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Oral antioxidants do not assist conception

Consuming oral antioxidants does not improve the chances of a woman conceiving, a meta-analysis has shown.

Researchers analysed data from 28 trials involving 3,548 women attending fertility clinics. Results showed no significant increase in a woman becoming pregnant when taking antioxidants compared to those taking placebos.

The study provides useful information for women who are trying to conceive or who are undergoing fertility treatment.

Read more at The Cochrane Library

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  1. Tom Hennessy

    Retired

    It likely has to do with the 'type' of antioxidants being used , whether they target increased iron, allowing for removal of the iron.
    Endometriosis and preeclampsia being two of the identifiable risks in fertility and both of those syndromes have been linked to increased iron levels.
    "Iron deposits are typical features of endometrial lesions and increased concentrations are found in the pelvic cavity of patients with the disease"
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16849816
    "Reactive oxygen species in peritoneal fluid might be a factor in infertility"
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9389810
    "Potentially toxic iron in preeclampsia and the released iron species
    may contribute to the aetiology and would exacerbatelipid peroxidation
    and endothelial cell injury"
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15898124

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