Mar 20, 2008

Folic Acid helps in Healthy Sperm

Vitamin B (Folate or Folic Acid) can help in keeping men's sperm normal and increases the chance of fathering a healthy child. A team of researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, found that regular consumption of green vegetables, fruits and lentils, all containing folic acid, can protect men against producing abnormal sperm and kids with genetic abnormalities.

The team came to the conclusion after they analysed sperm samples from 89 healthy, non-smoking men, and quizzed them about their intake of zinc, folate, vitamin C, vitamin E and beta carotene.

In their study, the researchers from University of California found that men who consumed folate between 722 to 1150 micrograms a day, had 20 to 30 per cent lower levels of abnormal sperm than men with low folate intake.

It is estimated that up to four per cent of sperm in a healthy man carry either too many or too few chromosomes. This condition is known as aneuploidy which is linked to failure to conceive, miscarriages, and children born with conditions like Down's syndrome, Turner's syndrome and Klinefelter's syndrome. Men who ate the most zinc and beta-carotene also had fewer instances of some sperm abnormalities, but not aneuploidy. Link


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