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No Evidence That Taking Antioxidants Increases The Likelihood Of Pregnancy

August 5, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A review of scientific studies on antioxidants and fertility found no evidence that women are more likely to conceive when taking oral antioxidants. Women being treated for infertility often take dietary supplements, including antioxidants, to boost their chances of becoming pregnant. The researchers analyzed data from 28 clinical trials involving 3,548 patients of fertility clinics, finding no clear connection between antioxidant intake and the chance of conception. The researchers acknowledged that the quality of the trials was generally poor and the number of different antioxidants involved made it difficult to make comparisons. "We could not assess whether one antioxidant was better than another," said one researcher.
Marian G Showell et al., "Antioxidants for female subfertility", The Cochrane Library, August 05, 2013, © The Cochrane Collaboration
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