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Harmful Effect Of Alcohol on the Male Reproductive System

Alcohol and Reproductive health (exclusively for men)
Many studies have shown that excessive alcohol intake is bad for
general health, but a few have shown it’s impact on reproductive health,
except at very high levels.. A study conducted by the dept of Urology
at the University of Stanford School of medicine confirmed that although
men drinking the most alcohol- 40 units or more- had lower sperm counts, the most surprising finding was seen even in men drinking as little as five units a week.

A second study found that drinking a lot of alcohol was linked to a
higher risk of contracting human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually
transmitted disease. HPV can lead to head, neck, penile and anal cancers
in men according to the U.S National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Alcohol also affects the immune system adversely, leading to increased susceptibility of viral infection.
Given the known health impacts of excessive drinking, these new studies
provide newer risk factors for alcohol consumption, therefore
moderation is probably best.

Also, alcohol can also affect the Leydig cells in the testes. This is responsible for the production of testosterone hormone.

Studies found that heavy alcohol consumption results in reduced testosterone levels in the blood. Alcohol also impairs the function of the testicular Sertoli cells that play an important role in sperm maturation. In the pituitary gland, alcohol can decrease the production, release, and/or activity of two hormones with critical reproductive functions, luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone. Finally, alcohol can interfere with hormone production in the hypothalamus.

 

Sources: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/15706796/

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Health Benefits Of Snails

Our crawly neighbour’s are more than just slimy reservoirs of protein. They make a great substitute for regular red meat. Here are some recently discovered reasons to gobble them up!:
1.) Recent studies have found that an average snail contains a glycoprotein which is believed to have cancer fighting properties.
2.) The mucous exuded by these creatures contain a copper compund which helps in healing after an injury or scalding and also helps in preventing heart disorders.
3.) An average snail is comprised of 80% water, 15% proteins and 2.4% fat (unsaturated fats).

 4.) It contains essential fatty acids, calcium (well that’s mostly in d shell), magnesium and phosphorus.
 5.) They are highly and incredibly packed with vitamins E, K, A and B12.
6.) Snails are an ideal weight watchers diet because they are good sources of proteins but low in calories and fat. For a 100 gram serving of snail, u get about 90 kcals only!. In addition to these health benefits, snails are tasty, juicy, delicious and cheaper than any red meat and can be prepared in a variety of forms including boiling, drying, cooking and used in a variety of soups and with vegetables.

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