Eating fresh raspberries could provide a boost to male fertility, increasing the chances of a man fathering a child, a new study reveals.
The study was conducted by researchers at US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who found that the high levels of vitamin C in raspberries could boost male fertility while magnesium levels improves the production of testosterone. The berries could also play a key role in protecting the sperm from oxidative stress.
The researchers observed the effect of high intake of vitamin C, found in food items such as raspberries, broccoli and potatoes, in a group of men over 44 years of age and found that those with the highest intake of vitamin C had a 20 percent lower risk of damaging their sperm DNA compared to those had lower vitamin C intake. The researchers also found that high vitamin C intake also reduced the risk of miscarriages in women.
Stating that raspberries have not been given due recognition for the amount of nutrients that they provide, leading nutritionist Juliet Wilson said, "Alongside their many health benefits, raspberries are a perfect snack for couples trying to conceive. Together with their high vitamin C content - one portion of raspberries provides the same amount as 173 grapes - they are also a good source of folate, which is known to be essential in key stages of female fertility and early embryo development. Raspberries provide essential nutrients that are known to enhance fertility in men and women."