Research has found that lead pollution may cause male infertility. Previously, it was found that high levels of lead in the environment can harm animal fertility.
In semen with high lead content, there are fewer receptors used by the sperm head to recognize and bind to the surface sugars of the egg. The ability to penetrate the outer layer of the egg and bind to the egg is worse, and self destruction is more common before reaching the egg.
Preventing lead poisoning should focus on various aspects such as diet and lifestyle habits. Firstly, printed materials such as newspapers should not be used as food packaging in diet. When using food bags to hold food, it is important to avoid direct contact between the words, paintings, and trademarks on the bags and the food, especially with acidic foods; Vegetables and fruits should be washed before consumption, and those that can be peeled should be peeled as much as possible to prevent residual lead components in pesticides. In terms of living, it is recommended not to use lead containing paint to decorate walls, floors, and furniture in the home. Otherwise, once the paint chips peel off, the lead in the paint can easily cause lead pollution in the room. Try to choose lead-free cosmetics, hair dye, etc. In addition, do not take a walk near roads with frequent car traffic, as there is a large amount of lead present in car exhaust and the soil around the road. The diet should contain sufficient amounts of high-quality protein, such as eggs, lean meat, poultry, fish and shrimp, soybeans, and soy products, which should account for more than half. When preparing meals, it is important to choose foods rich in vitamins, especially vitamin C. Moderate supplementation of vitamin C not only supplements the vitamin C depletion caused by lead, but also slows down the symptoms of lead poisoning. Vitamin C can also synthesize lead ascorbate with lower solubility in the intestine and lead, reducing lead absorption. At the same time, vitamin C also directly or indirectly participates in the detoxification process, promoting the excretion of lead. Moderate supplementation of vitamin E can resist the peroxidation caused by lead, while supplementation of vitamin D can affect the absorption and deposition of lead by regulating calcium and phosphorus. Supplementing vitamins b1, b2, b6, b12, and folic acid also has a certain effect on improving symptoms and promoting physiological function recovery. Eating some lead repellent foods appropriately. Many natural foods have certain anti lead and lead repellent functions. The protein contained in milk can combine with lead to form insoluble substances, and the calcium contained can prevent the absorption of lead.
Tannic acid in tea can form soluble complexes with lead and be excreted in the urine. Iodine and alginate in kelp can promote the excretion of lead. The sulfides in garlic and onion heads can alleviate the toxic effects of lead. Seabuckthorn and kiwifruit are rich in vitamin C, which can prevent lead absorption and reduce lead toxicity. Food contains some inorganic anions or acid radicals, such as iodine ions, phosphate ions, molybdate ions, etc., which can bind to lead and promote its excretion from feces. These nutrients are rich in fruits and vegetables, therefore, people exposed to lead should consume more fruits and vegetables.
(Intern Editor: Cai Junyi)