Fer­til­ity And Diet

Health & Nutrition - - NUTRITION UPDATE -

Re­searchers have found that fer­til­ity and diet are re­lated. For women try­ing to be­come preg­nant nat­u­rally (with­out ‘as­sis­tive re­pro­duc­tive tech­nolo­gies’ such as in vitro fer­til­iza­tion), the fol­low­ing vi­ta­mins and nu­tri­ents were linked to pos­i­tive ef­fects on fer­til­ity - folic acid, vi­ta­min B12, omega-3 fatty acids, healthy di­ets (such as the Mediter­ranean diet). On the other hand, trans fat and ‘un­healthy di­ets’ (those ‘rich in red and pro­cessed meats, po­ta­toes, sweets, and sweet­ened bev­er­ages’) were found to have neg­a­tive ef­fects. An­tiox­i­dants, vi­ta­min D, dairy prod­ucts, soy, caf­feine and al­co­hol ap­peared to have lit­tle or no ef­fect on fer­til­ity.

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