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Folic Acid Prevents Sperm Defects In Men

Men Need Folic Acid Too

While there has been a lot of focus on how women of childbearing age should make sure they are getting enough folic acid, there has been little talk about men and folate. Until now.

New research has found that men who are thinking about becoming fathers should also be sure they're getting enough folic acid, since the folates that prevent birth defects when consumed by women may also help keep men's sperm normal. Specifically, it was found that men with a higher folate intake had fewer abnormal sperm in which a chromosome had been lost or gained, known as aneuploidy that can cause failure to conceive, up to a third of miscarriages, and children to be born with Down syndrome and other rare chromosomal syndromes.

So if you're looking to conceive anytime soon then hopefully you and your man are getting at least 400 mg a day of folic acid. You can get your folic acid through a supplement or naturally in some foods.


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smart-blonde smart-blonde 8 years
I'm still wondering if women of childbearing age who have no intention of bearing children (and please don't tell me it "might happen;" I was sterilized two years ago) need more folic acid than what's in a standard multivitamin. Answers? Anyone?
Pnut Pnut 8 years
I would not be hasty to recommend men take folic acid, as there have been several studies released that suggest that men consuming more folic acid are at increased risk for certain cancers, including colorectal and prostate. Here are some links for people who are interested : ... the second, is the press release that I found in following up on the aforementioned information:
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Good to know. I read somewhere to it can help with hair loss.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
In a few months, when hubby and I start trying for a kiddo, I'll be sure to make him eat his spinach and pop a multi every day. I definitely want him to have normal sperm. As for myself, I'm already taking a prenatal vitamin with plenty of folate in it!
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
Good to know we have been having quite a lot of spinach.
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