A new study says that people who eat fish are better at procreating.
Fish. Seafood. Lobster bisque. Prince Edward Island mussels simmered in a delightful red wine sauce. Spicy tuna roll with low sodium soy sauce and wasabi. At least one of these things has probably got your mouth watering, but did you know that all of these could also help you if you are looking to conceive a child?
In a joint effort from Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Maryland and Boston University, a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism shows there’s a definite benefit to baby-making for those that enjoy a seafood diet.
The study looked at over 500 couples in Michigan and Texas from 2005 to 2009. They asked each couple a bunch of questions about their methods of contraception, whether or not they were trying to have a kid, and how often they ate seafood. We’re sure that was a pretty bizarre combination of questions to be asked, but when you sign up for a medical trial you sort of have to prepare yourself for weirdness.
What the study reported was that seafood eaters may be more fertile than non-seafood eaters. When one person in the couple consumed eight or more servings of seafood per menstrual cycle (of the woman, obviously) then the couple had a 47% increase in fecundity. That is, they were able to conceive 47% faster than couples where both partners ate less seafood.
When both partners in the couple had 8 or more servings of seafood per cycle, fecundity increased to 61% and those couples also copulated 22% more often.
So, fish makes for better baby-making, right? Not quite. Remember, correlation doesn’t equal causation. It could just be that humans that eat seafood are simply more healthy than those that don’t eat seafood and thus are also more fertile. After all, doctors around the world say that we should eat more seafood for the health benefits over chicken, pork, and beef.
But either way, if you’re trying to have a baby, maybe order the salmon next time you’re out for lunch or dinner.