99 PROB­LEMS BUT A FAM­ILY AIN’T ONE

Sperm counts are fall­ing fast, but don’t fret: we have the scoop on boost­ing fer­til­ity

Men's Health (UK) - - Agenda -

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

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