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Study finds moderate wine drinking leads to healthier sperm

A research team at the Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine in Lodz, Poland has found that lifestyles can influence reproductive health in males.

The research, published in the latest issue of Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine, found that men who drink wine up to three times per week create stronger sperm. The findings contradict recent research in the UK that found modifiable lifestyle choices, such as alcohol and tobacco consumption, do not impact sperm health.

In the Polish study, the sperm were stronger, with more powerful necks, when the men drank wine in moderation regularly.  Stronger sperm are better swimmers, thus increasing the chance of fertilisation.

“The results of the study suggest that lifestyle factors may affect semen quality,” the study, published in the latest issue of Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine, concluded.

Increased leisure time, light coffee drinking and the wearing of boxer shorts also improved reproductive strength, researchers discovered. However, the study found that regular use of a mobile phone for more than a decade decreased the mobility of sperm.

Source: Lifestyle and semen quality: role of modifiable risk factors. Jurewicz J, Radwan M, Sobala W, Ligocka D, Radwan P, Bochenek M, Hanke W. Syst Biol Reprod Med. 2013 Sep 30.

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