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Should Men Also Go on a Fertility Diet?

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by Cindy Bailey of the Fertile Kitchen™, May 14, 2010

You're eating all the right things to maximize your fertility. Does it matter what your guy puts down?

Absolutely! Your male partner should follow a fertility diet too, even if he don’t appear to have fertility issues himself, and especially if he does.

Not only can diet affect such factors as sperm count, motility and morphology, but there is also the fact that 10 to 15 percent of couples have unexplained infertility, meaning the cause is unknown. Since you can’t be sure of all the factors causing your infertility, you should do the diet together.

Here’s another good reason for male partners to go on a fertility diet: To support their female partners in working as a couple toward parenthood. Battling fertility issues is hard work, and harder still if you’re doing it alone. Having your male partner on board with you, even if he’s not following the diet as closely, is really helpful. It also has the empowering effect of giving male partners something they can actually do to help.

So what should he be eating?

In addition to sticking to an all organic diet with plenty of vegetables, beans, good carbs, lean meat and healthy fats (and little or no trans fats, processed sugar, overly processed foods, dairy or wheat), men should be sure to get sufficient levels of zinc, selenium, vitamin B12 and vitamin C, as well as plenty of antioxidants.

This means men should eat up on organic, lean beef and lamb (vitamin B12, zinc); seafood, such as snapper, cod, halibut, shrimp and salmon (selenium, vitamin B12); sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and whole grains (zinc); and fruits and veggies, such as bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries and oranges (vitamin C). Antioxidants can be found in berries, broccoli, tomatoes, whole grains and more.

Men deserve to eat well too! For themselves and their offspring. After all, they contribute 50% of the DNA that goes into making our babies.

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