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Breakfast Helps Make a Baby

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome may overcome infertility by consuming more calories in the morning, according to Israeli researchers

By: Abigail Klein Leichman
Published: October 7th, 2013 in Health » Israel

Your mother always told you to eat a good breakfast for optimum energy to start your day. Now, Israeli researchers have found that eating more calories in the morning can also help you start a baby.

A big breakfast was shown to increase fertility among women who suffer from menstrual irregularities, in a study conducted by Prof. Oren Froy, director of the Nutrigenomics and Functional Foods Research Center at the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the Hebrew University; and Ma’ayan Barnea, Prof. Daniela Jocabovitz and Dr. Julio Weinstein from Tel Aviv University and Wolfson Medical Center.

"The research clearly demonstrates that indeed the amount of calories we consume daily is very important, but the timing as to when we consume them is even more important," said Froy.

The Israeli study, published last May in the journal Clinical Science, specifically examined whether timing of meals has an impact on the health of women whose menstrual irregularities are due to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

PCOS affects approximately 6-10 percent of women of reproductive age, causing insulin resistance and an increase in male sex hormones (androgens), which lead to fertility problems among other health issues.

Large morning meal makes a difference

Sixty women from the ages of 25 to 39 took part in the experiment over three months at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, just south of Tel Aviv. Each participant was of slender build, with a body mass index of less than 23, and suffered from PCOS. Researchers wanted to see how the schedule of participants’ calorie intake might affect their insulin resistance and levels of androgens.

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