Fruits and vegetables, thanks to their antioxidant substances, are real elixirs for sperm health.
Male fertility is also improved by paying attention to what you bring to the table every day.
As demonstrated by a study presented during the recent congress of the Italian Society of Andrology, a two-month diet characterized by a prevalence of fruits and vegetables can help a lot to improve the health of sperm. The benefits in this respect are due in particular to the antioxidant substances present in plants.
The survey in question, conducted by a team active at the Laboratory of Semiology – Pma of the Hospital of Cosenza, analyzed the situation of 30 patients aged between 25 and 40 years. In all cases they were subjects with infertility problems not due to a specific cause (situation increasingly widespread in Western countries) and non-smokers.
Scholars have noted a very close correlation between the lack of antioxidants in the diet and a state of oxidative damage of sperm, particularly subject to DNA fragmentation. This picture, if associated with very frequent risk factors such as environmental pollution, alcohol consumption, and smoking, contributes to a strong impairment of male fertility.
Returning to the subjects involved in the study, it is worth remembering that we speak of subjects who were on average overweight, who were given a low-calorie diet characterized by the intake of about 1500 calories daily. The diet in question was composed of proteins, carbohydrates with a low glycemic index, fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C, folate, zinc, beta-carotene.
Overall, the daily intake of antioxidants was between 800 and 1000 grams. After two months of this diet, scholars noted a general improvement in sperm motility (+10 – 25%) in the subjects included in the sample.
In addition, a significant positive change in DNA fragmentation was also noted. Considering that the fragmentation index of a healthy spermiogram is 7% and that before the diet of the men involved in the study was 20%, the 12th of the final result is an interesting result to say the least.
The percentage in question confirms the decisive role of fruit and vegetables in the fight against male infertility, a problem underlying about 30% of requests for access to medically assisted procreation therapies.