High Folic Acid Helps Sperm Stay Healthy

Published: September 30, 2012

In a study involving 89 otherwise healthy men, results indicate that high folate intake may lower frequencies of several types of genetic defects in sperm that contribute to birth defects and miscarriages. The men who had the highest intake of folate—722 to 1,150 micrograms a day—had a 20-30% lower frequency of sperm abnormalities, compared to men who consumed less folate. The authors of this study conclude, "Men with high folate intake had lower overall frequencies of several types of aneuploid sperm."

A good multivitamin powder supplies 800 mcg of folic acid.


"The association of folate, zinc and antioxidant intake with sperm aneuploidy in healthy non-smoking men," Young SS, Eskenazi B, et al, Hum Reprod, 2008 Mar 19; [Epub ahead of print]. 

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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