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First study to investigate the effect of father’s diet on chromosomal abnormalities in sperm reveals link with folate – a vitamin B

20 March 2008

Researchers writing in Human Reproductionhave found an association between a vitamin found in leafy green vegetables, fruit and pulses and levels of chromosomal abnormalities in men’s sperm. Men who consumed high levels of folate (a water-soluble B vitamin that occurs naturally in food) and folic acid (the synthetic form of the vitamin) tended to have lower levels of abnormal sperm where a chromosome had been lost or gained (known as aneuploidy).

From the paper The association of folate, zinc and antioxidant intake with sperm aneuploidy in healthy non-smoking men, S.S. Young, B. Eskenazi, F.M. Marchetti, G. Block and A.J. Wyrobek

Published in Human Reproduction, Advanced Access, 19th March 2008

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