According to The Telegraph, a Washington University study of 135 women, aged 18 to 44, found that those who drank red wine on a regular basis had better “ovarian reserves”, meaning that they had more eggs present in their ovaries at any given time.
The researchers believe the fertility boost is thanks to red wine’s high levels of resveratrol, a powerful anti-inflammatory compound that is also said to help reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure, lengthen your lifespan, and protect the brain.
Before hopeful mums-to-be reach for the nearest bottle of merlot, it’s worth noting that the study reported the highest benefits for those who enjoyed a moderate amount of red wine – we’re talking five glasses of wine a month – and the same fertility boost was not produced by white wine, beer or spirits.
A 2016 study by the University of California was a little more generous, finding that a glass of red wine per day could help women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) add to their brood by correcting a hormone imbalance associated with the syndrome.
And while it might be tempting to unwind with a glass of red wine when you are dealing with the stress of trying to conceive, according to the Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council, not drinking is still the safest option for women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy.
Australian food and travel writer Sarah Lewis refuses to queue for breakfast, which is just as well, as she’s rarely out of bed before midday on weekends. Instead, you’ll find her trawling Melbourne’s laneways for negronis and late-night ramen (often followed by a cheeky McDonald’s cheeseburger on the way home).