Researchers at Pennsylvania State University, in America, have discovered zinc deficiency could have a negative impact on early egg development – affecting fertility
Lead researcher James Hester said the study, which was carried out using mice oocytes, is the first step in understanding the complicated process of oocyte growth prior to .
He said: “While this is a novel time point to investigate, our results really underscore what we already know: women who want to get pregnant should eat a healthy balanced diet and take a prenatal vitamin. (For that matter, everyone should probably eat better and take their vitamins).”
The researchers collected preantral follicles from mice and matured them in a cell culture dish. They compared eggs matured in a zinc deficient environment to those grown with normal levels of zinc.