Poor diet reduces fertility

Nutrition is paramount to conception. In a recent study, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health evaluated the relationship between dietary patterns, lifestyle practices and ovulatory disorder infertility (Chavarro, Rich-Edwards, Rosner & Willet, 2007). This study followed a cohort of 17,544 women without a history of infertility for 8 years as they attempted to fall pregnant or fell pregnant during the course of the study. To establish the effect of diet and lifestyle on fertility, women were assigned to a specific quintile based on their current dietary intake. The results of the study showed that women in the highest quintile of the fertility diet (not consuming high amounts of trans-fatty-acids) had a 66 percent lower risk of ovulatory disorder infertility compared to women in the lowest quintile (consuming high amounts of trans-fatty-acids).

Chavarro, J.E., Rich-Edwards, J.W., Rosner, B.A. & Willet, W.C. 2007. Diet and lifestyle in the prevention of ovulatory disorder infertility. Obstetric gynecology, 110, 5, 1050-1058.

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