ICSI Smoothie? Cocktail of Beetroot, Watermelon and Ginger Juice Show Promise in Helping Infertility Treatments


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Philadelphia, PA – A study of nearly 300 infertility patients undergoing Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) were enrolled in a clinical study to evaluate the effectiveness of certain nutritional supplements. The investigators found that the patients receiving the supplements had increased embryo implantation rates, higher clinical pregnancy rates and lower miscarriage rates than those in the control group.

The research was presented by a team of Brazilian investigators at the 75th Annual Scientific Congress of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. The study enrolled 296 patients, with a third going into a control group and 2/3 into a treatment group. Patients in the treatment group took a daily dose of homemade juice made from beetroot, watermelon and ginger starting on the day of their embryo transfer up until their pregnancy test.

The treatment group’s embryo implantation rate was 24.2% while the control group was only 17.8%. The clinical pregnancy rate was 41% for the treatment group and only 21.6 for the controls. Finally, there were no miscarriages in the treatment group while 18% of the patients in the control group suffered miscarriages.

“While preliminary in nature, this carefully designed study has some potentially valuable findings. I am probably not going to immediately recommend beet juice to my patients but is certainly worthy of further investigation.” Stated Bradley Hurst MD President of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Editor’s note: This paper has been selected by reviewers as a prize paper candidate.

O-5 Halpern et al “Beetroot, Watermelon and Ginger Juice Supplementation May Increase the Clinical Outcomes of ICSI”


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