Women undergoing fertility treatment often take antioxidants to try to increase their chances of becoming pregnant, but the latest evidence suggests these supplements may not make much difference. The new review of antioxidants and pregnancy is published in the journal The Cochrane Library.
Nearly a third of couples planning a baby are thought to have difficulty conceiving and dietary supplements, including antioxidants, are often used to try to increase the chances of becoming pregnant.
For the new study, the researchers analyzed data from a total of 3,548 women attending fertility clinics. The researchers say they found that antioxidants did not increase the women's chances of conceiving or having a baby.
"There is no evidence in this review that suggests taking an antioxidant is beneficial for women who are trying to conceive," said lead researcher Marian Showell, who works in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Auckland (New Zealand).
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Source: The Cochrane Library