Studies: Diet Edition

Vol. 3 Diet edition

Eat your way to fertility

Higher levels of folic acid, higher even than recommended, have been associated with lower occurrence of infertility, while antioxidant supplementation appears to have little effect on women regarding infertility, but it does help men in that regard. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to help fertility in women, and diets favoring “seafood, poultry, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables” have been shown to increase fertility in women and improve general semen quality.

Diet, fasting, and anti-inflammation

Beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) directly inhibits NLRP3, which is a gene that plays a key role in inflammation, which leads to “autoimmune diseases, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, atherosclerosis, and autoinflammatory disorders.” BHB is produced by fasting, high-intensity exercise, caloric restriction, or a very low carbohydrate diet. Mice were set up on a ketogenic diet (read my post on that) and the study found that “…results suggest that the endogenous metabolites like BHB that are produced during low-carb dieting, fasting, or high-intensity exercise can lower NLRP3…”

Fats, fats, and more fats!

No link between increased dietary intake of fats and cardiovascular disease. Also, an increasd fat intake is associated with lower mortality. Hurray for the ketogenic diet! “…researchers demonstrated that high carbohydrate intake was associated with an increased risk of mortality, and total fat, as well as individual types of fat, was associated with a lower mortality.” So, higher amounts of carbs can lead to higher mortality rates, but not heart disease. But it gets better for the case FOR fat, “…researchers demonstrated that lowering saturated fats and increasing polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats was associated with lower rates of cardiovascular disease.”


Author: NFShealth

Certified personal trainer, grad student in nutrition. Obsessed about all things regarding nutrition and health.

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