The inability of couples to have children despite one year of regular intercourse without any contraception is considered infertility. When the causes of infertility are examined, it is seen that half of the problem originates from men. It is determined that most of the couples who have male-related problems have sperm production but cannot have a baby because their parameters are below the average. Avoiding harmful habits such as smoking and alcohol is among the general recommendations for all men who want to become a father, but additional supplements are needed to increase the chance of paternity in this process. Embryologist Abdullah Arslan, who stated that nutritional recommendations are also being researched, made the following statements; “A balanced diet with appropriate foods is of great importance for the continuation of healthy generations as well as for the health of the body. Men who want to be fathers but whose sperm values are at the limit also often turn to herbal resources in order to increase their chances of becoming a father.”
Can we get help from nature?
In cases of male origin, sperm motility and morphological problems have an important place. This situation occurs during sperm production and sometimes due to oxidant substances that are toxic to sperm released from the male body's own cells. In many plants and vegetables that we can find almost everywhere, there are anti-oxidant substances that eliminate the effect of these oxidant substances, substances that regulate sperm movement and are used as an energy source, and elements and vitamins that play a role in sperm development and production, albeit in trace amounts. Embryologist Abdullah Arslan, who emphasized that there are some plants that have been known for years to increase sperm quality, as well as plants that are allowed to be used as their contents are revealed scientifically in recent years, explained those plants;
Carob: It has been used for centuries to increase sexual potency in men. It contains vitamins and zinc that increase the activity of enzymes that interact with sperm and eggs. Zinc is one of the most important anti-oxidant substances.
Citrus: Vitamin contents usually have an effect on the genetics of sperm. Vitamin C, which is commonly found in citrus fruits, contributes to sperm DNA damage repair.
Tomatoes and Potatoes: Vitamin E protects the sperm from oxidative stress and increases their motility, as well as increasing the rate of penetration into the egg. Vitamin E is commonly found in tomatoes, nuts, potatoes and fish oil.
Ginger, cauliflower, spinach: It is among the plants that are especially recommended to be consumed in terms of the zinc it contains. In particular, ginger is known to increase sperm count and speed. Cauliflower consumption is important because it contains vitamin B6. Besides cauliflower, B6 is found in spinach, watercress, bananas, okra, onions, broccoli, zucchini, kale, peas and radishes.
Iron thistle and Fenugreek: Commonly found in our country, especially in eastern provinces, the herb contributes to sperm production by affecting the hormonal mechanism. However, the "Iron thistle" plant, which is widely used in Indian medicine, has an increasing effect on testosterone, both increasing sexual desire and benefiting sperm production through testosterone.
Pumpkin and sunflower seeds: They are rich in trace elements such as zinc and selenium, antioxidants and L'arginine. It increases the sperm movement and number. Zinc and selenium are also found in seafood, milk, almonds and walnuts. In those with protein deficiency, the absorption of zinc and selenium from the intestines is reduced.
Stay away from them!
Arslan reminded that there are foods that are harmful to sperm quality as well as foods that affect sperm parameters negatively, from processed meat products, delicatessen products such as sausage, salami, whole milk, cream, butter and full-fat cheese, the chemical called isoflavone in its content, the female hormone. He also said that they recommend avoiding soy as it creates an effect similar to estrogen and negatively affects sperm volume (amount), sperm count, motility and quality.