A diet rich in antioxidants promotes fertility

Written by: Dr.Prof. Jesús Ángel Fernández Tresguerres Hernández
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Between 15 and 20% of infertility cases they have no explanation, but it is believed that most of them due to oxidative stress, which affects between 5 and 10% of women under age 30; preventing aging ovaries are working properly and doing that do not produce enough eggs to achieve pregnancy.

Therefore, a diet rich in antioxidants can help oocyte production. Also keep in mind that the more older a patient, the more limited ovarian reserve, ie, less fertile will be (usually from age 35).


Natural antioxidants in fruits and vegetables

Foods that contain more antioxidants are fruits and vegetables, so they must be the protagonists on a diet for fertility. In fact, the first thing that is recommended to people who undergo fertility treatment is to change the diet because many of them have left the plant.

Among them, the tomato is the food that contains more antioxidants that promote fertility, as it has a substance called lycopene , which combined with oil, is most effective against oxidative stress, to the point that even the tomato sauce is recommended. Carotenoids, natural dyes found in carrots, citrus, spinach or corn, are very beneficial to also fertility substances.

plate of strawberries

As for fruits, Granada is the richest in antioxidants, but also highlights the strawberry and other foods, such as turmeric or soy extracts and skin of grapes, present in red wine, which contains resveratrol , and hops, a component of beer containing xanthohumol.


Diet for female fertility

Other tips for a diet for fertility are:

  • Eat less animal protein and saturated fat
  • Increase omega - 3
  • Drink a lot of water
  • Take olive oil
  • Do not take too much bakery and delicatessen
  • Cook at mild temperatures
  • Moderate exercise daily


Diet for male fertility

Male fertility can also be affected by oxidative stress caused by environmental factors and lifestyle. Thus, the endocrinologists also recommend that men who have a diet rich in antioxidants, as it is tested in mice that this diet protects sperm DNA against oxidative stress, and increases pregnancy rates.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr.Prof. Jesús Ángel Fernández Tresguerres Hernández
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

Leader in the specialty of Endocrinology, Dr. Fernandez Tresguerres e l Hernández has a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Complutense University of Madrid and Doctor of Medicine at the Complutense University of Madrid. His more than 40 years of professional experience guarantee a path full of successes and top-level professionalism. He is Chief of Endocrinology and Aging Unit of the Tejerina Foundation and a full member of the Royal Academy of Medicine. He has made more than 300 communications in national and international conferences and has written 99 book chapters.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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