Angela Heap is an expert in the field of Fertility Nutrition. She helps her clients develop a deeper understanding of their relationship with food to help them reach optimum fertility. In this article, Angela explains how nutrition and, in particular, Omega 3 plays a big role in sperm health.
Almost every aspect of our health is related to the types of fatty acids that make up our cells and tissue, and it appears that most of us aren’t getting the right kinds of fatty acids or enough through our diets. There is debate among the medical community as to the benefits of fish oils obtained as a supplement rather than through food. Studies have shown conflicting results. I think the benefits of these supplements could well be enhanced when dietary changes are made that reduce sugar intake, or other simple carbohydrates and unhealthy foods.
Fish oil for men’s fertility
Fish oil is harvested from cold-water fish. Some great examples of this are salmon, trout, sardines and anchovies. These oils contain high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids, which is made up of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These two major hitters play a role, together with other key nutrients, in overall fertility for both women and men. Today we’re talking about the men. With recent reports on the ever decreasing sperm levels in the western world, it’s time we looked into this!
DHA and sperm health
DHA, which is a component of Omega 3 fatty acids, plays a key role in the movement of sperm. The journey sperm face, which was recorded in a recent Channel Four production, 'The Great Sperm Race’, was likened to climbing Everest! During these studies, they calculated that out of the many million produced, only a hundred or so make the long and arduous journey and like any budding mountain climber, preparation is key!
DHA also plays a huge role in the development of healthy sperm. Studies have also found that males deficient in this fatty acid produce poor sperm that are less able to fertilise the egg. Other studies also noted the role of Omega 3 fatty acids in thinning the blood, which allows blood flow to the genitals which leads to better production of sperm.
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