Scientific studies have shown that high concentrations of two key amino acids – D-aspartic acid (D-Asp) and N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) – found in raw oysters (especially in spring time) boost levels of both testosterone in men and progesterone in women. A hike in these hormones will certainly up the ante and leave you feeling more frisky proving there is truth in the old wives tales of the aphrodisiac powers of nature’s own Viagra.
However, it’s not just the libido stimulating power of these molluscs that should get you excited, but their unique ability to boost your fertility. As the food chain’s most concentrated source of sperm boosting zinc, Oysters are something of a fertility superfood.
Sufficient zinc levels are vital to help improve sperm count, motility, form, function and quality. Exposure to stress, cigarette smoke, pollution, and alcohol can all deplete zinc as well as you loosing upto 3 milligrams every time you ejaculate. And with zinc deficiency being linked to low sperm counts and low testosterone levels its vital you keep your zinc levels topped up.
You need a minimum of 15g of zinc a day to benefit from its sperm boosting qualities, which you can get from around 6 oysters (50g).
Ladies need to take note too – zinc is also important for female fertility, as a deficiency can disrupt the menstrual cycle and slow the production of good-quality eggs.
However, if you can’t stomach this particular delicacy – or the price tag – then other great sources of sperm boosting zinc can be found in smaller amounts in beef, spinach, pumpkin seeds, asparagus and mussels.
FYI – it takes 90 days to produce sperm so you want to start eating zinc-rich foods or taking zinc supplements at least 3 months before conception…
See our Oysters recipe for inspiration…