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Enjoying a serving of nuts is known to support heart, brain and skin health, and new research shows this crunchy snack could also help men suffering with fertility issues.
Results from a 14-week Spanish study by the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology found improvements in parameters linked to male fertility in subjects who added 60 grams (about 2 ounces) of mixed nuts to a regular Western-style diet. Researchers evaluated 119 healthy, male subjects between the ages of 18 and 35 and split them into two groups. The men who consumed the same diet but remained nut-free did not show changes to their fertility.
Significant improvements in sperm count, vitality, motility and morphology were seen in nut consuming subjects, as were reductions in levels of sperm DNA fragmentation – a factor associated with impaired fertility.
While these results seem promising, one of the caveats of the study was that the participants were all healthy and without known fertility challenges.
Given that a growing number of men are experiencing a decline in sperm quality and quantity linked to factors such as pollution and poor diet, further research is needed on men with known fertility issues to determine if the dietary addition of nuts is truly beneficial in this area.
EAT IT UP: This study recommends 60 grams of mixed almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts a day. Nuts are always a great choice for a clean snack whether you’re looking to improve your fertility or not.