Healthy eating can boost fertility

Choosing healthy fats, vegetable proteins, and whole grains are all diet strategies that could help boost fertility, according to nutrition experts at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

These tips and others were listed in a March 13, 2019 CNN article that cited research from Harvard Chan School’s Jorge Chavarro, associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology, and Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition, that was based on analysis of data from thousands of women participating in the long-running Nurses’ Health Study. The article discussed recommendations from a 2009 book co-authored by Chavarro and Willett, “The Fertility Diet: Groundbreaking Research Reveals Natural Ways to Boost Ovulation and Improve Your Chances of Getting Pregnant.”

The article also cited a recent study by Chavarro that outlined the potential benefits of a “pro-fertility diet,” including high levels of folic acid, vitamin B12, vitamin D, dairy, soy, and low-pesticide produce, in conjunction with assisted reproductive technologies.

Read the CNN article: Can a ‘fertility diet’ really help you conceive? In some cases, yes