Mediterranean-influenced nutrition may make it easier to conceive.
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Researchers found that the more closely someone adhered to the nutrition plan—eating five or more servings of vegetables a day, choosing fish instead of red meat, and consuming olive oil—the greater her chances were of becoming pregnant.
"This type of diet is rich in antioxidants and good-quality protein and lipids,” says study author Nikos Yiannakouris, Ph.D., associate professor of biology and physiology at Harokopio University in Athens. “Eating this way can help establish a healthy environment in the endometrium (the lining of the uterus), which can help women with pregnancy.”
And men can benefit too: Yiannakouris’s previous research found that guys who consumed the aforementioned foods had better sperm quality than those who didn’t.