14 Feb 2019

TAURINE DEFICIENCY IN SPERM LINKED TO MALE INFERTILITY

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TAURINE DEFICIENCY IN SPERM LINKED TO MALE INFERTILITY

Japanese scientists at the University of Tsukuba have discovered that sperm with taurine deficiency had reduced morphology and were ten times more likely to become infertile. The taurine helps to prevent large changes in the shape of the sperm due to the regulation of water into the cell and is pivotal for male fertility.

The research revealed that the shape and structure of the sperm relied on the presence of taurine had once the sperm were in the genital tract. Without sufficient taurine, sperm are more than twice as likely to develop tail defects, which stops them from being able to move towards the egg.

Interestingly, the scientists also discovered that when the sperm cells were supplied with extra taurine, the tail defect disappeared, and the sperm were able to swim normally.

Taurine rich foods consist of meat, fish, shellfish, eggs and dairy products, so vegans and vegetarians are scientifically believed to be at higher risk of taurine deficiency.

 

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