Eating Mediterranean diet may increase women's chances of getting pregnant. A new study, led by researchers in the Netherlands and published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, suggests a relationship between mediterranean diet, rich in fruit, vegetables, vegetable oils and fish, and success of fertility treatments.
The study showed that among 161 couples who visited the researchers' clinic for fertility treatment, those who ate a Mediterranean style diet were 40 percent more likely to get pregnant after treatment than those whose diet was least similar to the Mediterranean diet.
The researchers explained that the Mediterranean diet contains more omega-6 fat and vitamin B6, nutrients that are both good for becoming pregnant.
The study was observational, so the results do not mean a causal relationship between Mediterranean diet and increased odds of becoming pregnant, but the possible positive effect of the diet may not be excluded either.
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