For women trying to get pregnant through IVF treatments, a new study finds that eating avocados and olive oil might boost their chances of success.
(Relaxnews) - Findings revealed that diets rich in foods typically eaten as part of the Mediterranean diet, including sunflower oil and nuts and seeds, tripled the chances of success for women having the fertility treatment.
In contrast, women who ate mostly saturated fat, found in dairy products and red meat, produced fewer good eggs for use in fertility treatment. High saturated fat intake has already been linked to lower sperm counts.
The study was presented on July 3 at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Istanbul. Dr. Jorge Chavarro and colleagues at the Harvard School of Public Health in the US looked at how intake of different types of fats affected success of IVF treatment in 147 women, mostly in their 30s.