- The introduction of omega-3 fatty acids
in the diet may help in restoring fertility
in males, a new study says.
The three most nutritionally important omega-3
fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid, eicosapentaenoic
acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
our experiment, we used 'knockout' mice
that lacked the gene responsible for an
enzyme important in making docosahexaenoic
acid (DHA)," said Manabu Nakamura,
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
(UI-UC) associate professor of food science
and human nutrition.
the absence of DHA, male mice are basically
infertile, producing few if any misshaped
sperm that can’t get where they need
to go," said Nakamura.
looked at sperm count and shape and tested
the breeding success rate, and the mice
lacking DHA simply were not able to breed,"
said Manuel Roqueta-Rivera, UI-UC doctoral
student who also worked on the study.
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