly when a large clinical trial found that it actually posed more health risks than benefits for one type of hormone therapy, especially for older postmenopausal women. As there is health hazards about HRT, doctors try to avoid prescribe this to patients. Dr Christine advises that using acupuncture is more natural way in eliminating menopause symptoms.

Menopause dietary advise

  1. Take supplements of Vitamin E, Zinc, magnesium, Vitamin D and calcium. These nutrients can prevent dry skin and normalise hormone levels
  2. Eat rich protein foods such as Turkey, cottage cheese, legumes and oats.
  3. Take calcium as your supplement and try avoid food that are high in phosphorous; which you can find in red meat.
  4. Reduce caffeine, sodium and alcohol
  5. Increase your vegetables, fruits and yogurt consumption. This food is good for your bones.
  6. Soya milk, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, tempeh, tofu, green beens and celery. These foods are high in phyto-oestrogens, which going to help you ease the hot flushes.
  7. Try to eat at least two servings of fish per week, preferably salmon or trout. If this is hard for you, take fish oil daily will help reducing heart disease risk.

How Acupuncture can assist in balancing the hormones and rejuvenating internal organ such as kidney, liver and spleen

Acupuncture with conjunction of Chinese medicine can reduce or eliminate all of symptoms in most of the cases. This treatment has been proved to relieve from mood changes and hot flushes among women who experience menopause.

According to study from journal Acupuncture in Medicine, Turkish researchers investigated 53 menopausal women. Twenty seven women received acupuncture twice a week for ten weeks. The result said that these women have reduced hot flushes significantly because it stabilises the body’s temperature.

Another study from Norway also reported that there is reduced intensity of hot flushes by night and by day with those women who received acupuncture for 12 weeks.

The third study done in larger scale by Prof. Avis and colleagues, with 209 women aged 45-60 who stopped their period for at least 3 months. They received 6 months of acupuncture treatment; the result proved that 36.7 % of them had fewer hot flashes per day compared to before treatment.

Therefore, acupuncture is highly recommended for those who experience menopause and is worth a try especially if you are not willing to get HRT treatment.

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Endometriosis Diet

green dietPainful menstruation could be the symptom of Endometriosis.  Endometriosis is a disorder where endometrium found outside the uterus instead of inside.  It could also lead to infertility issues for those couple who want to conceive. However, the symptoms can be eliminated by having the right diet and healthy lifestyle.

According to research, women with high intake in beef/red meat (ie. every day), most likely to have endometriosis than those who take fruits every day.  Other studies find similar connection between endometrial cancer/fibroids with these eating patterns. Women who ate beef everyday have twice as likely to have endometriosis than those who don’t.

The research also shown that women, who exercise regularly, will have less endometriosis than those who have low activity density. The result shown that women with average of 2.5 hours of high intensity activity such as cycling or jogging were 63% less likely to have endometriosis.

Dietary fat influences production of prostaglandins could lead to higher production of progesterone, which can influence the growth of endometrial tissue. Prostaglandin is chemical that stimulate uterine contractions and influence ovarian functioning. The painful menstruation is actually due to high level of prostaglandins in your body as well as symptoms of endometriosis. It is very important to change your diet to balance the hormones.

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As mentioned earlier, we need to change our diet in order to alter or to balance the hormone of prostaglandins in your body.  The good oils, which are in omega-3 fatty oil group, could lead to good prostaglandin production. Therefore consumption of the following is essential:

  • Oily fish
  • Spinach or other dark green leafy veg
  • Walnut oil
  • Pumpkin seeds

Secondly, increasing fibre intake in your diet can also reduce symptoms of endometriosis.  These foods include:

  • Brown rice
  • Vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, cabbage
  • Whole grains
  • Oatmeal
  • Beans
  • Fruits
  • Mustard green

Last but not least you can also focus on reducing inflammatory foods such as: Sugar, red meat, fried food, processed food, alcohol and dairy products , food with high saturated fats/oils, eggs, cakes and chocolate.

It is also recommended to take vitamin and mineral supplements as these are best source of balanced diet and many of our todays food lack of essential elements. The vitamins that are best to eliminate symptoms of endometriosis include the following:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Calcium
  • Selenium

In conclusion the best diet to eliminate symptoms of endometriosis include plant based diet, lesser red meat intake, more fruits and vegetables,  focus on reducing inflammatory food and taking vitamins and mineral supplements.  It is highly recommended to do regular exercise up to three times a week as well to improve your wellbeing. From our clinic experiences, we can have maximum results by having healthy diet in conjunction with acupuncture to eliminate the pain of endometriosis and increasing the chance of conception.

