A fact that was discovered 15 years ago by researchers at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program of Northern California in Oakland hasn’t received enough attention.
Women who drink more than one-half cup of caffeinated tea every day may actually increase their odds of conceiving, according to findings published in the American Journal of Public Health.
“The study of 210 women who were trying to conceive found that those who drank as little as half a cup of caffeinated tea each day were twice as likely to become pregnant as women who did not drink tea.
Polyphenolic compounds in tea may promote fertility by inhibiting chromosomal abnormalities, thereby decreasing the number of nonviable embryos, suggested the researchers, led by Bette Caan, Dr.P.H.
And hypoxanthine, another chemical in tea, might be the primary component of follicular fluid contributing to maturation and fertilizability of oocytes.”
In other words, antioxidants in tea may destroy damaged eggs, so only healthy ones are released upon ovulation. AND, another component of tea helps the egg to mature and increases the odds of fertilization.
These facts are fascinating and great news for tea drinkers!