During an 8-year Nurses’ Health Study at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, researchers reviewed the diets of more than 18, 555 women. They concluded that the following dietary habits were part of a “fertility diet”.
- Eat a higher monounsaturated to trans fat ratio.
- Eat a high percentage of vegetable protein rather than animal protein.
- Eat carbohydrates that are low on the glycemic index. Eat high-fat dairy products instead of low-fat dairy.
- Eat foods high in iron and take a supplement with folic acid
- Take a folic acid supplement with at least 400mcg daily
Researchers believe that staying on a “fertility diet” pattern is linked in some way with a lower risk of ovulatory disorder infertility. They hypothesize that the fertility diet is favorable to balanced levels of glucose and insulin sensitivity — both factors that play a role in ovulatory function. For more information on the “fertility diet”, click here.