Women who consume higher amounts of pesticide residues on fruit and vegetables are less likely to have IVF success. This finding was published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers studied 325 women who were using IVF to try to fall pregnant. The research was part of the Environment and Reproductive Health (EARTH) study, and was trying to determine which factors can affect reproductive success. The women all completed detailed questionnaires about their diet, weight, age and history of pregnancy and live births.

The scientists correlated the dietary questionnaires with a government database of typical pesticide residues on fresh vegetables and fruit, in an attempt to calculate the amount of pesticides the women would have been exposed to from their diet. Some fruits and vegetables (eg. strawberries, spinach and peppers) always rank highest on pesticide residues, whereas others (eg. Peas, bananas and avocados) rank lower.

Women with high pesticide exposure were consuming more than two servings of highly contaminated fruits and vegetables each day, compared to women in the lowest pesticide contamination group, who ate one serving of high pesticide fruits and vegetables each day. Women with the highest pesticide exposure were 18 percent less likely to fall pregnant than women with the lowest exposure. They were also 26 percent less likely to have a live birth.

Lead researcher Dr. Jorge Chavarro, associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health has said “I was always skeptical that pesticide residues in foods would have any impact on health whatsoever. So when we started doing this work a couple of years ago, I thought we were not going to find anything. I was surprised to see anything as far as health outcomes are concerned.”

Organic food is best, but it’s not always available or affordable. Also, fresh vegetables and fruits are a critical part of a healthy diet. Unfortunately there are pesticide residues in almost all the food we eat, and inside our own bodies. We just have to make the best choices with the foods that are available to us.

Infertility has been rising right around the world, and many different factors contribute. The healthier your liver is, the better able it will be to cleanse and detoxify your body. That’s why I recommend a course of Livatone Plus to all my patients before they fall pregnant. For more information on infertility see my book Infertility: The Hidden Causes: How to overcome them naturally.