Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare (MHLW) releases demographic statistics every year, and the birth rate is decreasing every year. The total fertility rate (the average number of children a woman can have between the ages of 15 and 49) is 1.42, down 0.01 points from the previous year.
It is said that the low figure is largely due to the trend toward late marriages and non-marriages, but there is more to it than that. In this article, we will explain the birth rate and what to eat for fertility.
Natural Conception is Becoming More Difficult
A survey has shown that “one in six couples in Japan have undergone some kind of fertility treatment” (National Institute of Population and Social Security Research), indicating that healthy natural pregnancy and childbirth are becoming increasingly difficult.
The other day, Yoshitaka Sakurada, former Minister of State for the Olympic and Paralympic Affairs of the Liberal Democratic Party, was forced to explain himself when he said, “I would like to ask women to have at least three children.” However, in the first place, we live in a time when it is not so easy to have a baby even if you want to.
Why are more women failing to get pregnant naturally?
A study conducted by Harvard University in the U.S. has revealed an interesting new fact that can help us understand the cause of this problem.
“Higher dietary and supplemental intakes of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA are associated with higher pregnancy and childbirth rates: EPA intake increases pregnancy rates by 10% and childbirth rates by 15%; DHA intake increases pregnancy rates by 8% and childbirth rates by 16%.”
“Converting 1% of total energy intake from saturated fatty acids to EPA and DHA increases fertility by a factor of 2.37.”
Omega-3 is an oil that cannot be produced by the body, so it must be obtained from blue fish such as mackerel or egoma oil.
The more omega-3 you consume in your diet or through supplements, the better your fertility outcomes will be.
Also, women with higher levels of omega-3 in their blood were on average more active and slender in build, less likely to smoke, and more likely to follow a healthy eating pattern.
In addition, Professor Toru Moriguchi of Azabu University, known for his research on the brain and oil, announced the results of a groundbreaking study: “Omega-3 oil not only makes it easier to get pregnant but also switches on the maternal tendency to care for one’s own child during pregnancy and after delivery.”
Men need to take Omega-3 as well
Women are not the only ones who need Omega 3. Men also suffer from inadequate omega-3 intake, which can lead to decreased sperm motility. Omega-3 is necessary for the flexibility of the tail of the sperm as they aim for the egg.
Fish intake by the Japanese has decreased dramatically over the past 20 years. “The fact that we don’t eat fish anymore” is one of the reasons why we can’t conceive naturally.
Nowadays, people eat less and less fish with good nutrition and as a result, the fertility rate is decreasing badly. Therefore, if you want to get pregnant naturally, it’s better to start eating fish that contain Omega-3 in abundance.
Also, not only you but also your partner should take Omega-3 to increase fertility. Don’t hesitate to tell your wish or what you want your partner to do.