Zinc’s importance in fertility is shown yet again!
Research into nutrition and nutrients is increasing and increasing fast. The realisation that the quality of your sex cells will be determined by your nutrient and nutritional intake is starting to be recognised. There are obviously a myriad of factors that will influence the quality of your sex cells, including sperm and egg cells.
However, your nutrient intake will determine the structure of these cells and it is the starting point for correcting infertility. The results of Pillar Healthcare’s study are in and the results will demonstrate this (to be published in February – email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more now).
Sparks literally fly when a sperm and an egg hit it off. The fertilised mammalian egg releases from its surface billions of zinc atoms in “zinc sparks,” one wave after another, a Northwestern University-led interdisciplinary research team has found.
Using cutting-edge technology they developed, the researchers are the first to capture images of these molecular fireworks and pinpoint the origin of the zinc sparks: tiny zinc-rich packages just below the egg’s surface.
Zinc fluctuations play a central role in regulating the biochemical processes that ensure a healthy egg-to-embryo transition, and this new unprecedented quantitative information should be useful in improving in vitro fertilisation methods.
“The amount of zinc released by an egg could be a great marker for identifying a high-quality fertilised egg, something we can’t do now,” said Teresa K. Woodruff, an expert in ovarian biology and one of two corresponding authors of the study. “If we can identify the best eggs, fewer embryos would need to be transferred during fertility treatments. Our findings will help move us toward this goal.”
Zinc is equally important for the quality and structure of both sperm and egg cells. Zinc is also important for the production and management of both male and female hormones. Even if you think you have a diet high in zinc, a 30mg supplement should be considered, possibly with some copper, around 3mg. Zinc helps to create one of the most important antioxidant enzymes, SuperOxide Dismutase, which is key in protecting sperm cells on its journey to the fallopian tubes.
The study establishes how eggs compartmentalize and distribute zinc to control the developmental processes that allow the egg to become a healthy embryo. Zinc is part of a master switch that controls the decision to grow and change into a completely new genetic organism.
The studies reported in Nature Chemistry are the culmination of six years of work.
According to a 1995 National Food Survey, nine out of 10 people are grossly deficient in this essential mineral. This is because many foods are stripped in the process of being refined, and because of depletion of the soil due to intensive farming. Wheat, for example, contains zinc, but 80 per cent is removed in the manufacture of bread to extend its shelf life. (Daily Mail)
However, a study by the University of Surrey gives hope that ‘unexplained infertility’ is not as inexplicable as previously believed. It shows that couples with a history of infertility, can achieve a phenomenal 80 per cent success rate if they alter their lifestyle, diet and take nutritional supplements.
Common Food Sources of Zinc are:
- Pumpkin seeds
- Whole grains
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