After vasectomy reversal please try and follow our pro-sperm diet. Itt is important to help your body produce healthy sperm by improving your diet and eating those foods most likely to benefit sperm production and health.
: The amount consumed needs to be increased. Zinc can be found in fish, chicken, pulses, pumpkin seeds, whole-grains, baked beans and eggs. Oysters are known to be a very rich source. There are medical studies that have found an association between a lack of zinc and a reduction in semen and testosterone (and many studies showing that zinc improves sperm count and motility in men originally found to be infertile). A additional daily supplement of 11mg is required and this can’t be taken in everyday diet. For example baked beans only contain 3.5mg a serving!
: Oranges, grapefruits, limes, lemons and peppers are all high in vitamin C. THis vitamin is responsible for some sperm activity and protecting the sperms’ DNA too:
Vitamin A – this helps sperm swim. The best sources are carrots, apricots, red peppers, cabbage and spinach.
Vitamin C – this makes sperm move more. The best foods high in Vitamin C are those as listed before including tomatoes and broccoli. A standard glass of orange juice contains 124 mg of vitamin C – 90mg is advised but nearly 50% more if you are a smoker.
Vitamin E – this helps sperm become more lively. Avodacos are a valuable source of this vital vitamin.
Pomegranate – A rich source of antioxidants – invaluable for all round health.
This helps improve sexual function and can be found in a range of foods: almonds, salmon and sardines.
: Science has found an association between low levels of folic acid and low sperm counts. The foods providing the highest levels of Folic acid are peas, green beans, chickpeas, bananas and asparagus. Foods with added Folic Acid such as breakfast cereals have too little to be beneficial.
: Many men who are infertile have been found to have low levels of this vital element. It is required to help the sperm mature correctly. Supplements are not reliable in providing the dietary requirements as they become unstable when in the presence of oxygen. Ensure that your diet incudes red meat, chicken, fish, dairy foods, avocado, eggs.
: It is advised that supplements are not taken instead, a variety of selenium rich foods are incorporated into your diet such as Brazil nuts, tuna and eggs.
: Medical research has found a favourable response to taking around 3 glasses of milk of 1000mg of calcium a day and combining it with 400IU of vitamin D.
Try and remove from your diet:
All types of fatty fried and sugary food: these can reduce male fertility!
Smoking: Smokers are known to have slower, weaker and more poorly formed sperm
Alcohol: A high intake of alcohol can reduce the quality and quantity of sperm
Illegal drugs: Marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines and opiates all reduce quantity and motility, and increase abnormalities in sperm. Studies have found that after stopping smoking marjuana, after a 3 month period the sperm restart to develop and mature. In other words, the effects are reversible.
High Mercury Fish: Foods such as swordfish, mackerel, tuna steak and shark contain high mercury levels which is turn is associated with high mercury levels. Focus eating omega-3 rich salmon or zinc-rich shellfish.
Heat: hot baths, saunas and steam rooms can all have a negative impact on sperm quality.
Anabolic steriods can drastically reduce fertility, possibly the complete absence of sperm. However, after stopping, sperm can reappear after 10-20 months or so.
Saw Palmetto: this acts as a testosterone blocker and so will reduce sperm production
Sexual lubricants: All including saliva except for vegetable based lubricants have a negative effect on sperm.
What we advise
Our Pro sperm diet includes the foods that have been scientifically found to be associated with healthy and improved sperm. Also, as there is a known response to heat and the deterioration of sperm, try and keep your scrotum cool. Then you will be healping yourself as much as you can to increase your chances of a positive outcome after vasectomy reversal.