Will This Food Help Couples Conceive?

A plate with various pieces of raw fish
A plate with various pieces of raw fish

The Doctors discuss with endocrinologist Dr. Carolyn Alexander compelling new research that suggests couples who eat two servings of seafood a week may have more success conceiving

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Dr. Alexander completely agrees and says fish has tons of vital nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lean protein, vitamins, minerals such as iron and iodine (which is really important for the thyroid). She shares a recent study that found men who ate more white fish, like cod or halibut, had better sperm shape, which is important for egg fertilization. The study also found the men who also ate dark fish, like tuna or wild-caught salmon, had a sperm count that was 30% higher than men who didn’t eat fish.

Dr. Alexander has her patient, Tara, with her, who says she doubled her weekly intake of seafood prior to having her eggs frozen to make sure she had the best egg quality possible. Tara shares that her eggs fell into the ideal category!

Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra points out that women do need to be wary of certain fish that are high in mercury when they are pregnant. She asks Dr. Alexander how she advises her patients on that.

Dr. Alexander says she tells people to have two or more hand-sized servings of fish per week when pregnant and recommends fish that have less mercury like white fishes, wild caught salmon, shrimp, and the light canned tunas. 

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Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon wants to know, is what they say about men eating oysters true? Dr. Alexander says there are some men who say they feel a boost in energy and sexuality from eating them. Dr. Ordon notes it may be a placebo but it works for him!

ER physician Dr. Travis Stork highlights how using food as medicine is so relevant when trying to conceive and as far as fish goes, in general, it is great for a healthy diet.