Can Red Wine Improve your Fertility?
There may be more reasons to enjoy a glass of red this week as research is now revealing your favourite tipple could actually improve your fertility. It has been discovered that the powerful antioxidant resveratrol found in red wine and the skins of dark fruits and berries like grapes, blueberries and raspberries could potentially have a positive effect.
Studies show that women who indulged in at least five glasses of antioxidant rich red wine tend to have a greater number of egg reserves than those who didn't. The study involved 135 women and was undertaken by researchers at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri who are working to understand the link between fertility in women and alcohol consumption. The women were aged between 18 and 44 and were asked to keep an alcohol diary over the period of a month and the results show that those who drank red wine tended to have a higher ovarian reserve of eggs.
Despite this interesting link, women are of course urged to be careful with their alcohol consumption if they are trying to get pregnant as excessive use of red wine, or any other alcohol can result in foetal abnormalities and developmental damage that is irreversible.
The antioxidant compound resveratrol could also reduce the chances of women developing PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) which is a leading cause of infertility in women. A glass of red wine can help to restore the hormone imbalance in women with the condition and can work to improve symptoms.
So, the news is good for fans of a glass of red in the evening but as with any other type of alcohol, consumption in moderation is advised. Let's not go nuts guys.