Folic acid - a boost for male fertility
quantity of sperm in men who suffer partial infertility, new
Increased consumption of folic acid may boost the quality and quantity of sperm in men who suffer partial infertility, new research suggests. Professor Bruce Ames at the University of California informed the World Life Science Forum in Lyon on Friday that research yet to be published demonstrates the importance of folic acid in the diet for high sperm counts in men, The Independent reports. Folic acid is a recommended food supplement for pregnant women as a precaution against the risk of certain birth defects but this is the first time it has been shown to have a potentially beneficial effect on male fertility. Folic acid appears to be able to prevent breaks in the chromosomes which may explain its sperm-boosting effects, Professor Ames said.