Diet is really important for couples who are trying to conceive. But there are a lot of myths out there. So before you start introducing weird old wives’ practices or new fads into your food regime, follow our new series of blogs in which we look at 10 diet changes that could boost your fertility, and sort out fact from fiction for you.
The first ‘magic’ fertility food under our microscope is green tea. Lots of websites and self-help groups will quote that drinking green tea could help boost your fertility. Many of them reference the research in this field: this found that in a trial of 30 women, of 15 women who took green tea supplements, five were pregnant after five months, whereas none of the women who took the placebo were pregnant.
On the surface, this seems like a resounding thumbs up for green tea. The problem is, that a trial of only 30 women is too small to be conclusive, and no other research has ever been done into the impact of green tea on fertility. So, although the research is often quoted, it is not often put into context, and it’s important to have this wider understanding if you are considering making dietary changes to try and boost your fertility.
So, where does this leave you? Green tea may help boost your fertility, but it’s a heavy emphasis on the may. With the evidence that we have to date, it’s certainly not a super-food in this sense. So drink it if you like it, it certainly won’t do any harm (although you need to include it in your daily recommended caffeine limits for pregnant women), but don’t expect a miracle.
Our experts at The Agora Clinic are happy to advise you on the best diet and lifestyle choices you can make to maximise your chances of getting pregnant.