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Healthy dad, healthy baby.

The prenatal checklist for a healthy baby isn't just for moms anymore. A vitamin-rich diet for dad has been found to be a boon for baby. Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley and the USDA's Western Human Nutrition Research Center have found that men who skimp on vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables can cause damage to their sperm cells that can increase the risk of birth defects, genetic disease and/or cancer in their offspring. Sperm low in vitamin C was found to be more likely to have damaged DNA, the genetic material that forms the blueprint for the development of the next generation. Researchers suspect that vitamin C protects DNA from substances that can cause harmful genetic mutations. Birth defects due to damaged sperm are relatively uncommon, but Berkeley investigator Bruce Ames says it would be prudent for men to follow federal dietary guidelines: two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables each day.

--From the Ann Arbor News, 7/28/92
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Date:Sep 22, 1992
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