Foods That Increase Semen Production

The amount of semen a man produces may affect the amount of ejaculate produced during ejaculation. Dr. Anthony John Arciola, MD, a urologist at Clarkston Urology in Scarsdale, New York, states that low ejaculate may also result from various health conditions or anatomical problems. The normal amount of semen produced during ejaculation ranges from 1mL to 5.6mL. In an attempt to increase semen production, men may can consume foods high in amino acids, zinc, folic acid and lycopine. Water also plays a vital role in semen production.

Amino Acids

Amino acids, especially L-arginine and L-carnitine, may affect the amount of semen produced. states that when men consume amino acids and zinc, they may produce significantly more semen. These amino acids can be found in meat, oatmeal, nuts, granola, spinach, dairy products, tuna, seaweed and egg whites, according to Dr. Arciola.


Dr. Arciola advises that semen production requires the mineral zinc. Common food sources of zinc include oysters, nuts, seeds, wheat, barley, red meat, turkey and lamb. Zinc may also increase a man’s testosterone level, advises Discovery Health. This may increase the power of ejaculation and allow a man to ejaculate more semen.

Folic Acid

Folic acid may increase how much semen a man produces, according to You can find high amounts of folic acid in citrus fruits, like lemons, oranges and limes, and in green leafy vegetables, like asparagus, broccoli and okra.


Dr. Arciola advises that lycopine may benefit a man by increasing his semen production and improving the health of his prostate. Lycopine has antioxidant properties that help decrease the damage free radicals may have on sperm, thus improving sperm’s health. Foods high in lycopine include tomatoes, red bell peppers and pink grapefruit.


Dr. Arciola states that many men suffer from slight dehydration. He advises that most people do not drink enough water to keep the body properly hydrated. As a result, semen production may slow down. To prevent this from occurring, men need to drink an average of eight to ten glasses of water each day.

About this Author

Kimberly Wonderly writes from her home in Bradford, Pa. She began her writing career as a sophomore at Slippery Rock University. She wrote a weekly fitness article for the “Rocket” and had nutritional articles published in the “Rock World Magazine.” Wonderly received a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science in 2001.