15 October 2013, 11:58

Bacon decreases sperm numbers, fish increases it – research

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One portion of bacon can cause harm to a man’s fertility while white fish, such as cod, every other day can increase it, according to research results. The Harvard University study, took 156 men who had problems conceiving with their partners. The participants’ diet was then analyzed along with the size and form of their sperm.

Scientists discovered that men who ate meat which was processed had drastically lower amounts of normal sperm. On the other hand, men who ate very little bacon, sausages and hamburgers saw the opposite. To illustrate, those who had a half or whole portion of bacon a day had 30 percent more normal sperm than men who consumed larger quantities of processed meat.

In contrast, men who ate white fish every other day had a unique advantage over men who rarely ate fish such as cod or halibut. "We found that processed meat intake was associated with lower semen quality and fish was to higher semen quality," Dr. Myriam Afeiche, from the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health, said.

Fertility expert Dr. Allan Pacey said it was already known that a healthy diet could improve male fertility, but it was less clear whether specific foods could be blamed for a deterioration in sperm quality.

"The relationship between diet and men's fertility is an interesting one and there is convincing evidence that men who eat more fresh fruit and vegetables have better sperm than men who don't. However, less is known about the fertility of men with poor diet," Dr. Pacey said.

Voice of Russia, Brisbane Times


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