8 foods your husband should eat if you’re trying for a baby

Fertility in men is a common problem, but it's possible to work on it with the help of some foods. If you're trying to have a baby, then these eight foods should definitely be included in your man's diet.

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1. Pucker Up For Vitamin C-Rich Foods

Protect your sperm with some help from the vitamin C in bell peppers, oranges, cauliflower, kale, broccoli, or papaya. The key is to consume them raw if possible (or lightly cooked) to avoid loss of the protective effects of the vitamin. Vitamin C helps prevent oxidative damage to the sperm cells. It can even offer protection from sperm clumping due to oxidative damage and help replace the antioxidants depleted by cigarette smoke.Researchers have found that low antioxidant levels can actually cause your sperm DNA to be exposed to increased oxidative damage.

2. Add A Tomato To Your Meal

The lycopene in tomatoes helps keep sperm protected from free radical damage. Since it is also an antioxidant, it can help improve sperm concentration, count, and motility. One research study looked at whether tomato juice too could benefit male fertility in patients with motility or sperm concentration related fertility problems. Each test subject consumed a can of tomato juice containing about 30 mg of lycopene daily for a 12-week period. This regular tomato juice intake was found to improve sperm motility of infertile patients.

3. Get A Vitamin D Boost Through Fatty Fish

Eat lots of fatty fish like sardines, salmon, herring, mackerel, or tuna to keep your levels of vitamin D up. Alternatively, you could get the nutrient through eggs or vitamin D fortified cereals or milk. A deficiency of the vitamin is said to cause testosterone levels to drop. Studies have shown that supplemental intake of vitamin D in overweight men can help improve testosterone levels in about a year.

4. Nibble On Seeds

Research shows a link between zinc levels and fertility. In one study, the seminal plasma zinc concentration of men with a fertility problem was found to be lower than in those without a problem. Researchers also noted that taking zinc supplements helped improve sperm motility, semen volume, and the concentration of morphologically normal sperm in semen. You can up your intake through zinc-rich food like raw pumpkin seeds or sesame seeds, which make a handy snack at work or home. You could eat more crab, lobster, shrimp, oysters, beef tenderloin, and lamb – all known to be rich in the nutrient.

5. Eat Your Beans

Ensure you get adequate levels of folic acid. Men with low dietary folate intake show higher chances of having sperm with chromosomal abnormalities. This may cause birth defects like Down’s syndrome or miscarriages if the abnormal sperm fertilizes an egg.6Low seminal plasma folate also adversely impacts both sperm density and total sperm count.The B vitamin is available in a variety of beans (kidney, navy, black, pinto, lentil, or garbanzo) as well as in spinach, collard greens, and asparagus.

6. Enjoy A Pomegranate

Pomegranate consumption canimprove your mood, but, more importantly, it can also increase testosterone levels in the body. Having some pomegranate plain as a fruit, drinking some as a juice, or adding it to your meals can bring a pop of fresh sweetness and also boost your libido. One study found a 24 percent rise in testosterone levels after 2 weeks of regular pomegranate juice consumption.

7. Go Mediterranean With Olive Oil

Monounsaturated fat olive oil needs to replace other fats and oils in your diet. Research has found regular daily intake of this oil can help increase levels of testosterone in the body. In one piece of research, it was found to bump up levels of the male sex hormone by 17.4 percent in just 3 weeks.