If you’re currently undergoing a round of IVF treatment in the hopes of getting pregnant, researchers have just revealed something that can better your chances of conceiving.
The Irish Daily Mail reports that IVF researchers have discovered that eating avocados and smothering salads with olive oil could give you a major boost in the baby-making department.
A new study found that foods which are usually eaten as part of a Mediterranean-style diet can actually triple the chances of a positive outcome for women who are undergoing fertility treatment.
Apparently monounsaturated fat – the fat that is found in olive oil, nuts and seed – is the best kind of fat for women to eat, especially if they are trying to conceive. In fact, researchers discovered that women who ate the highest amounts of this kind of fat were approximately 3.4 times more likely to have a child after IVF than women who ate less.
The study, which was carried out by boffins at the Harvard School of Public Health, was presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Istanbul.
“While these results are interesting, this is the first time to our knowledge that dietary fats have been linked to treatment outcome in IVF,” said Professor Jorge Chavarro, the leader of the study.
Researchers believe that eating monounsaturated fats could improve fertility because they lower any inflammation present within the body – they also protect the heart.
It might be worth adding a few avocados to your shopping list!