Mediterranean Diet Ups Pregnancy Odds

Researchers from the University Medical Center in Rotterdam, Netherlands, found that women’s diet affects pregnancy odds. They examined over 160 infertile couples who underwent IVF treatment and ICSI treatment (intracytoplasmic sperm injection).


Researchers discovered that Mediterranean diet increased women’s chances for conception by almost 40 per cent while there was no link between other diets and successful outcomes of in vitro fertilization

The study author Dr. Regine Steegers-Theunissen explains that Mediterranean diet provides sufficient amount of folic acid and vitamin B6. This is demonstrated by high levels of these substances in blood, and of follicular fluid inside ovarian follicle. These vitamins are crucial for fertilization and proper fetal development at early stages.

The study appears in Fertility and Sterility Journal.

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