Benefits of Green Tea for Increasing Fertility
on Jan 27, 2013
by Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Green tea would be very beneficial to anyone wanting to conceive as it helps fertility levels greatly, in both men and women.
Are you or anyone you know trying to get pregnant? Well if the answer is yes, you might be pleasantly surprised to know that using green tea can help with getting a woman pregnant. The research that links green tea to increased fertility has been substantial, one of the major factors it has shown suggests polyphenols and hypoxanthine, which are the two main ingredients of green tea, can cause an increase in higher percentage of viable embryos. Polyhenols also act as antioxidants which can help get rid of unwanted toxins in the body. They can repair and mitigate the oxidative damage that occurs in most of our bodies from the environment, food, bodily stress and aging, which is great overall for the body, not just with fertility issues. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
It is also possible to double the chances of conceiving by drinking half a cup or more of green tea. In addition, the maturing of eggs can also be increased, and the eggs may even become more fertile. These are all great ways in which women can become more fertile; however, the benefits just don’t stop at the women. Studies have shown that male fertility can be increased as problems such as having a low sperm count, or low sperm motility can be improved.
Now, when it comes to fertility and green tea, it’s not just what it contains, but also what it does not contain, compared to some products you may be consuming, for instance those which contain caffeine. Since regular tea has more caffeine than green tea, it would be the most beneficial for you to consume green tea, as caffeine can have a lot of negative effects on the body when trying to conceive, it is in fact a fertility buster if taken in excessive amounts. There is indeed reliable proof to this, from valid sources, such as The National Infertility Association, which has shown a study that suggested caffeine has the possibility of preventing an egg from maturing properly, which can then lead to that egg not being fertilized, which can affect the chances of the women getting pregnant.
Also, a lot of women do not get enough fluids and water each day therefore their bodies don’t produce enough cervical fluid known as cervical mucus that help sperm travel through the reproductive tract to the egg as well as keeps the sperm viable for up 5 days. This is where green tea can be beneficial as it helps hydrate the body so that it can be prepared to make sufficient cervical mucus that the female body needs to get pregnant more easily.
Now, you may be thinking, doesn’t green tea contain caffeine and even though it is at a low amount, won’t it still cause damage? Well if you are worried about this, there is also an option to buy decaffeinated, which is great. Green tea also comes in liquid and capsules form, which will give you the same benefits.
Clearly there are many benefits that you or anyone can receive from taking green tea to increase fertility; however it is still important to be aware of the other side that in taking too much green tea may not be beneficial. It can have a slight decrease on the effects of folic acid, and this is a very important nutrient as it is vital in fetal development. For vegetarians it is important to remember that green tea can have an effect on iron absorption. It can decrease the body’s absorption of iron from non-meat sources such as beans and tofu.
So overall, green tea would be very beneficial to anyone wanting to conceive as it helps fertility levels greatly. It’s best to take the supplements or drink the tea in between meals, but of course always check with your doctor beforehand, as you want to make an educated and well informed decision.
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Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.