Could The Meat Men Eat Affect Reproduction?

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When it comes to conception, could the meat you eat play a crucial role in its success? Because, while eating a Philly cheesesteak might seem like a trivial choice, a new study published online in the Journal of Nutrition indicates that it could actually impact later generations. That’s because, according to study researchers, there seems to be a strong correlation between consuming red meat and sperm quality- and it’s not a positive correlation, either. The relationship appears especially strong with processed red meat.

Analyzing how diet affects semen quality started with scientists tracking 155 men who attended a fertility clinic during an 18-month time span. While eating higher amounts of red meat didn’t appear to impact semen quality that much, consuming higher amounts of processed red meat was especially linked with a lower percentage of normal sperm.

However, there does appear to be a simple way to fight this meaty issue. For example, switching out your red meat for fish not only is better for everyone- it helps save your sperm, too, guys. In the same study, researchers realized that both greater sperm counts and higher amounts of normal sperm was found in regular fish eaters. They also realized that replacing two servings of processed red meat each week with two servings of omega-3-rich fish could raise healthy sperm levels by a whopping 60 percent.

And it’s not just burgers and lunch meat that’s been afflicting the quality of your sperm, as you should watch out for these sperm-disruptors as well.

Unfortunately, researchers admit that they aren’t totally sure how processed meat continues to affect men’s sperm health- though they do suggest that preservatives and hormones could play a major part.

Even if it’s not red meat, these 11 things could also be wrecking your sex drive.



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