Diet rich in seafood boosts libido and fertility, new study finds

Grant Boone
May 27, 2018

The researchers found that 92 percent of couples who ate seafood more than twice a week were pregnant at the end of one year, compared to 79 percent among couples consuming less seafood.

In the study, the researchers found that couples who included more seafood in their diets had sex more often, and tended to get pregnant faster, than couples who ate less seafood.

Now the researchers are not sure what causes this positive link between fish and conception (and no, they say that it isn't just that the couples are having sex more).

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.

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) - Higher seafood intake is tied to a shorter time to pregnancy (TTP), according to a study published online May 23 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

The investigation was focused on 500 couples from the Longitudinal Investigation of Fertility and the Environment (LIFE) Study. And this study surveyed all types of seafood - not just those that are rumored to put you in the mood.

Planning to start a family? Consuming seafood-rich diet may up pregnancy chances

They concluded that seafood may have possible effects on semen quality, ovulation, or even on the quality of the embryo.

A 2017 press release from Food and Drug Administration has already assured the public that 90 percent of the fishes consumed in the country is low in mercury and is safe to eat.

All the study participants were asked to keep a diary recording their daily seafood intake and sexual activity.

French and American health authorities recommend eating two or three portions of fish per week, and in particular low mercury fish (bass, anchovies, mackerel, sardines, salmon, haddock, cod, herring, and mullet), however, the study points out that 50 per cent of pregnant women consume less than they should.

'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'.

Morrisons' seafood specialist Andrew Speight with a tray of oysters. Most pregnant women are however anxious about eating seafood because of the mercury in them.

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