Current research results from Harvard Medical School suggest an increasingly positive influence of whole grain products on the success rates of an IVF treatment.
Whole grain is rich in fibres, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phenols, which all help to decrease health risks. Dr. Corinna Mann, gynaecologist at the Kinderwunschzentrum points out: „It is no secret that whole grain products are healthy, but this study shows the significant influence on fertility.”
The study including IVF patients who later became pregnant, shows a significant difference in live birth rates of women with a daily intake of more than 52,4 grams of whole grain and those with less than 21,4 grams of whole grain. In the first group 53% of all women gave birth in comparison to only 35% in the second group. 438 treatment cycles of 273 women were analyzed. The study emphasized on the intake of products including wheat, oats, rye, barley, buckwheat, corn or its flours.
Whole grain prepares the uterus for nidation
The study suggested that the intake of whole grain products positively influences the condition of the endometrium and therefore increases the chances of nidation. Women consuming a lot of whole grain products showed a better developed endometrium. Dr. Mann is pleased: „Nidation is often the crux in achieving pregnancy – that’s why a lot of medical aids are developed. The positive influence of a diet rich in whole grains on achieving pregnancy is really great news.”
The Kinderwunschzentrum recommends a minimum daily intake of 50 grams of whole grain foods to women who want to achieve pregnancy. This works out as two slices of whole grain bread or one whole grain roll. Dr. Mann mentions an important fact: „This recommendation certainly doesn’t apply to women who suffer from gluten intolerance – in this case the intake of bread can even be counterproductive.”