To the thousands of Oyster lovers descending on Whitstable for their annual oyster festival (Thursday 23rd July- August 2nd), be aware that this little sea jewel packs a powerful nutritional punch when it comes to boosting male fertility.
Harley Street Fertility Clinic nutritionist Neema Savvides claims that; “Oysters are full of zinc, which in many studies, has been proven to increase fertility in both men and women. Zinc is needed for testosterone metabolism, testicle growth, sperm production, motility, count and reducing excess oestrogen in male reproductive tissue. In addition to this, zinc promotes healthy cell division in the beginning stages of conception, and therefore can increase your chances of having a healthy start on your journey to conceive. They are also an excellent source of protein – a dietary must for couples wanting to conceive”.
Boosting male fertility
As well as being an antioxidant, zinc is a key nutrient for the production of healthy sperm, boosting motility and for helping to remove excess oestrogen from the body (high levels of which is linked to low sperm count), and is a commonly lacking is most people’s diets. Zinc is lost through ejaculation so consuming good sources such as pumpkin and sunflower seeds, lean meat and poultry, eggs and pulses can help to replenish stores.
Boosting female fertility
As well as being an antioxidant, zinc is a key nutrient used in over 300 enzyme reactions in the body. Without it, your cells can’t divide properly and your hormones (oestrogen and progesterone) get out of balance. Low levels of zinc have been linked to miscarriages in the early stages of pregnancy. Good sources include oysters, lean red meat, poultry, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, eggs and pulses.
Moreover the old wives tales that oysters act as an aphrodisiac may have some truth in it. Fairly recent research has found that raw oysters and other bivalve molluscs contain a rare amino acid that stimulates the production of sex hormones. Of course, the fact they’re tastier, and cheaper than Viagra, makes the idea easier to swallow! So there you have it- some of the world’s most romantic and sexy foods can provide some more lasting joy.
“One of the most healthy and traditional way to enjoy oysters are raw as this amps their nutritional content” says Neema .
So whether you prefer a squeeze of lemon or hit of tabasco, it’s time to slurp and smile!