- Eating 60 grams of nuts everyday leads to an increase in the amount of sperm, according to a recent study.
- The clinical study did research on 119 men over the course of 14 weeks to determine whether the habit of eating nuts would have impact on their sperm health.
- Researchers found that these mens’ sperm amount, shape, and motility improved when they ate a mix of almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts daily.
Nuts are touted for as a heart-healthy snack, but scientists have discovered an unexpected benefit when they are included in your diet: healthier sperm.
According to a new clinical trial, those who ate 60 grams of nuts every day in 14 weeks increased their sperm counts. Researchers from Rovira i Virgili University in Spain found that in addition to having more sperm, men who included nuts in their diet also had healthier sperm.
The researchers who implemented this study presented their findings at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology annual meeting this week, The Guardian reported.
For the research, 119 healthy guys between 18 and 35 years old were randomly separated into two groups. The first group continued their typical, Western-style eating habits, while the second one incorporated 60 grams a day of mixed almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts into their diet for 14 weeks. All men gave sperm and blood samples before and after the study, so researchers could determine whether the nuts had any impact on sperm health.
Turns out, guys who included nuts in their diet increased their sperm count by 16 percent, on average.
These men showed other modest improvements, too. The number of live, healthy sperm found in their semen samples increased by 4 percent, while sperm motilityincreased by 6 percent. Motility is important, because sperm that are better swimmers are more likely to implant and fertilize an egg.
Sperm shape, another factor associated with fertility, showed a slight improve in the study — by just one percent. Normal sperm typically have oval heads and long tails, so the more you have that fit this description, the more fertile you are.
Although lead study author Albert Salas-Huetos believes the results are significant, he noticed that there is still more research that needs to be done before almonds are used to treat infertility issues. The sample size was small and included younger men who consumed a Western-style diet, so the results aren’t representative of all guys. Neverthless, Salas-Huetos believes evidence is growing to show that healthy eating habits could have impact on your ability to have children.
“But evidence is accumulating in the literature that healthy lifestyle changes, such as if we follow a healthy dietary pattern, this might help conception, and of course, nuts are a key component of a Mediterranean healthy diet,” he said in a statement.
As MensHealth.com previously reported, nuts aren’t the merely food linked that could help your little swimmers. Shellfish, seafood, poultry, cereals, vegetables, fruit, and low fat dairy all have relation to higher-quality sperm.