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Low Sperm Count? Take Omega 3 essential fatty acids!

By Aimee Raupp, MS LAc

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Eat Omega-3 fatty acids to improve sperm count!

A recent study out of the University of Illinois showed that mice who lacked DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which is an omega-3 fatty acid that is important for optimal health (and cellular health of the testicles) were unable to make sperm and were therefore infertile.

However, when the scientists added DHA supplements to the diet these mice followed, they began making sperm and were able to procreate.

This is very clear-cut science: eating foods rich in DHA like salmon, sardines and cod liver oil improves sperm count. In addition, omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol and triglycerides and regulate hormone levels.

My recommendation–regardless of your health, get in your share of omega-3 fatty acids daily. And, if you are trying for a baby, both partners should be eating a diet rich in wild salmon, sardines, walnuts and taking a daily dose of cod liver oil.

About Aimee Raupp, MS, LAc

Aimee Raupp, MS, LAc, is a renowned women’s health & wellness expert and the best- selling author of the books Chill Out & Get Healthy, Yes, You Can Get Pregnant, and Body Belief. A licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in private practice in New York, she holds a Master of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Rutgers University. Aimee is also the founder of the Aimee Raupp Beauty line of hand-crafted, organic skincare products. This article was reviewed's editorial team and is in compliance with our editorial policy.


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