New research has shown that eating a plant based diet can help to improve the success rates of IVF treatment.
Plant based diets are believed to be a factor in successful IVF, according to new research. The study published in the journal Human Reproduction found that women eating a predominantly plant based diet in the six months leading up to the treatment had a 70 per cent increased success rate.
The researchers looked at the diets of 244 women, as opposed to the specific nutrients that they were getting. The results of the study found that those eating diets similar to a traditional Mediterranean diet had a significantly higher pregnancy success rate than those who ate a red meat-heavy diet.
Mediterranean diets tend to have more unprocessed foods and healthy fats such as olive oil. Lead researcher, Professor Nikos Yiannakouris at the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Harokopio University of Athens said: “The important message from our study is that women attempting fertility should be encouraged to eat a healthy diet, such as the Mediterranean diet, because greater adherence to this healthy dietary pattern may help increase the chances of successful pregnancy and delivering a live baby.”
The researchers also spoke about the importance of men’s’ health with the food that they eat in the lead up to attempting a pregnancy. They added: “It should be noted that when it comes to conceiving a baby, diet and lifestyle are just as important for men as for women.
“Previous work from our research group among the male partners of our study has suggested that adherence to the Mediterranean diet may also help improve semen quality. Taken together, these findings highlight the importance of dietary influences and diet quality on fertility, and support a favourable role for the Mediterranean diet on assisted reproduction performance.”
The health benefits of leading a plant based diet are known to link to preventing cancer, diabetes and in some cases help to reverse or manage illnesses or conditions better.