Diet improves fertility

Following a ‘fertility diet’ may favourably influence fertility in otherwise healthy women. A cohort of 17,544 American women, without a history of infertility, were followed for eight years as they tried to become pregnant. Researchers calculated a dietary score of one to five points for each woman, based on factors previously associated with reduced ovulatory infertility (higher consumption of monounsaturated versus trans fats, vegetable rather than animal protein sources, low glycogenic carbohydrates, high fat dairy, multivitamins and iron from plants and supplements). The results showed that the higher the score, indicating increasing adherence to the ‘fertility diet’, the lower the risk of infertility associated with ovulatory disorders. A combination of five or more low-risk lifestyle factors, including diet, weight control, and physical activity was associated with a 69% lower risk of ovulatory disorder infertility. (Diet and lifestyle in the prevention of ovulatory disorder infertility. Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Nov;110(5):1050-8).

 

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