Scientists say that an element found brazil nuts may increase the likelihood of a woman becoming pregnant.
The mineral is selenium, which is a natural antioxidant that plays a crucial role in the early stages of conception.
Brazil nuts are also important for healthy ovarian follicles, which are responsible for the production of eggs in women. Brazil nuts have been tested and shown to have the highest amount of selenium, followed by seeds and grains, seafood, whole wheat bread, red meat and mushrooms.
University of Adelaide Melanie Ceko, who led the research, said. “Selenium is an essential trace element found in protein-rich foods such as red meat, seafood and nuts
“it is important for many biological functions such as immune response, the production of thyroid hormones, and acts as an antioxidant, helping to detoxify harmful chemicals in the body.
“We have known for some time that selenium is important for male fertility, but so far no one has investigated how this element could be involved in healthy reproduction in women.”
In the study, researchers showed exactly where selenium is found in the ovary. The researchers also found that selenium levels were higher in larger, healthy ovarian follicles, where the eggs are produced.
Ms. Ceko said: “We suspect that (Brazil nuts) play a key role as an antioxidant during the later stages of follicle development, which helps lead to a healthy egg environment. ”
The researchers hope that their evidence will help women with infertility problems.