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Healthy Life Starts with the Basic – FOOD

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Healthy apple

Today’s lifestyle has a significant effect on our food consumption, which can impact our healthiness and hence fertility level as well. Modern people like to order fast food or frozen food that has been pre-made by someone else. These foods do not contain sufficient nutrients for our body and therefore will have a bad impact upon our health.

Nutrients in food

First of all we need to know the definition of nutrient and why it is important for our body.  Nutrient is the substances in food that provides nourishment essential for maintenance of life and growth.

There are two different categories of nutrients; they are including macro nutrients and micro nutrients. Macronutrients include: protein, carbohydrates and fats. Micronutrients include vitamins and minerals. Nowadyas there are plenty of food that is low in nutrients. These foods usually provide you with many kilojoules (Kj) to makes you full of energy but it void of the other essential nutrients that your body need to function. Hence, it will provide poor nourishment that is essential for maintenance of life and growth.

Super foods that enhance fertility for couple

So what are the kinds of food/nutrients that couple who try to conceive need to look for? Here are some of the foods that enhance your fertility level:

  • Green vegetables: this include spinach, lettuce, silverbeet, bok choy, kai lan, etc. They are full of nutrients such as folic acid, Vitamin C and fibre. It is important for couple who try to conceive as well as pregnant women. Folic acid is essential nutrient for brain’s development of the embryo.
  • Eggs: Select free range eggs or organic eggs because it contains protein, zinc, B12, Vitamin D, selenium and phosphorus. It contains cholesterol but you need this as part of your healthy diet. The recommended intake during pregnancy is 3-4 serves a day, whereas for adult is 1-3 serves a day.
  • Blueberries: this fruit provide source of vitamin C, fibre, vitamin K and manganese. Since they are low in GI, it is good for those who try to lose weight. Not only that, it is also great for women with PCOS.
  • Salmon: it contains rich source of omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B, Vitamin B12, protein and selenium. This food also recommended for couple who try to conceive.
  • Yoghurt: It contains good source of good bacteria for optimal absorption of nutrients in the gut. It will also improve your immune system, which is significant for pregnant women and those who try to conceive.
  • LSA: it is a combination of sunflower seeds, ground linseeds and almonds. It contains source of protein, omega-3 fats, zinc, magnesium and calcium. It is recommended to add one spoonful of LSA to your cereals, yoghurt, muffin or smoothies.
  • Seaweed: It provides the body with nutrients such as antioxidant, zinc, B vitamins, iodine and iron. These nutrients will improve your body to function properly as it will boost your immune system and improve energy levels.
  • Quinoa: It contains essential nutrients such as magnesium, vitamin E, iron, B vitamins and calcium.
  • Black rice: it is great source of antioxidants called anthocyanins, which are also found in blueberries. Antioxidants are essential to neutralise free radicals in body, which can cause chronic disease such as cancer and also damage to cells in our body. Therefore, eating food with antioxidants is really good for those who try to conceive.

Apart from having these super foods, having regular acupuncture and exercise such as Yoga also significant in improving your overall well-being. Hence, promotes the body to be more fertile for couple who would like to conceive.

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Discover more about employing the benefits of IVF acupuncture and Chinese medicine for fertility in Melbourne by contacting our team today. Our treatment clinic’s range of services and treatment options are designed to address all fertility issues in a gentle and natural way. Make an appointment by calling (03) 9820 8651 or email info@medccc.com and we will be happy to discuss your requirements and arrange a consultation.

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How lifestyle can impact male infertility

Man Holding Up an InfantHow lifestyle can impact male infertility

It has been known for centuries that women always blamed for the cause of infertility that happened in couple.  However, did you know that male factor happens to be solely responsible for 50 % of the infertility cases? Therefore, it is important for both couple who try to conceive to put effort in maintaining a healthy lifestyle in order for them to succeed.

Apart from having a regular acupuncture in order to increase the sperms counts as well as to improve quality of sperms, it is equally important for male to guard their lifestyle. Healthy lifestyle can increase the sperms count and hence enhancing the chance for couple to conceive.

