Welcome news to the estimated 70 million couples who experience forms of infertility, with an estimated 50 percent of whom attributable to the male partner. Biology of Reproduction's Papers-in-Press announced that eating 75 grams of walnuts a day improves the "vitality, motility, and morphology of sperm in healthy men aged 21 to 35."
Some studies have speculated that the quality of sperm in industrialized nations has declined, due to factors like pollution, poor diet/lifestyle habits.
But good news, guys: you can boost your sperm quality by consuming more polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), the best sources of which are fish and fish oil supplements, flax seed, and... walnuts.
So not the greatest news for men with tree nut allergies. Still, the study found that of more than a hundred healthy men between the ages of 21 and 35, over half who ate 75 grams of walnuts per day significantly improved the health of their sperm, reporting increased levels of omega-6 and omega-3 (ALA) fatty acids. (Researchers agreed on 75 grams, as this amount is enough to alter blood lipid levels without causing weight gain.)
So if you're struggling to make a baby with the man you love, sneak a few walnuts into his lunch. Hey, it can't hurt, right?
Health Canada, Gerber Legendary Blades, and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) have jointly recalled the Gerber® Bear Grylls Parang, sold separately or as one of the products in Gerber's Apocalypse Survival Kit, with the following model numbers:
The handle may detach from the blade, posing a laceration hazard.
While Health Canada received one report of injury, Gerber Legendary Blades received 24 reports of breakages, including one report of a laceration injury in Canada, which did not involve stitches.
Customers are advised to stop using the Parang machetes and contact Gerber Legendary Blades to receive a free replacement.
For further information, customers may contact Gerber Legendary Blades toll-free at 1-877-314-9130 between 9 AM and 5 PM PT Monday through Friday, or visit the company's website.
From January 2011 to June 2012, approximately 13,184 of the recalled Parang machetes were sold online and at sporting goods stores in Canada, and approximately 119,000 in the United States.
Annaleise Carr now holds the proud accolade of youngest person ever to swim across Lake Ontario. As she made it to the Toronto shore on Sunday night, after swimming more than 52km, it occurred to me that the 14 year old could teach people twice her age a thing or two about perseverance.
Having set off from Niagara on the Lake on Saturday evening, she plunged through waves up to 1.5 metres high and spent nearly 27 hours in the water to realize her dream.
From the small town of Walsh in southern Ontario, Carr swam to raise money for the childhood cancer support centre, Camp Trillium.
As commenters rightly pointed out via Twitter:
Ditto to that, and humongous kudos, Miss Carr, for providing so many kids with a worthy role model.