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Omega-3 Deficiency May Result In Temporary Male Infertility

April 19, 2010 by  

Omega-3 deficiency may result in temporary male infertilityAccording to a recent University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign study, consuming foods high in omega-3 fatty acids may help treat temporary male infertility.

In the study, a group of investigators led Manabu Nakamura, an associate professor of food science and human nutrition at the university, used a mouse model to examine the role that omega-3 docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) plays in male fertility.

After depriving the subjects of DHA by shutting off a gene responsible for the creation of the enzyme, the researchers found that mice produced fewer sperm.

"We looked at sperm count, shape, and motility and tested the breeding success rate, and the mice lacking DHA simply were not able to breed," said Manuel Roqueta-Rivera, a doctoral student who also worked on the study.

However, once the mice were fed a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids, their fertility was quickly restored.

Dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids include vegetable oil, canola oil, flaxseed and English walnuts. They are also available in certain fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna and sardines.

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  • rene escobedo

    We are not going anywhere until the banks that got us in this mortgage inflation take the loss and the government force them to re-finance all the bad mortgages to the present market value. They got the money from the tax payers but they are not doing nothing but denying loans just because people got behind on their payments.The people are leaving their homes go into foreclosure making worse. By lowering home mortgages payments people will have more money on their pockets to buy goods that are made here in the U. S. get our economy back on the road.

  • Hettie Yonemura

    Infertility is the decreased ability or inability to conceive and have offspring. Infertility is also defined in specific terms such as inability to conceive after one year of regular intercourse without contraception. irreversible infertility is also known as infertility. Male infertility occurs when the man’s partner can not conceive after a year of trying to become pregnant. Other signs and symptoms depend on the underlying cause of male infertility.


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