Green tea is thought to be a health-promoting drink, because it’s rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are chemical compounds that can help to prevent cell damage in our bodies and may even help to protect against heart disease, high blood pressure and type two diabetes.Drinking green tea may also be good for your teeth and bones, and help you to maintain a healthy immune system.
Professor Roger Thorneley, from the John Innes Centre in Norwich, who conducted the research, said: “This is a very exciting discovery. For the first time we have a clear scientific explanation of why EGCG inhibits the growth of cancer cells at concentrations which are found in the blood of people who drink two or three cups of green tea a day.
Green tea will help to conceive ?
Doubles your chances of conceiving
It is also possible to double the chances of conceiving by drinking half a cup or more of green tea. In addition, the maturing of eggs can also be increased, and the eggs may even become more fertile. Studies have shown that male fertility can be increased as problems such as having a low sperm count, or low sperm motility can be improved.
Helps an egg mature properly
Now, when it comes to fertility and green tea, it’s not just what it contains, but also what it does not contain.. Since regular tea has more caffeine than green tea, it would be the most beneficial for you to consume green tea. There is indeed reliable proof to this, from valid sources, such as The National Infertility Association, which has shown a study that suggested caffeine has the possibility of preventing an egg from maturing properly, which can then lead to that egg not being fertilized, which can affect the chances of the women getting pregnant.
But is it safe to drink green tea during pregnancy ?
There is no official advice that says you should stop drinking green tea during pregnancy.
- However, drinking a large amount of green tea may prevent you from absorbing folic acid properly. Folic acid is an important nutrient, particularly during the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy.
- Studies have also linked high levels of green tea consumption around the time of conception and during pregnancy with an increased incidents of spina bifida and anencephaly, a birth defect that results in the absence of part of the brain and skull. Both are ‘neural tube’ disorders associated with folic acid deficiency.
- Bear in mind that green tea, like other teas, can also make it difficult for your body to absorb iron from non-meat foods. So it’s best not to drink it with meals.
- Caffeine containing green tea should be limited during pregnancy. Caffeine is a diuretic, which affects the amount of water in your body. Hydration is especially important during pregnancy. You need plenty of fluid during pregnancy. Losing too much water could complicate your pregnancy and cause an imbalance in your electrolytes. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists advises that you take in no more than 200 milligrams of caffeine per day during pregnancy.
Moderation is always the key.
Clearly there are many benefits that you or anyone can receive from taking green tea to increase fertility; however it is still important to be aware of the other side that in taking too much green tea may not be beneficial. It can have a slight decrease on the effects of folic acid, and this is a very important nutrient as it is vital in fetal development. For vegetarians it is important to remember that green tea can have an effect on iron absorption. It can decrease the body’s absorption of iron from non-meat sources such as beans and tofu.
So overall, green tea would be very beneficial to anyone wanting to conceive as it helps fertility levels greatly. It’s best to take the supplements or drink the tea in between meals, but of course always check with your doctor beforehand, as you want to make an educated and well informed decision.
Information Courtesy: Livestrong Foundation, Baby center and Conceive easy