Eating nuts could boost male fertility

A diet rich in nuts could improve male fertility the study suggests

The team believe that could be because nuts are rich in omega-3, folate and antioxidants such as selenium, vitamin C and E, and zinc.

Some of the individuals were assigned to resume their typical western-style diet which did not include nuts, while the others consumed 60 grams of mixed almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts per day.

The findings of the study were presented at a meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE 2018) in Barcelona.

Although these are statistically significant results from a randomized trial with a high level of scientific evidence, Salas-Huetos emphasized that subjects in the study were all healthy and apparently fertile men following a western-style diet.

This comes after a study last year that found there was a significant general decline in men's sperm counts - about 1.6% a year - in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand between 1973 and 2011.

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The 14-week study involved 119 men aged 18-35. Nuts are part of the Mediterranean diet that is considered to be the healthiest diet for the heart, blood vessels and other organs.

All of these factors help with male fertility, study author Dr. Albert Salas-Huetos of the Human Nutrition Unit of the Universitat Rovira i Virgil in Reus said in a statement.

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

Improvements in the former group were by around 16 per cent in sperm count, four per in sperm vitality, six per cent in sperm movement, and one per cent in morphology. This parameter is suggested as something that is often associated with male infertility.

All of these are the parameters the World Health Organization lists as measurements of sperm quality and are associated with male fertility.

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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.

Nuts are important for improving sperm count says study.

According to Salas-Huetos one of the limitations of the study was the inclusion of healthy males with normal fertility.

"Evidence is accumulating in the literature that healthy lifestyle changes such as following a healthy dietary pattern might help conception", Salas-Huetos writes.

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