Antioxidant-rich food can improve male fertility

Antioxidant rich food, such as carrots, can improve male fertility

By Colleen Reid,, Tuesday 20th July

Men who eat mangos, almonds and sweet potatoes have healthier sperm which increases their fertility, according to a new study.

The study, which was tested on crickets in the University of West Australia, has found a link between reduction of sperm damage and powerful antioxidants, Vitamin E and beta-carotene.

Sperm of the crickets were pitted against eachother in competition to fertilize the female egg. Some were on antioxidant-rich diets whilst others weren’t. The crickets who consumed the antioxidants performed much better than the others.

The study was led by Dr Maria Almbro and Winthrop Professor Leigh Simmons, from the University of West Australia and Dr Damian Dowling, from Monash University. The study was published in the prestigious journal, Ecology Letters.

Antioxidant-rich foods to try

Vitamin E can be found in:

  • almonds
  • soybean oil
  • mangos
  • nuts
  • broccoli

Foods rich in beta-carotene include:

  • carrots
  • squash
  • apricots
  • pumpkin
  • mangos
  • Spinach

Source: UWA

Photography: Liz West @Flickr


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