The One Vegan Food That Boosts Fertility In Men
As the saying goes, “You have to eat fruit to bear fruit”, and while more and more women heed this advice, many men ignore it. As a result, it is hurting their chances of causing pregnancy.
Fertility Is A Diet Related Issue
Research from a Spanish study done in two infertility centers in Spain (in Alicante and Murcia) and published online in the journal Fertility and Sterility, has found that low antioxidant intake is associated with low reproductive capacity in semen.
"Our previous research study, published in March, showed that men who eat large amounts of meat and full fat dairy products have lower seminal quality than those who eat more fruit, vegetables and reduced fat dairy products. In this study, we have found that people who consume more fruits and vegetables are ingesting more antioxidants, and this is the important point", Jaime Mendiola, lead author of the article and a researcher at the University of Murcia, tells SINC.
Dietary Habits Vs. Exposure
Researchers have dedicated four years to analyzing the link between dietary habits and workplace exposure to contaminants and the effect they have on the quality of semen among men attending fertility clinics.
The scientific objective was to uncover whether a higher or lower intake of antioxidants, affects semen quality. Antioxidants, which are present in abundance foods such as berries, apples, citrus, peppers and leafy greens, particularly spinach, work to lessen oxidative stress in the body. Researchers want to prove that this lowering of oxidative stress may have a positive affect semen quality, improve sperm concentration parameters and increase sperm mobility and reproduction.
High Protein High Fat Diets Stunt Fertility
The study was carried out among 61 men, 30 of whom had reproductive problems, while the remaining 31 acted as controls. "We saw that, among the couples with fertility problems coming to the clinic, the men with good semen quality ate more vegetables and fruit (more vitamins, folic acid and fibre and less proteins and fats) than those men with low seminal quality", explains Mendiola.
"A healthy diet is not only a good way of avoiding illness, but could also have an impact on improving seminal quality. What we still do not understand is the difference between taking these vitamins naturally and in the form of supplements. In the studies we are going to carry out in the United States (where the consumption of vitamins in tablet form is very common) we will be looking at the role of supplements", the Spanish scientist continues.
Male Fertility Is On The Decline
More and more scientific studies show that human seminal quality and male fertility have declined over recent decades. Further, results of other European studies carried out between 2000 and 2008 by the Valencian Infertility Institute found that Spanish semen is at the bottom in terms of volume (9th position), mobility (10th position) and concentration. That being said, after analyzing the quality of sperm, researchers revaluated its capacity to successfully lead to pregnancy. In this analysis, the Spanish sperm came second to Portugal. However, in other countries of northern Europe, namely Denmark, a staggering 40% of young men have seminal quality that is below recommended levels for fertility.
Journal Source: Plataforma SINC. "Semen Quality May Depend Upon Antioxidants In Man's Diet." ScienceDaily.
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