It’s no secret that eating seafood can provide immense benefits. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish have been found to boost memory retention, reduce antisocial behavior, fight depression and anxiety, improve vision, reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and promote overall health as we age. In fact, people living in the areas known as Blue Zones, where people statistically live longer, consume a Mediterranean diet that is heavy on seafood, which suggests that it can help extend your life.
Now, a recent study published in the The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that seafood intake can give your sex life a major boost and can even help you get pregnant.
Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health studied 501 couples based in Michigan and Texas who were trying to conceive. They logged their daily seafood intake and rate of sexual frequency for four years. The researchers then followed up with them for a year or until they became pregnant.
What researchers found was that 92 percent of couples who ate fish more than twice a week were pregnant by the end of the year, compared to only 79 percent of couples who ate it less often. Couples who ate seafood regularly were also found to have sex the most often, about 22 percent more than those who ate less fish.
Seafood’s influence in a couple’s ability to conceive is all due to omega-3 fatty acids and their positive effects on improving the quality of semen and embryos, stimulating ovulation, and boosting the levels of the sex hormone progesterone.
While seafood’s effect on conception is clear, its boost on sex life is more of a mystery. Nonetheless, it is obvious that couples, particularly those who are trying to get pregnant, should be eating more fish, in spite of mercury level concerns (according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environment Protection Agency, 90 percent of the fish in the United States contains low concentrations of mercury and is safe to eat).
“Our results stress the importance of not only female but also male diet on time to pregnancy and suggest that both partners should be incorporating more seafood into their diets for the maximum fertility benefit,” said lead author Audrey Gaskins in a news release from The Endocrine Society.