For thousands of years, people have been brewing tea. Tea has been used for a variety of purposes, from treating the symptoms common cold to an aphrodisiac. Green tea, in particular, is thought to have specific properties that can provide a variety of health related benefits. Among these, some studies are even showing that there may be a link between green tea and fertility.
Green tea, because it is made from unfermented leaves, has the highest concentration of what is known as polyphenols. Polyphenols are what gives green tea its bitter flavor. Polyphenols work in the body as antioxidants. Advocates of green tea suggest that these polyphenols may be even more powerful antioxidants than Vitamin c. By acting as an antioxidant, green tea can help the functioning of every system in the body, including the reproductive system.
Green tea is also thought to help the urinary tract. By keeping the urinary tract clear and free of infection or debris, green tea offers another benefit to fertility, to both men as well as to women.
One study, conducted at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program of Northern California in Oakland produce startling results in terms of the link between green tea and fertility. In fact, the women in this study that drank a half a cup or more of green tea actually doubled the odds that they would conceive. Having said that, the study did not rule out other possible factors that could have increased fertility, such as not smoking or getting exercise on a regular basis.
Many women who are trying to become pregnant may consider using green tea as a part of their fertility planning. When used alongside fertility supplements that include things like Vitex (Chasteberry), a woman may be able to maximize her fertility, without having to turn to expensive or complex fertility procedures, or to fertility medications that may have undesirable side effects. As always, if you have concerns about your fertility you should consider speaking with your health care provider.