High Protein, Low Carb Diets Greatly Improve Fertility

New Orleans, LA — A diet rich in proteins appears to have a pronounced positive effect on fertility, according to new research presented today at the Annual Clinical Meeting of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments who consumed high levels of protein and low levels of carbohydrates had better quality eggs and embryos.

Research led by Jeffrey B. Russell, MD, at the Delaware Institute for Reproductive Medicine (DIRM) in Newark, showed that patients whose daily protein intake was 25% or more of their diet and whose carbohydrate intake was 40% or less of their diet had four times the pregnancy rates of patients who ate less protein and more carbs daily before and during IVF cycles.

 

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