Worldnews - Eating more seafood could speed up pregnancy

Leslie Hanson
May 25, 2018

The researchers conducting the study say the protein-rich food boosts men and women's sex drive and improves the quality of their sperm and eggs.

Findings showed that 92 percent of couples who ate seafood more than twice a week were pregnant after 12 months in comparison with 79 percent among couples consuming less seafood.

If both partners consumed seafood the same day, the odds of having sex were 39 percent higher compared to couples where neither partner consumed seafood.

For the study, the researchers examined 500 couples to determine the relationship between seafood intake and time to pregnancy.

"It is also possible that couples who consume higher amounts of seafood together share more meals and thus more time together (including nights)", said Gaskins, "which may be a behavioral explanation for the association we observed with sexual activity".

Although seafood is an important source of nutrients for women who may become pregnant, concerns about mercury have led some women to stop eating fish while trying to conceive.

The researchers found that couples in which the male and female partners consumed at least eight seafood servings/cycle had 47 and 60% shorter TTP versus couples with male and female partners who consumed no more than one seafood serving/cycle, respectively.

The link between seafood and faster conception was not entirely explained by more frequent sex, suggesting that biological factors such as semen and embryo quality are positively influenced by eating fish.

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Morrisons’ seafood specialist Andrew Speight with a tray of oysters

'Most of seafood in the USA in very low in mercury and the majority of women are not consuming large amounts of predatory fish, such as swordfish or shark, which are the ones that are high in mercury'.

Dr Gaskins notes, however, that the agencies also say 90 percent of the fish eaten in the United States is low in mercury and therefore same to consume.

They were asked to keep a diary recording their daily seafood intake and sexual activity.

"The original reason why shellfish such as oysters were linked to increased libido was due to their high zinc content", co-author of the study, Audrey Gaskins, Sc.D, explained to The Daily Meal, "However, given that we did not measure zinc intake in our study and zinc is found in many other foods other than seafood, we felt uncomfortable making this link".

Morrisons' seafood specialist Andrew Speight with a tray of oysters.

Gaskins and her team published their study findings online May 23 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Older women may be more likely to have other children, which suggests that they have a proven fertility history, Licciardi noted.

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