It turns out that seafood-rich nutrition has many more benefits than previously thought.
According to a study Conducted by the Endocrine Society, couples who eat more seafood tend to engage in sexual intercourse more often and become pregnant faster than other couples who want to become pregnant.
Seafood is an important source of protein and other nutrients for women who become pregnant or However, concerns about mercury have led some women to avoid fish when trying to become pregnant.
According to the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, 90 percent of fish eaten in the United States are low in mercury and safe Although the agencies recommend When two to three portions lowque Conservative fish are consumed per week, 50 percent of pregnant women still eat far less than the recommended amount.
"Our study suggests that seafood can have many reproductive benefits, including shorter time to pregnancy and more frequent sexual activity," said one of the authors of the study, Audrey Gaskins. "Our study found that couples who consume more than two servings of fish per week while they want to become pregnant have 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. The participants recorded their seafood 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 among 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.
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