17th July 2012 | by MFC Team
New research suggests that a Mediterranean diet can increase a woman’s chances of conceiving
New research presented at the annual meeting of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) in Istanbul suggests that a diet including high levels of monosaturated fat – found in avocados, olive oil, peanuts, almonds and cashews – may boost a woman’s fertility. “A Mediterranean diet” has been reported to triple the chances of conceiving through fertility treatments. In contrast, a diet high in saturated fat – such as those found in dairy products and red meat – may potentially reduce a woman’s fertility.
The study, conducted at Harvard School of Public Health, examined how intake of different types of fats affected IVF success rates in 147 women, mostly in their 30s. The results of the study showed that women who ate diets high in monosaturated fat had up to three times the chance of a successful pregnancy using IVF compared to those who didn’t.
The authors caution that the study was small and needs to be replicated in larger numbers before firm advice can be given. However, they go on to say that: “Even though we don’t know for sure if it will be of benefit, we do know it won’t be harmful.” The general secretary of the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) summed up the situation this way:
“We know that many lifestyle activities can make it harder to conceive. This work reinforces the need for a good lifestyle for those trying to have a baby; eat and drink in moderation, and don’t smoke.” Richard Kennedy, IFFS
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