Studying nearly 3,000 young men, the researchers found that the Western diet irreversibly reduced men’s sperm count.
A recent study; revealed that the reproductive ability of young men who consume a lot of fast food products such as high-fat (pizza, french fries, etc.) processed foods is irreversibly damaged when they reach the age of 18.
The same research; showed that a diet rich in fish, chicken, vegetables and fruits increased sperm levels. Men’s sperm count has been declining over the past few decades. Various studies in this area point to malnutrition as the reason for this decrease. But previous research has focused on men in their late 20s, 30s and 40s. This new research by Harvard University indicates that a man who is malnourished while growing up may be less likely to become a father throughout his life.
Experts believe that processed foods devoid of antioxidants expose the cells that produce sperm to ‘oxidative stress’ and ultimately destroy them. One of the experts on the subject, University of Sheffield Professor Allan Pacey, said: “Eating poorly at a young age can have dire consequences that will stick with you for the rest of your life.” says. Harvard researchers analyzed data from nearly 3,000 men for this study. The average age was 19, as these men were men who had started their military service in the Danish Armed Forces and passed a medical examination.
The best nutrition for sperm health ‘measured’ nutrition
As a result of the answers given to the questions about eating habits, 4 different nutrition types were determined. First; Western diet, which generally includes red meat, processed meat, sugary/fatty foods and beverages. Latter; a moderate diet that includes mostly chicken, fish, vegetables and fruit. Third, cold; ‘Smørrebrød’ (a kind of Scandinavian sandwich) diet consisting of processed meat, whole grains, mayonnaise, cold fish, condiments and dairy products. Fourth, a traditional vegetarian diet with lots of vegetables, soy milk and eggs.
“Men see sperm count as a measure of masculinity”
As a result of the research, it was seen that the best diets in terms of sperm health were moderate diet, vegetarian diet, Smørrebrød diet and finally Western diet. Although a person can improve their sperm health by improving their diet over time, the damage is thought to be irreversible. “You wouldn’t believe how sensitive young men are to things that can affect their sperm count,” said Dr Jorge Chavarro, the lead researcher. Because they see it as a measure of masculinity. In fact, this may lead them to turn to healthier foods.” says. The research is presented at the conference held at the European Society of Reproductive and Embryology (ESHRE) in Vienna.
There is another interesting research on sperm health. Research presented last October indicates that men produce the strongest sperm in the fall and spring months. The reason for this may be that men want to do more sports during these months and the days are longer.
A group of researchers working at Harvard University conducted a study in which they examined 3,000 men with an average age of 19. The research revealed that the sperm counts of teenagers who ate fast food were irreversibly damaged by the time they reached the age of 18. According to the research, the best diet for sperm health is ‘measured’ nutrition. Moderate nutrition is expressed as a diet consisting of chicken, fish, vegetables and fruits.