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Avocado and olive oil triple the chances to get pregnant study says

Avocado (Persea Americana), has been present in the Mediterranean diet since long time ago, where they share prominence with other herbs as rosemary, parsley, sage, garlic and oregano, among many others, and let's not forget olive oil, an integral part of the Mediterranean diet too.

Avocados are also part of salads, where most of the times olive oil, rich in monounsaturated fats, is also present. Now, a study presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology and carried out by the Harvard School of Public Health, says the combination of both increases the chances to get pregnant of those would-be mothers undergoing an In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) treatment.

In fact, the study, performed among 147 women undergoing IVF treatment, refers to sources rich in monounsaturated fats, as avocados, nuts and olive oil. Image: See credits under reference [5] below.


Family: Lauraceae

Genus: Persea

Common name: Avocado, Avocado pear, Alligator pear, Butter pear, Trapp avocado, West-indian avocado [4].



Monounsaturated fats, commonly known as "good fats" are generally believed to be beneficial, contrary to the polyunsaturated fats, known as "bad fats" for obvious reasons. Among the different types of olive oil, the richest one in monounsaturated fats is extra virgin or virgin olive oil, mainly due to the reason that those ones are least processed forms of olive oil.

Avocados are also rich in polyphenols, active constituents of many well known herbs and plants, some of them used in traditional herbal remedies, and also known to exert many health benefits and properties against carcinogenesis, tumor cell proliferation, metastasis and inflammation. They also exert powerful antioxidant properties. In olives polyphenols contribute to give a bitter taste to olives and act also as astringents [3].

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[1] Hardvard School of Public Health
[2] Wikipedia article on olive oil.
[3] Protective mechanisms of green tea polyphenols in skin. Oyetakinwhite P, Tribout H, Baron E. Department of Dermatology, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH 44106-5028, USA.
[4] Plant names: Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database - A Work in Progress. Institute of Land & Food Resources. The University of Melbourne. Australia. < http://www.plantnames.unimelb.edu.au/Sorting/Persea.html >
[5] Pixabay image under Public Domain License CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).