cheeseDairy products have been known as the natural foods to balance female hormones. The low fat milk products like low fat yogurt, low fat milk and cheese, etc, which are recommended to be added to a healthy diet and provide our body with all the nutrients they contain, are rich in natural estrogens essential for all women, especially to those in early menopause phase. A few years ago a group of Japanese scientists studied the nutritional values and the effects of milk coming from pregnant and not pregnant cows. In today’s dairy farms around the world cows are being milked up to 300 days a year, and very often the milk comes from pregnant cows. It turned out that dairy products produced from milk coming from pregnant cows are extremely high in female hormones: sometimes, milk that comes from cows on their latest phases of pregnancy has up to 33 times higher content of estrone sulfate compared to the milk coming from not pregnant cows.

According to the findings of a new study by an expert group from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, consuming two-three portions of cheese (an ounce) on a daily basis can be linked to decreased fertility in men. Eating a teaspoon of cream, a scoop of ice-cream or drinking a glass of full fat milk every day is linked to compromised ability of men to reproduce cause by low sperm quality. At that, the scientists are convinced that consuming even smaller amounts of dairy products regularly can result in decrease in men’s ability to become fathers, due to quite high concentrations of female hormones in modern dairy products Fertility In Menwhich can interfere with normal hormonal balance in a male body. These findings came out after the first in its kind study of the effects of dairy product on men: before there were concerns about negative effects of dairy product on a female body.

The scientists analyzed dietary habits of 189 healthy young men aged between 19 and 25. They all reported to be in a good health, following a healthy diet and exercise routine totaling one and a half our of exercise a week. They were asked to fill special questionnaires for scientists to monitor their consumption of fruit, vegetable, meat, dairy product, and other types of food. Also, the researchers checked out sperm quality of the participants, namely the shape of sperms and their traveling speed. It turned out that those men who consumed three and more portions of high fat dairy products like cheese or cream had up to 25 per cent lower sperm quality compared to reported to consume less dairy products. According to Myriam Afeiche, an expert from Department of Nutrition and the lead researcher of the Harvard School study group, the effects can possibly be explained by increased amounts of female hormone estrogen in cow milk and full fat dairy product which affect fertility in men.

Also, according to the study leader, the mentioned negative effects of mil on male fertility can be increased by great amounts of pesticides used for growing crops that cows eat, thus they find their way to dairy products we’re all consuming. ‘While it has been suggested that full-fat dairy products may negatively affect semen quality, very few studies have actually examined this question directly,” Afeiche said. This month, the findings are going to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in San Diego, California. At the same time, other experts, including Dr Allan Pacey from the University of Sheffield and Chairman of the British Fertility Society, underlined that the effects of increased high fat dairy consumption and its effects on fertility in men should not be a reason to totally give up on dairy products which are very important sources of calcium and natural protein. He said that there are much more important factors like being overweight which can decrease the chances of men to have children.

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