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Wednesday, 07 August 2013
Around one quarter of couples planning a baby are thought to have difficulty conceiving. Women undergoing fertility treatment often take dietary supplements, including antioxidants, to try to increase their chances of becoming pregnant. However, many antioxidant supplements taken to improve fertility may be unnecessary as there is limited evidence that they really help with conception.
Researchers from the Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, analysed data from 28 trials involving a total of 3,548 women attending fertility clinics. From their study they concluded that antioxidants did not increase the women’s chances of conceiving or having a baby. The results show no significant increase in women becoming pregnant when taking antioxidants compared to those taking placebos or being given standard treatment, including folic acid.
SOURCE: The Cochrane Library, August 2013