Low sperm count is a common problem of males and cause difficulty in conception. Men suffering from this problem are usually unable to pregnant their spouse. If you are planning for a baby but unable to conceive your wife then problem of low sperm count may hurt your married relationship. Before we proceed to natural home remedies for increasing sperm count, let's have a look on some basic causes behind low sperm count.
Causes of Low Sperm Count
- (i)Testicular injury or some sudden shock that affect the testicles may affect sperm production and cause low sperm count.
- (ii)Some times deficiency of some essential nutrients (for example Zinc, Selenium, Vitamin C,Vitamin E etc.) may also lead to low sperm count.
- (iii)Some times this problem can be genetic (e.g; Klinefelter's syndrome) or based on a hormonal disorder. In this condition body is unable to produce normal sperms.
- (iv)Obesity may also cause imbalance of hormones which are responsible for sperm production.
- (v)Extreme Stress Level is also one of the main reason for low sperm count.
- (vi)Smoking cigarettes may also responsible for male infertility since it is known to decrease sperm count and sperm lifespan.
- (vii)Excessive Alcohol intake is also responsible for low sperm count.
Natural Home Remedies to increase Sperm Count and Dense Semen
1. Healthy Diet Plan
To increase your sperm count, first you need to make a proper diet plan containing all essential nutrients that are important to increase your sperm production. Try to eat foods low in fat and high in protein including fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds and poultry. All are are good food choices to increase sperm production.
2. Raw Sunflower Seeds and Pumpkin seeds
Consumption of raw sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds is considered very helpful to enhance male fertility. It is suggested that a man with a low sperm count consume 1/4 cup of raw sunflower or pumpkin seeds daily
3. Zinc Rich Foods
Eat Foods rich in zinc and some amino acids which are essential for sperm production. Oysters, lamb, turkey, barley, wheat, beans, nuts, red meat, pumpkin seeds, avocados, bananas,almonds, spinach, poultry, sesame seeds, avocado and egg whites are good to increase sperm count.
4. Foods Rich in Vitamin C, E and B12
Try eat to foods rich in Vitamins C, E and B12. These vitamins are very helpful to increase sperm production.
Natural Sources of Vitamin C:
Oranges, tangerines, limes, guava, lemons, papayas, strawberries, black currants, grapefruit and mangoes, collard greens, green and red peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, brussel sprouts, cabbage, potatoes, kale, spinach(palak), and watercress are good natural sources of Vitamin C.
Natural Sources of Vitamin E: .
Sweet potatoes, mangoes, eggs, soya, yams, spinach, broccoli, corn, avocados, fortified cereals, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almond , peanut, safflower, olive oil, almonds, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, and walnuts contain sufficient amount of Vitamin E.
Natural Sources of Vitamin B12 :
Liver, kidney, fish, clams, oysters, salmon, sardines, yogurt, cheese, eggs, dairy products and low fat skim milk are good sources of Vitamin B12.
Bananas are considered very effective to boost your sperm count. Bananas contain bromelain, an enzyme which has been shown to regulate sex hormones. Bananas also contain a good amount of Vitamin A, B1 and C. All these vitamins are very helpful to boost sperm production.
Eating pomegranate or drinking pomegranate juice on a regular basis is highly beneficial to enhance your sperm count. Pomegranates are rich in powerful antioxidants that reduce malondialidehyde which is responsible for damaging the sperms. In addition, pomegranate is also very helpful to improve the health and mobility of sperm.
Garlic is rich in allicin that not only helps in improving blood circulation but also boosts the endurance of the sperm by promoting blood circulation in the genitals and hence strengthens the sperms. In addition, the mineral selenium in garlic also helps in improving sperm motility. Try to include 1 or 2 crushed garlic cloves in your daily diet plan.
8. Green Tea
Green tea in also considered very effective to boost your sperm production as well as fertility and credit goes to high amount of antioxidants because they neutralize free radicals that can damage sperm cells. According to recent researches, low doses of a compound called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) can improve sperm quality, including motility, thus improving its potential for fertilization. However, higher concentrations of EGCG can have an opposite effect. Drinking just 1 or 2 cups of green tea are good to increase your sperm production.
9. Reduce your Stress
Stress is sometimes responsible for certain infertility problems such as hormonal problems. So try to reduce stress levels by learning relaxation techniques. Keep your mind and body healthy by regular practice of yoga and meditation.
10. Reduce Excess Weight or Obesity
Try to Lose any excessive weight because excess weight or obesity tends to cause imbalance in sex hormones which is one of the main cause for low sperm count.
11. Regular Exercise
Regular exercise will help cut stress, but be careful. Excessive exercise can cause harm, as can certain exercises that may negatively impact the testicles, such as cycling or bicycling.
12. Avoid Alcohol and Smoking
Alcohol affects your liver function, which in turn, causes a dramatic change in hormonal levels. Even two drinks a day will have long term effects on sperm production. So strictly avoid alcohol intake.
Smoking not only damage blood vessels but also restrict the oxygen supply to blood and decrease sperm production and also decrease their life span.
13. Avoid Tight Garments
Avoid wearing a very tight pants/underwear/non breathable underpants (non-cotton) because it causes heat to build up at the testis. This will lower the production of semen and sperm.So avoid heating of the testicles to provide an ambient climate for the testicles.You can wear cotton boxer shorts.
14. Maintain A Gap Between Two Ejaculations
Maintain a gap of 3 days between two consecutive ejaculations. More times you ejaculate, the less dense your semen will be.So for dense semen and healthy sperms have sex with your partner at least after 2 or 3 days.
15. Best Time For Ejaculation
According to recent researches, the best time for ejaculation is early in the morning because the sperm levels are often highest in the morning. So try to have physical(sexual) relation in the early morning or early afternoon. By the end of the day, sperm counts may be reduced due to stress, fatigue and a number of other factors.
Some Precautions and Important Tips
- (i) Avoid hot baths and saunas because over heating is dangerous for sperms.
- (ii)Keep away from bitter, astringent and spicy foods.
- (iii)Reduce caffeine intake.
- (iv)Try to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water on a daily basis. Drinking lots of water can help the body in increasing sperm count.
- (v)Proper and uninterrupted sleep of 7-8 is also essential to increase sperm production.