Top 10 Foods that Help Promote Fertility » Daily Mom
Harvard Medical School released a study regarding diet and fertility explaining that, while there are uncontrollable factors that affect fertility, such as age or genetics, there are also controllable factors, such as specific foods you should be eating and also avoiding, in order to improve fertility.
With some simple diet changes and a little inside knowledge on fertility, women and men can tip the fertility scale in their favor.
Here are the best super foods for both males and females to help boost fertility.
Top 5 Super Foods to Improve Male Fertility
Fish is rich in omega-3s and omega-6s. The oil of salmon, sardines, shellfish and mackerel are an excellent way to positively effect sperm count. These oils can also enhance the quality of sperm and help regulate overall male reproductive health. It also helps improve blood flow! Whether you grill your fish or bake it in an oven, there are some great fish recipes out there to encourage men to eat more fish.
Here is one recipe you’re sure to LOVE!
2. Pumpkin Seeds:
Pumpkin seeds have essential fatty acids that aid in male fertility. Eating 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds a day will do the reproductive system good.
It’s no secret that oysters are known for being natural aphrodisiacs, but they’re also high in zinc which contributes to boosting male fertility. Oysters are similar to beans, eggs and nuts which should also be added in as supplements in a fertility diet meant to enhance male fertility.
Honey is rich in minerals and amino acids that have been known as fertility boosters and is also very beneficial for promoting a healthy reproductive system. It’s so easy to add honey to your morning cereal or smoothie, and if you’re a tea drinker, add in a bit of honey to your tea to sweeten it up.
Avocados are rich in vitamin E and are a great source to help enhance fertility. Avocados are also a powerful antioxidant and improves the viability of sperm. Avocados are a great source of unsaturated fats that are known for helping hormone functionality. If you like avocado, go ahead, indulge and whip up your favorite guacamole dip!
Top 5 Super Foods to Improve Female Fertility
1. Whole Grains:
Whole grains are a great source for complex carbohydrates that aid in pregnancy by helping maintain insulin and blood sugar levels. It’s known that anything that improves insulin function is great for fertility. Whole grains are easy to incorporate into your diet. Try making whole grain pancakes or incorporating brown rice into your meals.
2. Berries and Yams:
Berries, such as raspberries and blackberries, are loaded with antioxidants that protect the body from cell damaging and aging including your egg cells. You can also incorporate other berries like strawberries and blueberries into your diet which also work well. Yams are known for containing an ovulation stimulating substance and they’re rich in fertility-friendly vitamins. Heads up to those individuals that love yams, eating yams can increase your chances of conceiving twins.
Make sure your diet includes a lot of protein, which is a great source for amino acids because they are the building blocks behind muscles and reproductive eggs. Also try eating plant proteins including peanuts, peas, and beans. Consume red meat and poultry in moderation. Also, keep fish intake to a minimal as mercury, which most fish contain, can cause more issues than positive contributions.
4. Dairy Products (full-fat):
Another study released by Harvard Medical School showed that full-fat yogurt, milk and even ice cream boosted fertility and aided in ovulation. Additionally, dairy products contain calcium which is also an important nutrient for fertility. Get your dairy fix by making fruit smoothies or eat yogurt loaded with raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and/or blueberries.
Here is a favorite recipe that you can incorporate into your daily diet.
There are a variety of herbs that are known to contribute to fertility by acting like a natural fertility medication. It’s a smart idea to talk to your doctor before taking herbs because herbs can be quite potent. Some herbs that help increase fertility include:
- Dong Qui: This herb helps balance estrogen levels in the body and improves chances of implantation. It’s also useful in problems associated with menstruation.
- Chasteberry: This herb helps increase fertility by stimulating the pituitary gland which controls the production of all sex hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. It also helps in balancing sex hormones.
In addition to eating some of the foods mentioned above, it’s also recommended that a healthy diet and regular exercise routine is incorporated into a daily routine. Try including fresh fruits and juices that are high in antioxidants as well as green leafy vegetables which are high in folate which is known to prevent birth defects in pregnancy. In addition to diet and exercise, it’s important to stay properly hydrated.
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Source credits: Harvard Medical School
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