Popular Diet May Help Solve Fertility Issues By Improving Sperm Quality
Healthy eating is associated with a longer life and a lower risk of chronic diseases, including obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.
With a focus on fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, extra virgin olive oil, nuts, herbs, spices, and fish, and eating dairy and lean protein sources such as chicken or eggs only in small amounts, the Mediterranean diet has long been famous for its many health benefits.
Research shows that the Mediterranean diet can also help with infertility, making it an easy strategy for couples trying to conceive.
A review by Australian researchers found that the Mediterranean diet can improve fertility, assisted reproductive technology success and sperm quality in men.
It is believed that a diet that also protects against inflammatory diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes may increase fertility by reducing inflammation.
The study, led by researchers from Monash University, Sunshine Coast University and the University of South Australia, looked at research on how diet affects pregnancy.
Dr Evangeline Manziuris of the University of South Australia said previous research has shown that inflammation can affect sperm quality, the menstrual cycle and implantation (very early in pregnancy).
She added: “It’s encouraging that we’ve found strong evidence that by eating an anti-inflammatory diet that’s high in healthy polyunsaturated fats, flavonoids (found in green leafy vegetables), and limited red and processed meats, we can improve fertility.”
Experts believe that antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables improve egg quality and protect the uterus. Simon Alessi, a researcher at Monash University, said the diet could be a game-changer for couples hoping to start a family.
He explained: “Changing your diet is a non-intrusive and affordable strategy that can improve the situation and move from infertility to fertilization. Of course, more research is needed, but at the very least, switching to a Mediterranean diet will help not only improve your overall health, but it will also increase your chances of conceiving.
The results are published in the journal Nutrients.
Source: Daily Mail