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Fertility Boosting Foods

Updated on May 12, 2011

Pre-conception can be a difficult time in a woman's life when it seems like everywhere you look somebody has a baby.If you're thinking about baby-making you should start with a pre-conception check up with your Doctor.

In the mean time, there are some foods you can be eating that will increase your reproductive health.

Whole Grains

Complex carbohydrates like those found in whole grain breads, brown rice, stone-ground cornmeal, and oatmeal are incredibly healthy for you for a number of reasons but we're talking fertility. We know that carb's affect your blood sugar levels but complex carb's...not so much. In fact, anything that's good for insulin function is good for fertility.

Monounsaturated, Polyunsatured, Omega-3 Fatty Acids

You'll find these fats in nuts, pumpkin and sesame seeds and deep sea fish like tuna and sardines. Two serves of fish each week and a serve of nuts and seeds each day will reduce inflammation and increase insulin sensitivity - remember...good for insulin production, good for fertility.

Full-Fat Dairy Products

Dairy products are rich in calcium which is not only vital for bone health but has also been found to be an important fertility nutrient. Harvard studies have shown that women who eat full fat foods (whole milk, yoghurt etc) have fewer issues with ovulation. So...that's right, now you can actually feel good about reaching for the full fat ice-cream - yippee.

Protein

Not just any old protein - we're talking vegetable proteins. Protein from plant sources like beans, peas, and peanuts has been associated with increased fertility. Beans are also high in iron, another fertility-helper.

Fresh Fruit & Veg

This is a no-brainer but so many benefits where do I start!? Fresh fruit and vegetables are full folate which is beneficial for neural tube problems (especially the dark green leafy veg). They are full of antioxidents which promote not just your general well being but your reproductive health too. A healthy diet should be built around fruit and veg - and whole grains - which means two fruit and five veg every day.

Many of the important nutrients found in fruit and veg are easily destroyed in the cooking process. Try steaming your veg and eat fresh wherever possible - you're heart and waistline will love you for it.

Ah nuts! (and pulses)

Nuts, seeds and pulses are the steroids of the food world. Who would have thought just looking at those tiny little critters? They contain plant chemicals called phytosterols, which have been linked to improving testosterone production. Sunflower seeds are the ultimate steroid of the nuts & pulses family and should also be included in your diet. Nuts are also rich in magnesium which is also beneficial in the sperm making process but what you really need is almonds. Almonds have the highest reproductive system nutrients and are rich in zinc and L-arginine.


Almonds are regarded as the most nutrient-containing nut high in important reproductive system nutrients including zinc and L-arginine. Sunflowers also regarded as the most nutrient-containing seed.

Chocolate

Aaah...the "viagra' of the Aztec world (and our favourite aphrodisiac) is known for releasing feel-good chemicals. Chocolate / pure cacao is rich in the mood-enhancing amino acids and is both a sedative that relaxes, and a stimulant that increases desire. Yes...there's a lot of truth in the saying - "Just hand over the chocolate and nobody gets hurt!"

Garlic

One particular study has shown that garlic can significantly increase in the weight of seminal vesicles, epididymides and the sperm counts were also significantly elevated. I wouldn't recommend this study though - the garlic was administered as 100mg per kilo of body weight in drinking water....eurk!

And don't forget these one's...

Pregnancy: alfalfa sprouts, bean sprouts, beet, beet greens, carrot, kale, lamb's quarters, parsnip, swiss chard, grapefruit, peach and watermelon.

Menstrual problems: beet, beet greens, swiss chard and water cress.

Impotence problems: alfalfa sprouts, kale, lamb's quarters and wheatgrass.

Prostate problems: asparagus, parsley, cherry, pear, strawberry and watermelon.


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    • Aamna Aamad profile image

      Aamna Aamad 

      7 years ago from Pakistan

      how touching to be called a sister, well have spoken to my doc and know all..they say there is no problem with you or your partner except that i should avoid mental n physical stress...and dear me thats wht i cant...need prayers.

    • Artist-For-Hire profile imageAUTHOR

      Artist-For-Hire 

      7 years ago from Western Australia

      Oh how frustrating for you. You can check out my blog called Getting Pregnant After... where I have heaps of info about pregancy, pre-conception, IVF...all sorts of stuff.

      I assume you have spoken to your Doctor? That's step one - rule out problems. Step Two - education.

      http://getting-pregnant-after.blogspot.com/2011/05...

      The biggest thing (and the HARDEST) is to try and relax - stress does terrible things to the body. Good luck sister =)

    • Aamna Aamad profile image

      Aamna Aamad 

      7 years ago from Pakistan

      Hi...very informative for me artist because since three years i m trying to concieve...voted up

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