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Antioxidants Boost Male Urinary Tract Health and Fertility

Antioxidants from dietary (but not supplemental) sources may reduce a man's risk of developing lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) by up to 50 percent. The highest intakes of lycopene, beta-carotene, or vitamin A were associated with a 40 to 50 percent reduction in the risk of LUTS.

In related news, antioxidants may also help improve male fertility. A review of existing data found that a couple was more likely to have a pregnancy or live birth if the man took certain vitamins or other antioxidants.

According to BBC News:

"Some [fertility] clinics advocate the use of antioxidants, which are natural and synthetic chemicals, including certain vitamins and minerals ... The use of antioxidants is based on the theory that free radicals -- highly reactive atoms with an odd number of electrons -- can cause damage to the DNA in sperm, which is vital for creating an embryo."

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