Now, a new study suggests that folate or folic acid may also be important
In the study, 89 healthy U.S. men provided sperm samples and completed
surveys about their diets and vitamin supplement
Sperm with chromosomal abnormalities called aneuploidy were rare for all of
the men, but they were 18% to 30% rarer in men who reported high folate or
folic acid intake.
The study doesn't prove that folate or folic acid prevents aneuploidy. More
studies are needed to confirm the findings, note the researchers, who included
Brenda Eskenazi, PhD, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley's
School of Public Health.
Meanwhile, you can find folate in leafy green vegetables such as spinach,
beans, peas (including black-eyed peas), and fruits (including citrus fruits
In the U.S., folic acid is added to enriched breads, cereals, flours, corn
meals, pastas, rice, and other grain products. Some breakfast cereals and other
products are also fortified with folic acid.