If you’re trying to get pregnant, listen up. Little swimmers thrive on little swimmers. A new study finds that couples who eat seafood more than twice a week have a better chance of conceiving. Oh, and they also have more sex. Coincidence?
The study, published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, tracked the diets of 500 couples (in Michigan in Texas) over the course of a year.
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By the end of the study, nearly all (92 percent) couples who ate more than two portions of seafood a week had gotten pregnant. That’s compared to 79 percent of those couples who ate less seafood. (And, yes, those couples who got knocked up were trying to get pregnant before the study began.)
Not only did the couples who ate a lot of seafood get pregnant more quickly than those who did not (note: the seafood source was not accounted for), they also reported having more sex. And because scientists can’t assume the two are connected, they are chalking it up to seafood, which they believe may boost fertility in some other roundabout way. And extra serving of omega-3, anyone?
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“The original reason why shellfish such as oysters were linked to increased libido was due to their high zinc content,” the study’s co-author, Audrey Gaskins, Sc.D, explained to The Daily Meal. “However, given that we did not measure zinc intake in our study and zinc is found in many other foods other than seafood, we felt uncomfortable making this link.”
She also said seafood may not be entirely responsibly for a quick pregnancy, telling The Daily Meal, “It is also possible that couples who consume higher amounts of seafood together share more meals and thus more time together (including nights), which may be a behavioral explanation for the association we observed with sexual activity.”