Thursday, August 28, 2008

These 2 Foods Boost Male Fertility

Men who want to improve their fertility should chow down on fruits and vegetables. That's the word from researchers at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., who determined that the more fresh produce a man eats, the less sluggish his sperm and the better able it is to fertilize an egg.

When it comes to improving sperm motility, the best fruits and veggies have bright colors, such as any vegetable with leafy greens, as well as tomatoes, peppers and oranges.

For this study, 48 infertile men and 10 fertile men who fathered children in the previous year answered questions about the food they typically ate. The results were amazingly clear-cut. Fully 83 percent of the infertile men ate very little fruits and vegetables, which is defined as fewer than five servings a day, compared with just 40 percent of the fertile men. And among all the men--both fertile and infertile--the men who had the lowest sperm motility also consumed the least amount of fruits and vegetables.

The magic ingredient is antioxidants, specifically glutathione and cryptoxanthin, which are found in abundance in brightly colored fruits and vegetables. "We think that sperm quality is affected by dietary antioxidant intake," lead study author Dr. Vivian Lewis, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology, told MSNBC's Jacqueline Stenson.

Stenson says that it appears these antioxidants protect sperm by preventing the kind of damage that makes them sluggish and unable to fertilize an egg.

The takeaway: Go for quality and quantity. Men who are hoping to be fathers should eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and a minimum of five servings a day. Hey, if nothing else, it will make you healthier.

The study findings were reported at a meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, 2006.
--From the Editors at Netscape

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