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MTHFR polymorphism– folic acid or 5MTHFR which is best? (Part 2)

Yvonne Gattung B.Soc.Sci, DipMedHerb, MNZAMH, Natural Fertility Specialist Continuing the discussion from part 1, folic acid or 5MTHFR which is the best form to take? 4. Folic Acid Blocks Natural Folates and Causes Pseudo MTHFR? A study working on gene-nutrient interaction found that high folic acid consumption through diet leads to pseudo MTHFR deficiency when […]

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A History of Herbal Medicine

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Coenzyme Q 10 and Fertility

Coenzyme Q 10, often referred to as CoQ10, supplies the mitochondrial energy for the metabolic requirements of the body, including both the egg and sperm. Scientists believe CoQ10 also functions as an antioxidant that blocks actions that can damage cells. The body’s available supply of CoQ10 decreases with age and getting it from food presents […]

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Vegetarians have much lower sperm counts

by Sarah Knapton Science Editor, at the ASRM conference in Hawaii A diet rich in fruit and vegetables may harm fertility, say researchers at Loma Linda University Medical School.  Vegetarians and vegans may be harming their chance of having children after a study found that men who do not eat meat have significantly reduced sperm […]

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The secret to better sperm? A handful of nuts

Researchers in Milan are attempting to prove that consuming small daily quantities of almonds or walnuts could have a significant effect on sperm quality.  Doctors in Italy believe they may have found the secret to boosting male fertility. A handful of nuts. Experts at the Azienda Ospedaliera Citta della Salute e della Scienza di Torino, […]

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Too much coffee damages fertility for men

By Sarah Knapton Science Editor, at the ASRM conference in Hawaii Drinking too much coffee can radically reduce a man’s ability to father children, a study has found.  Men who drank two or more cups of strong coffee a day had just a one in five chance of becoming fathers through IVF.  However, for those […]

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Sperm Wars

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MTHFR – Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase – Part 2

MTHFR How many types are there? There are two different genes identified for this mutation. It is possible to be ‘heterozygous’,’compound heterozygous’, or ‘homozygous’. The MTHFR gene mutation has varying degrees of possible implications for the five different possible combinations. Heterozygous means one copy from one parent, (one of either C677T or A1298C) homozygous means […]

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Sperm come under our spotlight today with two studies

There is potential for heavy metals to affect sperm quality.  In a recent cross sectional study of 20 environmentally exposed men and 27 men who were control (no exposure) showed that exposure to lead is related to a decrease in the quality of semen.  Count, motility and morphology were all affected, with sperm morphology being […]

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