How to boost men’s fertility
The sperm quality and overall reproductive health of men in Western countries has declined steadily over the past few decades, for unknown reasons. But new research suggests that eating nuts—loaded with protein, antioxidants, and heart-healthy fats—could help wannabe dads improve their fertility. Researchers in Spain recruited 119 men between 18 and 35 who followed a typical Western-style diet, which includes red meat as well as processed and refined foods. The men were asked to either supplement their diet with a daily regimen of 60 grams of mixed nuts, such as almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts, or stick to their usual diet. After 14 weeks, the sperm count of the men who ate a couple of handfuls of nuts every day was, on average, 16 percent higher than those who didn’t. The quality, motility, and shape of their sperm also improved significantly, reports TheGuardian.com. “The results of our study could potentially help couples’ chances of conceiving,” says the study’s leader, Albert Salas-Huetos. Men’s reproductive health can be influenced by many factors, including a poor diet, smoking, pollution, and underlying health issues.