Study says nuts may boost male fertility

Want stronger, healthier sperm? Eat your nuts

Want stronger, healthier sperm? Eat your nuts

The nutrients in nuts including omega-3 fatty acids, folic acid, antioxidants (Vitamin C, E, Zinc and Selenium) etc. are all thought to be responsible for these improvements.

Eating a handful of almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts every day boosts men's sperm production, new research suggests.

Presented this week at the annual conference for the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) in Barcelona, the study followed 119 healthy male subjects for 14-weeks.

This was a randomized trial where sperm parameters were measured in the study participants over a 14 week study.

The decline has been attributed in industrialised countries to "pollution, smoking, and trends toward a western-style diet".

A study has found that eating nuts each day can provide a big boost to men hoping to become fathers in the future.

Infertility affects around 11 per cent of women and nine per cent of men of a reproductive age in the US. Nuts are part of the Mediterranean diet that is considered to be the healthiest diet for the heart, blood vessels and other organs.

Results revealed that the men who ate the nuts in their diet had improved sperm count (improved by 16 percent), motility (by 6 percent), shape or morphology (by 1 percent), vitality (by 4 percent) as well as reduced DNA fragmentation.

"Evidence is accumulating in the literature that healthy lifestyle changes such as following a healthy dietary pattern might help conception", said Dr Albert Salas-Huetos, from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, in Spain, who led the study.

"These four parameters are all associated with male fertility".

Researchers recorded not just sperm parameters but also changes in several molecular factors, including sperm DNA fragmentation.

Dr. Salas-Huetos pointed out that the results of the study can not necessarily be applied to the general population, considering that the male subjects were all healthy and fertile men who followed a western-style diet.

The results showed significantly higher levels of sperm count, vitality, movement and morphology among the men in the 60 g/day nut diet than in those following their usual diets free of nuts. Although these numbers are not especially high, the researchers added that the subjects consuming nuts showed significant reductions in sperm DNA fragmentation.

He added that a potential flaw in the study was that it was impossible to eat nuts "blind". "We can't yet say that", said Salas-Huetos, "based exclusively on the results of this study".

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