Bayo Ajibola


Trying for a child can sometimes be a daunting task because it doesn’t come as easily as you thought it would. The constant pressure to get a child from a spouse or even family may take out all the fun in the bedroom activity and make it feel like a chore.

In the event that the problem is fertility what happens? Most people start blaming the other partner (mostly the woman) even before they have tests done but the wisest thing would be to find ways to improve fertility. Different methods have been mentioned to aid in boosting fertility. For those who prefer to go the natural way start with food!

Nuts have been cited as a major fertility booster because of the minerals that they contain. Walnuts are famed as being among the best plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids. They specifically contain ALA (alpha linolenic acid) which works wonders when it comes to male fertility. They also contain copper. Almonds contain zinc and L-arginine which are important for the reproductive system.

Omega-3 is known to increase the production of cervical mucus, it increases blood flow to the uterus and related reproductive organs, and it promotes ovulation. It is also known to counteract inflammation and therefore conditions likeuterine fibroids and endometriosis may not get out of hand and affect a pregnancy. Other nuts and seeds that can give you omega-3 include flax seeds, chia seeds, and hemp seeds.

Most nuts are packed with protein. Protein is used to repair damaged body tissues and also provide some energy to your body. The best for protein are sesame seeds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, almonds and flax seeds.

Another important mineral for fertility is zinc. It encourages proper growth of sperm and ova, prevents sperm deformities, prevents recurrent miscarriage and promotes hormonal balance. Pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds are great for this.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant which improves the function of nerve cells, the immune system and red blood cells. Its most active form is actually known as alpha-tocopherol which translated can mean to bear children. Get it from almonds and sunflower seeds.

The effect

A good dose of nuts will accomplish the following for a man:

  •          An increased sperm count


  •          Improved sperm motility


  •          A reduction in sperm abnormalities


Both of you will benefit greatly from these little powerhouses. To get the best from them eat them raw. For seeds like sesame that are very small grinding them will ensure that the body digests them instead of expelling them. A quarter of a cup will do just fine to get the required amount of nutrients into your system.


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