According to a new study, smoothies aren’t just a food fad with surprising staying power; they could also help couples conceive – provided both the wannabe mum and dad are downing the drink.
Recent research from the University of Southampton has revealed that maximising your chances of falling pregnant could be as simple as blitzing up a glass of key ingredients.
The study, presented at 2017’s European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology conference, analysed 102 couples (all undergoing IVF treatments), dividing the sample into two groups: the first group (both women and men) received smoothies packed with known fertility-boosting nutrients; the other, regular juice. The findings showed that the smoothie group went on to exhibit a 5 percent higher likelihood of conceiving.
The smoothies contained vitamins C and D, folic acid and omega-3, and lead researcher Alexandra Kermack, PhD., explains the nutritional efficacy: “Previous research shows that omega 3 is absolutely vital for sperm, making them stronger swimmers, and vitamin D makes the womb more receptive and ‘sticky’ for the embryo to implant.”
The nutritional content of the smoothies was exactly the same as that of a multivitamin – or a piece of oily fish, like salmon; so the takeaway from the Southampton study is that making your uterus favourable for a baby can be less complicated than many think — and a smoothie in particular makes it especially easy to get your daily dosage of fertility-friendly good stuff.
Also, the research project emphasises what a number of other studies are corroborating; when it comes to managing fertility, the onus is not just on the maternal side–men’s health is influential in the outcome, too.