Walnuts in the shell. image courtesy of http://www.anuts.com/

Walnuts in the shell. image courtesy of http://www.anuts.com/

I ran across a little tidbit today that is too good not to pass along. Kind of like the “apple a day keeps the doctor away,” here we have “a handful of walnuts a day keeps the fertility doctor away.” At least that is what some recent research published in the journal, Biology in Reproduction’s Papers-in-Press, says.

Eating 75 grams of walnuts a day improves the vitality, motility, and morphology of sperm in men aged 21 to 35 years old. All those things improve a sperm’s chances of making it to the intended target and fertilizing said egg. Obviously, this only applies to couples where it is the male having fertility issues, but that number is estimated to be

Raw walnuts. image courtesy of http://www.anuts.com/

Raw walnuts. image courtesy of http://www.anuts.com/

between 30 and 50 percent of subfertility and infertility issues with couples. That is a very significant percentage.

Walnuts were selected to increase intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids (also present in fish and fish oil and flax seed). Results were very promising, as noted above. Plus, walnuts are tasty and can be used in cooking a variety of dishes.


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