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Oct 15, 2015 — by Larry Lipshultz

A mother, father, and their babyMany patients of Dr. Larry Lipshultz consult him outside of visits for help when it comes to many different men's health issues. He is one of the most skilled urologists and male fertility specialists in the Houston area.

A number of Dr. Lipshultz's patients have asked about how their diet can affect fertility. Let's take a moment to go over some good foods and bad foods for male infertility.

Healthy Eating and Healthy Eating Makes a Difference

You are what you eat, the old saying goes, and a good diet does make a major difference for your overall wellness and fertility. In general, you want to eat a well-balanced diet that's rich and fresh fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fats. A few foods are especially good for male fertility, which we've listed below.


Tomatoes are an excellent source of lycopene, an important antioxidant. Lycopene has been shown to improve sperm motility.


Walnuts are an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids, which have been shown to improve sperm motility, sperm morphology, and overall sperm vitality.

Pumpkin Seeds

Zinc is a major part of healthy sperm and proper sperm development. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of zinc, and easy to add to a salad or cereal.


Folate (natural folic acid) helps decrease the chances of chromosomal abnormalities of the sperm. Lentils happen to be one of the best sources of folate, and a great source of protein as well.


Blueberries are an excellent source of important antioxidants such as resveratol and quercetin. Both of these have been shown to improve sperm count as well as sperm motility.


Water is essential for good overall health and wellness. Staying hydrated properly helps boost sperm production, sperm count, and the overall quality of a man's ejaculate.


Pomegranates help promote the production of antioxidants that help protect the sperm. In addition, they have been shown to boost testosterone an improve overall sperm quality, and also increase sex drive.

Dark Chocolate

A number of health professionals have noted the benefits of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is a good source of an amino acid known as L-arginine, which increases sperm count, sperm motility, and overall volume of a man's ejaculate.

Foods and Beverages That You Should Avoid

While some foods and beverages are good for male fertility, there are others you should avoid or be smart about consuming.

  • Processed Meats – As much as you may love them, overconsumption of hot dogs, hamburgers, and other meat products can lower your sperm count by up to 23 percent. Go easy on these.

  • Full-Fat Dairy – Whole milk can reduce your sperm count due to a number of environmental factors. Consider reduced-fat dairy instead.

  • Soft Drinks – Soda can affect your sperm motility, studies have shown. Try to limit your intake of soft drinks and drink water to stay hydrated instead.

  • Alcoholic Beverages – While drinking in moderation is fine, binge drinking can lead to poor sperm health. Imbibe and enjoy, but be sure to be responsible.

Speak with Dr. Larry Lipshultz About Male Infertility

For more information about your diet and how that can affect your fertility, be sure to contact our urology and men's health center today. Dr. Larry Lipshultz and his team look forward to your visit and helping you start a family of your own.