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Carrots Improve Sperm Health
November 5, 2013
Remember the old adage that carrots will help your eyesight? While they disproved that myth, a recent study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility found that carrots will improve sperm motility by 6.5% to 8%. Increased motility was found in men with a higher concentration of beta carotene. Beta carotene comes from the Greek beta and Latin carota (carrot). It gives fruits and vegetables their bright yellow/orange color. Beta carotene is a precursor of Vitamin A, and when sourced from whole foods the body will only convert as much as it needs. However, if supplements are taken, it is possible to take too much which can cause toxicity. Excessive beta carotene will turn skin yellow or orange.
Lycopene, also a carotenoid, was shown to increase sperm morphology. Lycopene, found in carrots, tomatoes watermelon, apricots pink grapefruit and papaya, is responsible for red pigmentation. Cooking and crushing tomatoes is known to increase the absorption of lycopene into the digestive tract. On average, watermelon was found to have 40% more lycopene than tomatoes, but it may be limited due to its seasonal availability.
Average sperm count has decreased by more than half in western countries. Western diets have typically been lower in fruits and vegetables than Eastern countries.
This study of beta carotene and lycopene, both antioxidants, was titled “Semen Quality in Relation to Antioxidant Intake in Healthy Male Population” was published October 2013. It gathered data from 200 college-age men across Rochester, NY.
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