Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Walnuts ‘improve sperm health’ by: – August 16, 2012 Could two handfuls of walnuts a day keep the fertility doctor away?Eating around two handfuls of walnuts a day improves sperm health in young men, a study in the journal Biology of Reproduction suggests.Sperm shape, movement and vitality improved in men who added walnuts to their diet over 12 weeks.The fatty acids found in these nuts are thought to have helped sperm development. It is not known if this would help improve male fertility. About one in six couples are infertile, with 40% of these due to a male factor. Dr Allan Pacey, senior lecturer in andrology at the University of Sheffield said: “It would be relatively easy to poke fun at studies like this, but there is increasing evidence to show that aspects of a man’s diet can affect the number and quality of sperm produced by his testicles.”The researchers say the next step is to work with couples who are attending infertility clinics to determine if placing sub-fertile men, with poor semen quality, on a walnut diet results in better success conceiving. It is thought that infertility in men may be a result of too few sperm being made, or that the sperm have poor swimming ability, size or shape. Walnut supplementThis study involved 117 men between the ages of 21 and 35, who were divided into two groups. One group added 2.6 ounces (75 grams) of whole-shelled walnuts to their daily diet. The other group continued their usual diet but avoided eating tree nuts. Both groups ate a typical Western-style diet.Lead author, Prof Wendie Robbins from UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health said: “We found a significant improvement in sperm parameters in the group that consumed the walnuts.Healthy sperm“The men who ate no tree nuts saw no change.”Sperm quality improved in terms of concentration, vitality, movement, shape and chromosome abnormalities.Dr Pacey said: “The study has been well executed and my only criticism would be that the men in the walnut-eating arm of the trial could have altered other aspects of their behaviour to give the results shown in the paper. “A better trial would be to produce tablets of walnut extract that looked identical to a placebo so that the study was completely blind. “In spite of this, the results of the study show a small but statistically significant improvement in sperm health.”These benefits may be down to the fatty acids in the nuts. Co-author Catherine Carpenter, from the UCLA Centre for Human Nutrition said: “Walnuts provide a particularly rich source of a-linolenic acid, a natural plant source of omega-3, which we suspect may have been responsible for the improvements we observed.”The walnuts for the study were supplied by the California Walnut Commission and the study was funded by the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health’s Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health.BBC News Share Tweet 12 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring!
Submit Share Kindred Group has been named as the first commercial Community Partner of the European Football Development Network (EFDN), which will see the two ‘promote the power of football as a tool for social development.’The announcement comes as the betting and gaming group builds upon its initial agreement made in Spring 2019, which saw Kindred sponsor EFDN’s ‘Active Fans’ programme. The enhanced partnership has been seen as a ‘natural step forward’ for Kindred.Henrik Tjärnström, CEO of Kindred Group, commented: “We are very proud and excited to be a part of the EFDN network. We feel that the work EFDN do is very important and aligns well with Kindred values.“We truly believe that this will be a successful partnership where we will be able to build great things together. For example, we will share our knowledge and experience by developing and implementing an anti-match fixing programme to the extensive network of EFDN member clubs.”EFDN consists of a network of professional football clubs, leagues and Football Associations across Europe who collaborate in promoting community-focused and social responsibility initiatives.Hubert Rovers, CEO of EFDN added: “We are proud to present Kindred as our first commercial Community partner. There is a natural fit between EFDN and Kindred as we both share the love for football and are leaders in our industries in terms of taking responsibility for the community and in contributing to sustainability.“Kindred uses a new sustainability-driven framework for sponsorships and promotes community initiatives through its partnerships with clubs and leagues. At EFDN, we strive to raise the quality and impact of community programmes through knowledge exchange and collaboration.“Together with Kindred, we will further develop the social power of football and will not only promote values like Fair Play and respect, but also education, diversity, social cohesion, and physical activity.“Through our partnership, we are certain that we can make a long-term contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and inspire other stakeholders in football to become more sustainable.” Share Related Articles Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity July 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk August 10, 2020
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