|By Robert Cohen Executive Director|
Dairy - Soy and Infertility
Like millions of Americans, have you or somebody you know been unsuccessful in attempting to have children? Your intake of dairy products and/or some soy products may be the reason that infertility rates in modern-day America are so high. Blame it on galactose. Cow's milk contains lactose, a sugar consisting of two other sugars, glucose and galactose. Soymilk does not naturally contain galactose, unless the soymilk has been artificially produced and the galactose has been added in the form of that thickening agent, carrageenan. Read labels carefully! Carrageenan is used to thicken many soymilks. The "molecular tree" (chemical structure) of carrageenan is galactose. For more on galactose: http://www.notmilk.com/deb/090599.html For more on carrageenan: http://www.notmilk.com/carrageenan.html ___________________ Scientific Support ___________________ "Milk Products and Ovarian Function Adult Hypolactasia, Milk Consumption, and Age-specific Fertility" American Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 139, No.3 1994 Daniel W. Cramer, Huijuan Xu, and Timo Sahi Summary & Review Much has been said about the pro's and con's of milk consumption and diary products. Some nutritionists claim there is nothing intrinsically wrong with dairy as long as it is organic(hormone-free), others claim a strong link between dairy and various disorders of the female reproductive system. The observations noted in the following study support the existing evidence that galactose, a sugar found only in milk, could have a powerful effect on human ovarian function. This 1994 study published in the "American Journal of Epidemiology" (AJE) provides data on a significant correlation between decreased women's fertility and both the ability to digest milk (lactose) and milk consumption rates. People who lose the ability to digest lactose are referred to as having adult hypolactasia. Specifically, the study found that female fertility at older ages is lower and the decline in fertility with aging is steeper in populations with high milk consumption. Independent studies have shown that galactose may be toxic to ovarian germ cells which are necessary for reproduction. Therefore, diminished milk digestion would lead to less galactose production, healthier ovarian germ cells and enhanced fertility for women. The correlation between milk consumption and digestion with a higher rate of loss of fertility is greatest at 35-39 years of age, the decade after the peak child bearing years of 25-29. Some experts propose that this delayed impact may be caused by the cumulative effects of long term milk consumption.
Robert Cohen, author of: MILK A-Z
Executive Director (email@example.com)
Dairy Education Board
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