99 PROBLEMS BUT A FAMILY AIN’T ONE
Sperm counts are falling fast, but don’t fret: we have the scoop on boosting fertility
As any TV advert for Magnum will amply demonstrate, ice cream can be seductive stuff. And, if you’re thinking of starting a family, you may want to turn your summer fling with a 99 Flake into a year-round love affair. According to a study from the University of Tsukuba in Japan, the amino acid taurine, found in dairy products such as ice cream (and other aphrodisiacs including oysters and, er, turkey bologna), could boost your fertility well into middle age.
In a rodent study, the researchers found that a deficiency in cysteine dioxygenase, the protein that produces the amino acid, made mice ten times more likely to be infertile. A lack of taurine put sperm cells at risk of developing a dysfunctional tail – bad news when reaching the egg requires a self-propelled journey equivalent to a cross- Channel swim. However, they discovered that a plentiful supply of taurine could reverse this defect. Another study in the Journal of Biomedical Science found that a taurine supplement stimulated the production of testosterone in rats, working as an antioxidant in the testes to improve overall sperm quality.
Fertility has long been considered a primarily female issue, but the attention is rightly shifting to men. With average sperm counts falling by 52% in the past four decades, it’s time you grabbed the responsibility of family planning by the balls. Now, will it be one scoop or two?
PUT THE DECLINE OF YOUR SPERM QUALITY ON ICE