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If you're trying to have a baby, or thinking about starting a family in a few years, you may want to start taking notes.

According to new research, your man should be chowing down on nuts (sorry boys) as they increase his sperm count. 

Researchers took 119 healthy males between the age of 18 and 35 and gave one group a portion of nuts whilst the other continued to eat as normal.

They found a 16 percent increase in sperm count from those who had the nuts.

Their sperm vitality also rose by 4 percent, sperm motility by 6 percent and sperm morphology by 1 percent.

The study was run in the Human Nutrition Unit of the Rovira i Virgili University in Spain, by lead author Dr Albert Salas-Huetos. 

Dr Albert says they embarked on the study in response to "pollution, smoking, and trends toward a western-style diet," which is impacting the quality and quantity of human sperm.

The results also concluded that those who ate nuts had a “significant” fall in sperm DNA fragmentation, which is crucial for successful fertilisation and normal embryo development.

Before you run out and stock up on the nuts and force-feed them to your partner, the author said more investigations need to take place before they can solidly conclude the benefits of the nuts when baby-making. 

“We can't yet say that based solely on the results of this study,” says Salas-Huetos.

During the 14-week study the men ate 60 grams of mixed almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts. 

Dr Albert did say that if you want to try for a baby, evidence points to a healthy diet aiding your chances of conception.

“But evidence is accumulating in the literature that healthy lifestyle changes such as following a healthy dietary pattern might help conception – and of course, nuts are a key component of a Mediterranean healthy diet," he said.

It's never too early to get his swimmers fighting fit!



A fertility doctor in Indiana in the United States has been accused of being the father to eight of his patients children… but that number could very well rise.

Dr Donald Cline, 77, has admitted to using his own sperm nearly 50 times for his patients who were trying to conceive throughout his career.

According to a new report, Dr Cline is facing two obstruction charges for lying to the authorities about using his own sperm instead of using the donations provided at the Reproductive Endocrinology Associates (REA) company in Indianapolis.

The investigation began when one of Donald's biological children took a saliva-based DNA test and found out that he was related to eight other people on the REA's database.

Two more of the doctor's alleged children followed suit and took a DNA test to find out they were all related.

According to an affidavit, Donald told the patients that sperm would not be used more than three times, but since the 1970s, he has used his own around 50 times. He also promised his patients at the time that all the sperm was donated by medical or dental residents or students.

After one of the eight alleged children created a petition on Change.org, the state started their investigation, during which Mr Cline denied ever using his own sperm.

However, the affidavit states that the paternity tests carried out last August showed Donald had a 99.9 percent probability of being the father of the woman who carried out the petition.

Dr Donald Cline retired from practice in 2009 and the investigation is still ongoing. More children are now being tested to find out if he is their father.