Fertility Foods

What you are eating may affect how likely you are to become pregnant. Certain nutrients are needed for the production of hormones, which are important for the signaling to release and egg. A diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, complex grains and lean mean are important, along with some key vitamins. And what men eat makes a difference too. Sperm’s ability to access the egg depends on the nutrients and cofactors that are available. 

Replace “bad fats” with good ones. Avoid trans fats in general, these fats threaten fertility and they are also bad for the heart. Instead, use other options, such as Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive oil, Unrefined Coconut oil, and eat low-level toxicity cold water fish (such as salmons and sardines).

Choose quality protein. Replacing one serving a day of animal protein with vegetable protein can improve fertility. In general, animal protein is high in saturated fats, which has been shown to be pro-inflammatory and damaging to the cardiovascular system.

Consume lots of antioxidants. Berries are a great addition, as they are particularly high in antioxidants, and a low antioxidant status has been associated with decreased sperm production and premature aging of the ovaries. A diet rich in antioxidants may keep your reproductive system healthy longer.

Increase Minerals. Traditionally, oysters are famous for being a fertility food because they are high in zinc, which is vital for both male and female fertility. A zinc deficiency is associated with poor sperm production and a disrupted menstrual cycle. Other foods that are high in minerals include dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds, and crabs.

Drink extra water, and skip those sugary sodas. Sodas promote ovulatory infertility, and the sugar they provide is very pro-inflammatory, which is detrimental to overall health.


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