Do you love sushi? Can’t get enough shrimp cocktail? You’ll want to hear this: New research from Harvard University suggests that eating more seafood can not only improve one’s sex life, but also boost a person’s fertility.
CBS News reports that researchers spent a year tracking the sex lives and eating habits of 500 couples who were trying to get pregnant. Each couple recorded how often they ate seafood and documented the frequency of their sexual activity.
At the end of the year-long study, researchers found that the couples who consumed seafood more than twice a week had sex 22 percent more often than couples who ate it less often. Even more notable, however, was the fact that 92 percent of couples who ate seafood more than twice a week were pregnant by the end of the research period; meanwhile, only 79 percent of the couples who ate fish less often were expecting by that same time.
According to the study’s authors, that gap between couples who were and weren’t pregnant by the time the study wrapped up cannot be explained by an increased amount of sexual activity alone. Such a large gap in fertility suggests that consuming fish and shellfish can have an effect on either sperm quality, ovulation, embryo quality, or perhaps all three.
“Our results stress the importance of not only female but also male diet on time to pregnancy and suggests that both partners should be incorporating more seafood into their diets for the maximum fertility benefit,” said study author Audrey Gaskins.
See what one oyster-loving couple had to say about the study’s findings…
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