First of all, we need to clarify some of the jargon that we will discuss in this article.  They are as follows:

Sperm count is a measure of the number of sperms per ejaculation, used as an indication of a man’s fertility. The higher number of course the better, and hence increase fertility.

Sperm motility is an important part of semen analysis in order to check how fast the sperms are swimming.  The faster would be the better sperms and increase fertility.

Sperm morphology is percentage of sperms that appear to have normal shape. This means that the sperm is not abnormal such as having misshapen head or crooked or double tail.

So what is the connection between male lifestyle and the sperm counts, motility and morphology.

Destructive lifestyle can lead to unhealthy body and therefore reducing the sperms counts, motility and morphology in men. Hence, the male fertility can also be affected, resulting in low level of testosterone and difficult for couple to conceive. The reason why sperm counts are low is because of the following:

  • Stress. It is important to keep a low stress level, as stress can produce toxic to male hormone; which will reduce the sperm counts and fertility level.
  • Alcohol
  • Overweight / Obesity
  • Zinc deficiency
  • Liver dysfunction
  • Smoking

 

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It is also recommended for men to consider taking supplements/food that can improve male fertility :

  1. Folate and Vitamin B12
  2. Zinc
  3. Vitamin C
  4. Coenzyme Q10
  5. L-Carntine
  6. Omega 3
  7. Arginine deficiency, which can cause low sperm count and motility. Foods that are rich in arginine include shellfish, spinach, turkey and seeds.
  8. Vitamin E
  9. Lycopene can
  10. Soy foods
  11. Thyroid function
  12. Coenzyme Q10

In conclusion, healthy parents will produce healthy babies and therefore It is important for both parent to take participate in conceiving.

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Top 11 Fertility Superfoods

 

1. Asparagus. It contains folic acid. It is always strongly recommended for women who try to conceive to consume folic acid supplements. According to study, it can reduce the risk of ovulatory failure.

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2. Banana. It contains Vitamin B6 and folic acid. Apparently by consuming bananas, women will have more regular menstruation as it can aid in regulating the hormones. Hence, lead to healthy eggs and good sperm development.

3. Mussels . It contains B12 , which can help strengthening the endometrium lining in egg fertilisation. Hence, decreasing the risk of miscarriage in women.

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4. Egg. It contains Vitamin D, Phosphorus, Selenium, B12, Zinc. It is significant to have Vitamin D for those who try to conceive. According to study at Yale University, there was 93% women who are infertile has insufficient Vitamin D levels.

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5. Lemon or Lime. It contains Vitamin C. Not only it is good for your body (ie. Improving your health), but it is proven that it can enhance sperm count and motility (their ability to move properly towards an egg). Other advantage, it also has antioxidant and helps women in balancing their hormone. Source: Huffington Post

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6. Pumpkin seeds. It contains Iron. According to Hethir Rodriguez (President and Founder for the Natural Fertility), “Studies have shown that women who do not get sufficient amounts of iron may suffer lack of ovulation and possibly poor egg health, which can inhibit pregnancy at a rate 60% higher than those with sufficient iron stores in their blood.”  Zinc is essential nutrient for both men and women because it can effect baby’s growth and development as well as sperm’s health

 

7. Salmon. It contains Selenium. It has antioxidants that helps protect sperms and eggs from free radicals. Hence, prevent miscarriage and enable sperms to be more fertile.

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8. Spinach. It contains Zinc. It improves the level of oestrogen and progesterone. This also means that it can increase the level of sperms as well as increase the chance of conceiving in women.

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9. Mackerel. It contains Fatty acids. It helps sperm to mature properly, meaning it impacts the health of the sperms.

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10. Almonds and Avocado. It contains Vitamin E . This nutrient cannot be produced by the body, therefore it is important to consume food that contains vitamin E or supplements. It contains alpha-tocopherol which means “to bear children”, if translated literally from Greek words. Vitamin E is essential to improve eggs and sperms health.

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11. Carrots . It contains Beta-carotene, antioxidants and Vitamin A. The study from Harvard University investigated that out of 200 men who were eating healthy diet especially yellow and orange food were found make their sperms stronger.  In conclusion, study found that most of  yellow and orange-coloured fruit and vegetables improved men’s fertility, but the carrot produced the best all-round results. According to Report from journal Fertility and Sterility,  “Carrot improved sperm performance by between 6.5 and 8 per cent.” Clearly Carrot plays important role in men and women who try to have a baby. Source : Dailymail uk

 

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