These foods can affect fertility

No one can control all of the causes of infertility. But one area they can control is their eating habits. Research shows that nutrition and a healthy body weight for both partners can have a significant impact on the ability to conceive, says an article on the website of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The article says that the so-called “Fertility Diet,” from a study published by a team of Harvard researchers in 2007, helped women with ovulatory infertility achieve a 66 percent lower risk of ovulatory infertility and a 27 percent reduced risk of infertility from other causes than women who didn’t follow the diet closely.

The basics of this diet include:

  • Less transfat and more monounsaturated fat (from foods such as avocados and olive oil).
  • Less animal protein and more vegetable protein.
  • More high-fiber, low-glycemic carbohydrate-rich foods (including whole grains).
  • More vegetarian sources of iron and fewer meat sources.
  • Multivitamins.
  • High-fat dairy instead of low-fat dairy.

To learn more, visit the Academy’s web site.

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