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Older Men Who Take Their Vitamins Have Healthier Sperm

August 27, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
U.S. researchers have found that men older than age 44 who consumed the most vitamins C and E, zinc and folate had 20 percent less sperm DNA damage than those who consumed the least. The findings were based on an analysis of 80 healthy male volunteers between the ages of 22 and 80. According to the researchers, consuming greater quantities of micronutrients – either from  supplements or their diet – “helps turn back the clock for older men,” who generally have an increased risk of sperm DNA damage. The research comes as more men over 35 have children, which raises public health concerns, the scientists said.
Thomas E. Schmid et al., "Micronutrients intake is associated with improved sperm DNA quality in older men", Fertility and Sterility, August 27, 2012, © American Society for Reproductive Medicine
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