Over the last few years, I have repeatedly come upon some literature crediting palm wine to boosting sperm count. At first, I brushed this aside as just a myth, but in recent years, I have started thinking there must be some basis to this theory. In addition to helping regulate blood pressure, healing malaria (and other ailments), palm wine is credited with increasing the production of breast milk in women, and sperm in men.
On the one hand, I’m tempted to believe it, considering the enormous benefits my breast milk production got from drinking ogi. I remember rolling eyes at my Mom when she arrived the US with several wraps of ogi. Fast forward a few weeks later, and I was guzzling the stuff on the daily, as I had to produce enough milk for 2 kids. And it sure helped. So, I understand the theory….but only as it concerns fluid volume. But we all know that sperm is not about the volume of the semen, but its constitution. Does palm oil help the actual sperm production, or is it only useful for the semen? I got my answer to this question when I discovered pomegranate juice as one of the super foods for sperm production.
Considering the closeness of palm wine to pomegranate juice (which some even classify as one and the same), I could finally see why palm wine is recommended for sperm production. Both of these have a high concentration of antioxidants, which lower the level of malondialidehyde in the blood, a chemical that destroys sperm. This thus preserves sperm density, and even motility.
Some other foods that have been credited with helping sperm production are highlighted below:
With their high vitamin E and protein content, these are believed to not only help with sperm production, but to protect these sperm cells from destructive free radicals.
Carrots are rich in vitamin A, which is credited with increasing sperm production, and also boosting motility.
3. Leafy Greens (like Spinach/Ugwu)
Leafy greens are high in zinc, which is vital for the production of testosterone and also boosts sperm production. They are also high in folic acid, which is vital for the production of normal, healthy sperm. Lean beef is also another great source of zinc.
4. Vitamin C rich foods (like Broccoli, Asparagus, Bell Peppers, and Citrus Fruits)
Vitamin C rich foods help boost sperm production, and also prevent the sperm from harmful free radicals.
This vitamin packed fruit (yes, it’s a fruit ) is rich in folic acid, vitamin B6, and vitamin E, and greatly improves sperm motility.
Garlic is packed with selenium and Vitamin B6, both of which make it a super food for hormone regulation and the prevention of sperm damage. It also increases blood supply to the sexual organs.
Just like garlic, it increases blood supply to the sexual organs, and is also credited with boosting virility, and sexual performance.
So if you, or your partner, is looking to boost sperm production, eating the right foods is a good way to start. You can also help this by making lifestyle changes (quitting smoking and excessive alcohol), avoiding tight underwear, and also avoiding heat exposure to the genital area.
Good luck….and baby dust to all!