A current review article states that, on the whole, sperm count for men in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand has declined by more than 50 percent since 1970.
This quote from a CBC article really sums up the facts:
‘… researchers from Israel, the U.S., Denmark, Spain and Brazil performed a comprehensive review of more than 7,500 studies on human sperm count, eliminating those that didn’t meet stringent criteria to ensure data consistency. With the 185 studies left, they did a meta-regression analysis — a method of making sense of multiple studies by accounting for variables to maximize the accuracy of the results.
In the end, their conclusions were based on sperm samples collected from 42,935 men around the world between 1973 and 2011. They found that over those 38 years, sperm concentration declined by 52 per cent, while total sperm count decreased by almost 60 per cent among men from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.’
Nicole Ireland, CBC News
The exact cause of low sperm count is unknown, however, seeing that there has been no decrease in sperm count in Africa, Asia or South America it is speculated that it has to do with the way we live in the West.
It is possible to naturally increase sperm count
Personally, I notice a disproportionate focus on women when it comes to fertility concerns. Of course it is important for women to prioritize health and hormone balance in the name of conception, however it is just as important for the future fathers to focus on optimal health.
All men who are trying to conceive need to work to naturally increase sperm count. This will increase chances of conception and make sure your ‘swimmers’ are in good health; effectively passing on optimal genetics and health to your baby.
6 Ways To Naturally Increase Your Sperm Count
1.Increase Testosterone- many of the foods listed in this article will naturally support testosterone. Of course low testosterone affects fertility, decreases sexual desire and increases chances of erectile dysfunction.
2. Increase Lean Muscle Mass- maintain a healthy weight and low body fat percentage for optimal testosterone. There’s no doubt that obesity contributes to low sperm content. Consume adequate amounts of lean proteins from grass-fed red meat, chicken, fish and organic whey protein to fuel your workouts.
3. Get Optimal Vitamin-D– a large study conducted in 2015 found that testosterone was significantly lower in men with low levels of vitamin-D. Supplements are useful, but naturally increasing vitamin-D with sunshine is recommended for optimal levels. Use the D-Minder App to find the ideal time for sun exposure and avoid sun damage.
4. Lower Exposure To Estrogens- we talk about this a lot a Natural Hormone Healing for women’s hormone balance and fertility but it’s just as important for men. In fact, exposure to estrogen-mimicking chemicals has been shown to decrease sperm content and may be one of the contributing factors decreased sperm count. It’s important to decrease exposure to BPA (found in canned food and plastic bottles), use natural skin care and cleaning products, and buy organic food. Download our guide for more info.
5. Detoxify Estrogen- naturally detoxify excess estrogen with foods such as citrus zest, white button mushrooms, brassicas (broccoli, kale), and goji berries. Of course you may benefit from a supplementation program to promote detoxification if you want to ensure full elimination.
6. Decrease Stress- studies find that increasing cortisol levels (your stress hormone) can decrease your testosterone
Nutritional Building Blocks For Optimal Sperm Health
Nutrition provides the building blocks your body needs to create the right hormones as well as to detoxify and remove other hormones from the body. Make sure to include the following nutrients in your diet for optimal male fertility.
Zinc studies have found that zinc levels significantly impact sperm count¹. You can get zinc from spinach, shrimp, oysters, salmon, turkey, kidney beans, flax and pumpkin seeds
Vitamin-C is an antioxidant that improves sperm motility and has been found to reduce the impact of sperm oxidative stress². Foods high in vitamin-C include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, oranges, grapefruit, red peppers and strawberries
B-12 from animal sources is shown to increase sperm count
Folic Acid is a B-vitamin that the body uses to make new, healthy sperm cells. It’s necessary to produce DNA and works to repair cells damaged by oxidative stress
Antioxidants are essential to increase sperm count, improve motility and development of normal morphology, and improves sperm function²
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega-3 fatty acid that plays a central role in sperm formation
Selenium synergizes with Vitamin-E to improve sperm motility. However, too much selenium can make you feel sick, so don’t overdo it!
L-Carnitine is an antioxidant that also improves sexual stamina by increasing your energy
Try out sperm-boosting smoothie; it’s packed with all of these male fertility superfoods!
¹ Colagar, A.H., Marsony, E.T., Chaichi, M. J. (February 2009). Zinc levels in seminal plasma are associated with sperm quality in fertile and infertile men. Nutrition Research. Volume 29, Issue 2. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0271531708002601
² Walczak-Jedrzejowska, R., Wolski, J.K., Slowikowska-Hilczer, J. (April 2013). The role of oxidative stress and antioxidants in male fertility. Central European Journal Of Urology. Volume 66, Issue 1. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3921845/