Washington: It turned out that seafood-rich nutrition has many more benefits than previously thought.
According to a study by The Endocrine Society, couples who eat more seafood tend to have intercourse more often and become pregnant faster than other couples trying to conceive.
Seafood is an important source of protein and other nutrients for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant, but worries about mercury have led some women to avoid fish when trying to get pregnant
At the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, 90 percent of US-consumed fish are low in mercury and safe to eat. Although the authorities recommend two to three servings of mercury-reduced fish per week, 50 percent of pregnant women still eat far less than the recommended amount.
"Our study suggests that seafood may have many reproductive benefits, including shorter time to pregnancy for more frequent sexual activity," said one study author, Audrey Gaskins. "Our study found that couples consuming more than two servings of seafood per week while trying to get pregnant had a significantly higher frequency of sexual intercourse and a shorter time to pregnancy."
In the prospective cohort study, researchers examined the relationship between seafood intake and time to pregnancy. Participants recorded their food intake and sexual activity in daily diaries.
The researchers found that 92 percent of couples who ate seafood more than twice a week were pregnant at the end of a year, compared to 79 percent for couples who consumed less seafood.
The association between seafood and faster time to pregnancy has not been fully explained by more frequent sexual activity, suggesting that other biological factors were involved. These could affect sperm quality, ovulation or embryo quality, said Gaskins.
"Our findings underscore the importance of not only female but also male nutrition in time for pregnancy and suggest that both partners should include more seafood in their diet for maximum fertility benefit," she said.
The study appears in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. (ANI)