Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

4Nuts may boost male fertility

4Nuts may boost male fertility

Nuts such as almonds, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts and macademia nuts are nuggets of nutrition full of omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamin B. These nutrients are important for improving the production of healthy sperm cells.

The results, presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of ESHRE in Barcelona, showed that a diet rich in nuts can boost sperm count almost 20 per cent, sperm vitality almost five per cent, sperm motility by six per cent, and morphology by one percent. The results of the research was presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of ESHRE in Barcelona showed that a nuts-rich diet could boost sperm count by nearly 20 percent, the vitality of sperm cells by 5 percent, their mobility by six percent and the shape and size of sperm cells by one percent.

Infertility affects around 11 per cent of women and nine per cent of men of a reproductive age in the US.

For the study, researchers recruited 119 men aged 18-35, who they divided into two groups.

The findings "support a beneficial role for chronic nut consumption in sperm quality", the researchers said.

Their sperm vitality also rose by 4 percent, sperm motility by 6 percent and sperm morphology by 1 percent.

"Pollution, smoking, and trends toward a western-style diet" has led to a decline in quantity and quality of human sperm, said Albert Salas-Huetos from the Universitat Rovira i Virgil in Spain.

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When scientists analyzed the sperm and blood samples, they found that those who ate nuts had, on average, a 16 percent higher sperm count. Reduction in DNA fragmentation was the main reason why the other parameters also improved he said.

At the start of the study as well as the end of the trial at 14 weeks, the sperm count, morphology and DNA fragmentation was noted.

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.

"We can't yet say that based exclusively on the results of this study", Salas-Huetos said.

Sperm counts have halved in the western world over the past four decades, which, alongside rising testicular tumours, could be behind plummeting fertility rates and couples' increasing dependency on IVF, according to Professor Niels Skakkebaek from the University of Copenhagen.

Any nut would be useful in the prevention of male infertility.

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