Zinc and Male Fertility
on Nov 15, 2012
by Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Zinc goes hand in hand with male fertility, as zinc helps protect sperm against bacteria. Including zinc in your diet is easy - find out how.
Zinc is a mineral that the body needs in order to stay healthy. It protects the immune system and it also helps the body create proteins and genetic material. There is a strong connection between zinc and male fertility, because the zinc present in seminal fluid defends sperm from bacteria. Including zinc in your diet is easy. Here are the top 4 food sources that you can choose from. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
It is no secret that most men love eating meat! A good roast beef is considered “manly” food. If your special lady tries to make you eat less meat, then tell her that it is very good for your fertility. 100 g of beef shoulder, chuck or shank contain 10 mg of zinc, which cover 70% of the daily recommended intake. Low fat meat is always recommended, because it is better for your health – there are only 188 calories in 100 g.
If you are more into fish and seafood, then you will be happy to know that oysters have an even higher zinc level. Depending on their type, they can offer you between 110% and 1200% of the recommended daily intake of zinc per 100 g of oysters. Moreover, the high level of zinc they provide goes hand in hand with their aphrodisiac effects.
Nature likes to keep everybody satisfied, so this a solution for men with a sweet tooth too: dark chocolate contains 9.6 mg of zinc per 100 g, or 64% of the daily quantity you should take. Even milk chocolate can give your fertility a boost, with 2.3 mg of zinc per 100 g. Needless to say, chocolate has been shown to have a lot of other benefits, from fighting against the aging effects that free radicals have on us, to lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.
With 6.6 mg of zinc per 100 g, oil roasted peanuts are a great snack for you. Try eating raw peanuts though, which are healthier, because they contain less fat and salt. Peanuts can also lower your cholesterol, improve digestion and prevent colon cancer. If you are allergic to them, worry not, because latest studies show that your immune system can be adapted – with a special treatment – to peanut protein.
All in all, make small changes in your diet and soon enough you will be convinced about the close connection between zinc and male fertility, using it for your own good!
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Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).