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Saturated Fat Reduces Sperm in Men

February 14, 2013
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A preliminary study examined how the consumption of total fat, saturated fat and unsaturated fat impacted sperm count and concentration in men. Researchers found that “higher total fat intake was negatively related to total sperm count and concentration.”

In addition, men in the highest third of total fat intake had less than half the total sperm count and less than 40% the sperm concentration of men in the lowest third of total fat intake. Not surprisingly “higher intake of omega-3 polyunsaturated fats was related to a more favorable sperm morphology (sperm of normal character).” Men in the highest third of omega-3 fatty acids had almost double the sperm morphology than men in the lowest third.

With so much now known about the importance of omega-3 fatty acids, it is a wonder that anyone isn’t paying attention to their inclusion in their diet. What you eat can and will impact your life in ways you may not recognize.

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3 Responses to “ Saturated Fat Reduces Sperm in Men ”

  1. Snairad on February 18, 2013 at 7:36 am

    How do you know what cavemen ate? Did you sample a large group of cavemen and asked them what they ate? This article is not vilifying fat, it further proves that the fat consumed needs to be balanced not eliminated.

  2. Dr. Jared Plemon on February 18, 2013 at 6:58 am

    I totally agree with Dr. Carrano. Saturated fats have been villainized unjustly for decades while other substances have been given a pass. Unfortunately, when most people consume saturated fat, it is often accompanied by grains and processed sugar, but of course it’s the fat that is the cause of all of our problems.

    Furthermore, these studies do not factor in the “quality” of the saturated fat consumed. I guarantee the majority of the saturated fat came from grain-fed animals that are also injected with steroids, antibiotics, and given other drugs, such as anti-depressants to make them “happier” so they will eat more. Google “prozac and chickens.”

    No one macronutrient is the cause (or cure) for disease. Food quality is paramount. If it comes in a box, it is not food. It is a food “product.”

  3. Dr. Joe Carrano on February 17, 2013 at 7:51 am

    This is a ridiculous statement! Saturated fat is essential to the heart and human body. The fact that plastic hides in fat cells could be the real problem here. When plastic is in mens bodies it mimics our hormones and thus reduces the output and this in turn reduces sperm production.
    I am so tired of these studies that are misleading and inaccurate. I am not getting on you but someone needs to understand the bodies physiology before they make these claims.
    Also, think about this what did cavemen live on: meat and fat most of the time. How was their sperm count?

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