Study shows link between healthy diet, higher sperm counts

Men who ate a generally healthy diet, including lots of fruit, vegetables, fish, and chicken had higher total sperm counts compared with men who consumed diets high in red meat, fried foods, and sugar-sweetened drinks and desserts, according to a new study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Feiby Nassan, a research fellow in the Department of Environmental Health who led the study, said in a February 21, 2020 Inverse article that antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids are essential for good sperm production.

“I believe that it is not only, ‘You are what you eat,’ but it is also ‘Your sperm is what you eat,'” Nassan said.

Read the Inverse article: Study of 2,935 men reveals one diet may solve the ‘infertility crisis’