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Eggs: The Sign of Fertility

by 5m Editor
10 April 2008, at 2:10pm

AUSTRALIA - A new study confirms that men require a source of folate in their diet in order to keep their sperm healthy. According to nutritionalists, eating egg based diets, such as quiche, fulfil the daily requirements ideally.

The study discovered that men who had a healthy folate intake between 772-1150mcg a day were seen to have 20-30% less sperm abnormalities than those with the lowest folate intake.


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"When it comes to men, including eggs in the diet is an ideal way to help meet their daily intake of folate."
Sharon Natoli, Accredited Practising Dietitian and Founding Director of Food & Nutrition Australia.

Folate, normally associated with women and the early stages of pregnancy, plays a vital role in making DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) and RNA (Ribonucleic Acid). Both DNA and RNA are essential for the development and production of new cells.

When it comes to men, dietary folate helps prevent chromosomal abnormalities in their sperm and keeps their genes healthy and strong.

“When it comes to men, including eggs in the diet is an ideal way to help meet their daily intake of folate as one serve (two large eggs) provides 48% of the recommended daily amount”, said Sharon Natoli, Accredited Practising Dietitian and Founding Director of Food & Nutrition Australia.

Not having enough folate in the diet not only affects sperm, but it can also affect general health. A lack of folate can lead to megaloblastic anaemia which can cause shortness of breath, fatigue, heartburn and a sore mouth.

Folate can also help lower the level of homocysteine in the blood, which is important as high homocysteine levels have been associated with an increased risk of heart disease.

5m Editor