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

Researchers advise couple trying for a child to incorporate more seafood into their diet Researchers advise couple trying for a child to incorporate more seafood into their diet
Melissa Porter | 27 May, 2018, 21:48

Eating a diet rich in seafood may help couples get pregnant faster, a new study suggests.

"Our study suggests seafood can have many reproductive benefits, including shorter time to pregnancy and more frequent sexual activity", said co-author Audrey Gaskins from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.

Their findings showed that 92% of couples who ate seafood more than twice a week achieved a pregnancy at the end of one year, compared with 79% of those consuming less seafood.

People who eat more seafood have more sex and get pregnant faster, according to a new study. At the beginning of the study, the researchers interviewed each partner separately, asking how often he or she had consumed seafood over the past 12 months.

The couples who ate a lot of seafood reported having sex more frequently, but this did not fully explain the shorter time to pregnancy, suggesting that seafood may boost fertility in some other way.

Valentine’s Day 2017
Morrisons’ seafood specialist Andrew Speight with a tray of oysters

The couples who ate the largest amounts of seafood - two or more servings per week - had sex 21 percent more often. These could include effects on semen quality, ovulation or embryo quality, Gaskins said.

Gaskins acknowledged that seafood might not be the only cause of the correlation - couples who eat seafood may be more likely to eat a healthier diet in general. "Or maybe these couples are the ones spending more time together". In return, it could mean that seafood has a causal effect on couples' sex life at a behavioral level instead of biological one as proposed by the original study.

These concerns may have led some women to shy away from eating fish when attempting to become pregnant, the researchers added.

'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'. According to the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, 90 percent of the fish eaten in the United States is low in mercury and safe to eat. The APA recommends that women aim for two to three servings of low-mercury fish - such as salmon, tilapia, shrimp, tuna, cod, or catfish - per week.