Effects of Aluminium on Sperm

Three articles have been published recently after research in the Journal of Reproductive Toxicology carried out on the effects of aluminium on sperm count and quality.  The first in Medical Express, one in Science World Report and the last in the Irish Examiner.

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All three articles state that male fertility, specifically sperm count, has fallen over the last few decades and this decline has usually been put down to lifestyle factors and hormone disruptors (mainly from certain types of plastics).  Human exposure to aluminium has also increased over a similar period and scientists are now wondering whether the two are linked.

The latest research shows that the higher the presence of aluminium in semen samples, the lower the sperm count.  Aluminium was found in the semen and even inside the head of the sperm (the part that carries all the genetic information and fertilizes the egg).

Aluminium can be absorbed via your household pots and pans. It is popular for cookware because it is inexpensive and lightweight. For years, some have alleged that aluminum cookware could be a cause of headaches, colitis and indigestion especially when acidic foods, such as tomatoes and okra, are cooked in aluminum cookware. Use of steel utensils on aluminum cookware can cause additional toxicity by scraping aluminum into food.

Beer and soft drink cans are made exclusively from aluminum. Since these drinks are often highly acidic, even one beer or cola drink per day can lead to aluminum toxicity in susceptible individuals over a period of time. Many common antacids, such as Gaviscon, and some make-up also contain aluminium, as do most ant-perspirants.

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image: hairmineralanalysis.co.uk

At the Natural Fertility Centre we often use a test called Hair Mineral Analysis to assess levels of toxins in the body.  Levels of lead, mercury and aluminium are shown as well as other important minerals such as selenium, copper and zinc.  For patients with recurrent miscarriage or 'unexplained' infertility, these tests can be invaluable.  They are followed up by our nutritionist who will explain the data to couples and explain how to eliminate toxins and balance the vital minerals for successful conception and pregnancy.  Send us an email or give us a call if you want to know more .....