Infertility affects 15 percent of couples around the world, the major reason for this being found in disorders of the male reproductive system, but what is it that is causing these problems? According to Philip Werthman a Urologist “It’s pretty simple. Nutritionally-dense food is better for any body function than nutritionally-devoid food”. So perhaps the answer to this problem can be found in diet changes, and furthermore, as some people have suggested, the solution can be found in olive oil.
Olive oil and male sperm quality:
Sperm quality is a major element in successful reproduction, and the health of the sperm is determined by a number of factors. As was determined by scientists at the Universitat Rovira I Virgili and the Pere i Virgili Health Research Institute in Spain, a Mediterranean diet can be beneficial to sperm quality due to its prominent usage of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fish and olive oil. These foods contain large concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, folate and various antioxidants. While olive oil only contains low concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids, it really shines in its outstanding antioxidant levels. Some of the main antioxidants found in olive oil are the anti-inflammatory oleocanthal, and oleuropein, a substance that protects LDL cholesterol from oxidation. While it is unclear whether these two specific antioxidants are particularly key to retaining high, and healthy sperm levels, they are certainly good for your health, and your health is definitely key to reproductive success.
Olive oil and female fertility:
For the other sex, it appears that olive oil can have an even more major effect on fertility. In recent studies from the Harvard school of public health, there has been found a positive link between good fats and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). It was also found that the odds of a live birth after embryo transfer was 3.45 times higher for women who had a very high intake of monounsaturated fat, certainly important when considering the effectivity of reproduction. As found by A group of researchers at the University of Southampton in Great Britain pregnant women with diets rich in monosaturated fats have an increased delivery rate of almost 3 and a half times the rate of women with low monosaturated fat diets. The use of olive oil for women certainly has a positive effect on fertility rates as shown in many studies.
How to use olive oil to boost fertility:
The use of olive oil to boost fertility rates is certainly a very real possibility, and while it may be more likely to have a better effect for women rather than men, it certainly does not hurt to stay healthy when trying to conceive.
If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, try adding some olive oil to your salads, fish, and starter dishes: