Who knew getting a Brazilian could help you get pregnant. No, not a Brazilian Wax, but a Brazil Nut.
Brazil Nuts, an excellent source of vitamins, fiber and minerals; are also perhaps the richest dietary source of selenium, a nutrient that has been known to have properties for boosting one’s fertility.
In a recent study published in Metallomics, researchers from the University of Adelaide found that selenium plays a vital role in women’s fertility.
Using X-ray fluorescent imaging to study how selenium was distributed through the ovaries of female cows, researchers found higher amounts of GPX-1 protein (found in selenium) in healthy follicles bigger than 10 millimeters. Researchers then translated the study to humans and found that levels of GPX-1 were also significantly higher in women who got pregnant that underwent IVF/ICSI.
It’s worth noting that consuming too much of selenium can be toxic. The recommended dietary allowance for women ages 19-60 is 55 mcg and 60 mcg for pregnant women. However, researchers believe a little bit will go a long way and be able to make a difference.
Researchers at the University of Adelaide concluded that selenium and its proteins may play a critical role as an antioxidant during late follicular development and also in ensuring the development of large healthy follicles.
M. J. Ceko,a K. Hummitzsch,b N. Hatzirodos,b W. M. Bonner,b J. B. Aitken,c D. L. Russell,b M. Lane,bd R. J. Rodgersb and H. H. Harris. X-Ray fluorescence imaging and other analyses identify selenium and GPX1 as important in female reproductive function. Metallomics. 2015,7, 71-82 DOI: 10.1039/C4MT00228H