Children are one of the most desired blessings of many people all over the world, and when some people strive to have their own but are unable to, they frequently become disappointed and turn to adoption. Children are commonly referred to as the blessing of marriage in many African societies, particularly in Nigeria, where couples who are unable to conceive on time owing to one issue or another are sometimes put under enormous pressure by their relatives.
Many husbands’ families used to put a lot of pressure on the wives of their children who couldn’t conceive on time, mocking them. However, advances in medical science in recent years have revealed that, in many cases of infertility, women are not completely to blame for their inability to conceive because their reproductive health is at its best. The same cannot be said for men, who are sometimes to fault for the inability to conceive.
Low sperm count is one of the most common causes of male infertility. Let me crave your indulgence to briefly examine how sperm count comes into it. Normal sperm concentrations, according to WebMD, ranges from 15 million to more than 200 million sperm per milliliter of sperm. Males with low sperm counts, on the other hand, frequently have less than 15 million sperm per millilitre or less than 39 million total sperm each ejaculate. When a man’s sperm count is low, conceiving naturally can be a monumental endeavor, and it’s a factor in about one-third of all couples who are having trouble becoming pregnant.
According to healthline, Low sperm count can be caused by many things, including long-term illnesses such as renal failure, childhood illnesses, and chromosomal or hormone issues (such as low testosterone). While any of the aforementioned causes could be to blame for low sperm count, lifestyle choices are generally the first line of defense in many cases, and these decisions often focus on the foods that men with low sperm count consume. It is then necessary to investigate certain foods or beverages that may contribute to a low sperm count.
The following are five (5) foods that have been connected to reduced sperm count and should be consumed in moderation:
1. Meats that have been processed
When it comes to male fertility, foods like bacon, sausage, ham, and corned beef aren’t the best choices. A clinical trial published in the Journal of Nutrition found that processed meat consumption was inversely linked to sperm morphology, with males in the top quartile of processed red meat intake having 23.2 percent fewer morphologically normal sperm.
2. Trans Fatty Acids
Trans-fats are fats that are created in an industrial method by adding hydrogen atoms to vegetable oil to form a semi-solid food product. Not only are trans-fats bad for your heart, but they can also affect your sperm count and testosterone levels by lowering both. Biscuits, frosting on pastries like cupcakes and cookies, fried fries, and trans-fat popcorn are all examples of trans fats to avoid.
3. alcoholic beverages
In diet-induced cases of decreased sperm counts, alcohol is frequently one of the leading possibilities. While drinking alcohol is acceptable for males, many men consume more than the suggested 10 drinks per week and may consume it all in one night or weekend. In terms of reproductive health, such guys are unknowingly lowering their sperm count and decreasing their fertility.
4. Products made from soy
Excessive use of soy products may harm the quality of your sperm cells because soy products include phytoestrogens, which are plant-derived chemicals. These chemicals have been related to lower sperm concentration and sperm function in males, thus they should be avoided.
5. Sugar Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages has been linked to poorer sperm motility in many healthy young men, according to some research, and men who use caffeinated energy and soft drinks may have lower fertility. Furthermore, according to a recent Harvard study, drinking as little as one sugar-sweetened drink per day can result in a 20% reduction in sperm count.