For long, it has been said that carrots are good for sharper vision but now it has emerged that they are also good for boosting the quality of your sperm.
More so, a new study on the recipe for super sperm found many yellow and orange-coloured fruit and vegetables capable of making the sperm stronger. They had the greatest effect on ‘motility’, a term used to describe the ability of sperm to swim towards an egg.
The sperm-boosting qualities can be attributed to pigments called carotenoids, which give such foods their familiar colour. The body converts these carotenoids into health-boosting antioxidants.
Antioxidants help to neutralise free radicals, destructive groups of atoms that are a by-product of metabolism and can damage cell membranes and DNA.
According to a report in the journal, Fertility and Saterility, sweet potato and melon can enhance the quantity and quality of sperm, but carrots were found to improve sperm performance by between 6.5 and 8 per cent.
The report said: “In a population of healthy young men, carotenoid intake was associated with higher sperm motility and, in the case of lycopene, better sperm morphology. Our data suggest that dietary carotenoids may have a positive impact on semen quality.”
A previous study from Harvard showed that men eating diets containing most saturated fat had the lowest sperm counts and poorer quality sperm.
However, men who ate more ‘good’ fats including omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and some plants had better quality sperm than those eating less.