Sperm counts in French men have fallen from about 74 million to 50 million – approximately a 32 percent decrease – in the span of 16 years.
In reality, there continues to be a worldwide reduction of men’s sperm, although we don’t know why.
Dr. Joelle Le Moal, the study’s lead author from the Institut de Veille Sanitaire in France, said a decline in male reproduction endpoints has been suspected for several decades. The study appears in the journal Human Reproduction.
Clearly, environmental factors have taken a toll in the past 50 years – including smoking, pollutants and obesity.
But don’t fear – we’re still making enough to repopulate the planet in case of emergency!
Just in case, here are some tips to help reproduction purposes:
• Maintain a good balance of proper diet and exercise; emotional rest is important.
• Eat foods that help significantly with sperm production and raise testosterone. Examples include oysters, which have certain amino acids; dark chocolates, which have arginine; and my very own Medicine Hunter, Chris Kilham, keeps pushing the maca plant, which has been dubbed the Peruvian ginseng, known to increase libido, stamina and sexual function.
• Walnuts are also good to eat, as they are full of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for cardiovascular performance.
• Every once in a while, add some ginseng to your diet to spice things up.
• Another thing to contemplate: Our society’s global addiction to electronic devices. We know these devices give off heat, and one thing we need to do in order for sperm production to be healthy is reduce the amount of heat near our pelvic area. So do not keep laptops on your lap for a long period of time, and don’t keep your cellphone in your pocket.
• Be careful what kind of undergarments you wear; if you are addicted to spandex, you may want to wear sparingly.
• Quit smoking and cut down on alcohol.
• From a supplement perspective, there are certain supplements shown to improve the production and quality of sperm. These include folic acid, selenium, zinc and vitamins C and E.
Dr. Manny Alvarez serves as Fox News Channel's senior managing health editor. He also serves as chairman of the department of obstetrics/gynecology and reproductive science at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. For more information on Dr. Manny's work, visit AskDrManny.com.