New research from Italy suggests that a healthy diet is linked to fertility. A study of more than one thousand people found that those who were fertile ate more fruit, vegetables and eggs than those who were not.
The research was carried out over a period of a year, asking those involved about their diet and lifestyle. If found that those who were fertile were less likely to smoke, to consume excess alcohol or to use recreational drugs. They also ate vegetables, fruit and eggs more frequently.
Why does diet make a difference to fertility?
The research team suggested that excessive consumption of artificial fats could disrupt ovulation, conception and early embryonic development and advised eating more healthy fats found in avocados, eggs, olive oil and salmon. For men, they advised food which is rich in zinc and antioxidants, such as fruit and vegetables, as well as selenium which is found in eggs.
When you are trying to conceive, it is easy to get very carried away about what you eat and don’t eat – but the general advice here is that you should follow the basic principles of healthy eating. There is no need to panic about an occasional glass of wine or piece of chocolate or to follow a hugely restrictive diet, but rather to make sure that most of what you eat is good for you.