Healthy semen is very important to solve the problem of male infertility. It depends on sperm count, morphology, motility and volume. Semen quality plays an important role in improving fertility in males. A healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and a balanced diet helps improve sperm quality if you do not want to take unnatural means. A recent study has found out that a compound found in tomatoes can help improve sperm quality in men. The study says that a simple diet supplement containing a compound found in cooked tomatoes can not only improve sperm quality but also resolve fertility problems in men.  Foods that Lower Sperm Count: From Soy to Workout Supplements, 6 Things that Will Make You Infertile. 

It is being said that the discovery could transform the outlook for men with fertility problems and lead to better ways to reduce the damaging impact of modern living on reproductive health. Of all infertility cases, approximately 40 to 50 per cent have been seen due to "male factor" infertility. Certain foods can help you improve sperm quality naturally just like tomatoes. Let's take a look at some foods you can include in your diet to improve fertility:

1. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha, also known as Indian ginseng, poison gooseberry, or winter cherry has been used as an integral part of Ayurvedic medicines for various ailments. Ashwagandha is known to boost male fertility by improving the testosterone levels in men. Many people take it in the form of supplements or include it into the diet in the form of teas, etc.

2. Fenugreek

Fenugreek seeds also known as methi is an essential part of the Indian household. Studies have proven that its extract may increase testosterone level in men which can improve sperm production. A 2017 study also found that the Fenugreek seeds extract can significantly improve the overall semen quality and sperm count.

3. Walnuts

Walnuts, also known as akhrot in Hindi is known to be rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Not only is it known to improve sperm count but also the quality of it. A study by the Society for the Study of Reproduction found that daily moderate consumption walnuts improved the sperm vitality, morphology, and motility in men.

4. Oysters

Zinc is a highly essential micronutrient that has been known to improve fertility in men. Right from regulating the sperm count and quality it is known to even help sperm vitality. Studies have found out that men who are infertile tend to have lower levels of zinc in them when compared to fertile men. Some of the great sources of zinc are oysters, red meat and poultry, shellfish, nuts and beans, whole wheat grain products, dairy

5. Fish

Studies have found out that men with improved levels of Vitamin B-12 are more fertile than the others. Vitamin B-12 is a critical nutrient to overall sperm health. Right from improving the sperm motility to sperm count, and reduced sperm DNA damage, foods with vitamin B-12 can help improve the sperm quality. Some amazing and natural sources of vitamin B-12 are fish, clams, meats and poultry (liver), nutritional yeasts.

You can also increase your sperm count with a healthy diet. One of the most common reasons for low fertility among men is poor lifestyle choices. Diet plays a big role in improving or reducing sperm count and quality leading up to improved fertility.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Oct 11, 2019 01:21 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website