When you’re feeling hungry but your next meal is still hours away, a bowl of nuts is exactly the type of food you need. Not only will it satiate your hunger, it’ll improve your mood as well. And now, research reveals that nuts make more than just tasty snacks, a diet rich in nuts can actually improve the quality of your sperm!
More About The Study
Scientists from the Human Nutrition Unit of the Universitat Rovira i Virgil in Spain presented the findings of their study at the 34th annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology on July 4, 2018. The study was a 14-week randomised clinical trial in which 119 healthy young men aged 18-35 were allocated to either their usual western-style diet supplemented with 60 grams per day of mixed almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts or their usual western-style diet without nuts.
The researchers noted significantly higher levels of sperm count, vitality, motility and morphology (all measures of male fertility) in the men randomised to the 60 g per day nut diet than in those following their usual diets, free of nuts. Here are the facts and figures — a 16 per cent increase in sperm count, 4 per cent in sperm vitality, 6 per cent in sperm motility and 1 per cent in morphology was observed. Moreover, the subjects in the nut group also showed a significant reduction in their levels of sperm DNA fragmentation, a parameter closely associated with male infertility.
Why You Should Care
The implications of the study go beyond planned parenthood. These days, sperm is being used more and more as a diagnostic tool and it can reveal a lot about your health. The researchers revealed that sperm quality can decrease due to pollution, smoking and diets that do not include foods that promote sperm health.. Even the amount of stress that you’re under can have an impact!
So taking this easy (and delicious) step to boost your physical and mental health is really a no-brainer — add nuts to your diet right away!