If you’re trying to get pregnant, you can desperate to try anything for a baby. Why not enjoy a hot, relaxing cup of green tea? There is some research that drinking green tea can boost your fertility and potentially improve your chances of getting pregnant.
For thousands of years, humans have consumed and enjoyed tea. Today, it’s the second most consumed beverage in the world, with water being the first.
Not only is tea soothing, but it has medicinal purposes as well. Green tea, in particular, is one of the healthiest varieties of teas.
Green tea, first cultivated in ancient China, is packed full of unique antioxidants, which protect you against free radicals that can cause cancer, heart and cardiovascular disease.
There is some research that suggests that polyphenols and hypoxanthine – the two main ingredients found in green tea – are correlated to a higher chance of having viable embryos. Studies have indicated that these two compounds can help egg maturation, which may lead to your eggs being more fertile.
Anything that can increase your fertility – though it may be a slight increase – is always good, right?
A promising study, published in the 2004 issue of the Journal of reproductive Medicine, followed a group of 15 women taking a nutritional supplement containing green tea extract and other vitamins and minerals. One-third of the group became pregnant after five months, while none of the women in the placebo group got pregnant at all. Though the scientists don’t claim that green tea has a significant effect at helping you conceive, it may help.
So, if you’ve been trying to conceive with little luck, why not try a cup of green tea? Green tea has significantly less caffeine than coffee. Drinking too much caffeine has been linked to causing fertility problems and increasing the risk of miscarriage.
Green tea’s caffeine amount is much lower than black tea or a cup of coffee. A 6-ounce cup of green tea only has 20 milligrams of caffeine. The same sized cup of black tea has 40 milligrams, and a similar sized cup of coffee has 120 milligrams of caffeine (and some specialty coffees can contain up to 200 to 300 milligrams.)
With its low caffeine intake and antioxidants, green tea is just a great alternative to your favorite caffeinated beverage. It’s great for you, and relaxing. Don’t expect to get pregnant overnight by drinking it, but it is possible that it can help. Research is promising.