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Top 5 Foods to Boost Fertility

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5 Best Foods to Boost Fertility

Top 5 Foods to Boost Fertility

Infertility can be a very stressful process, but the food you eat can be very supportive to your fertility and its one aspect of the process that you can most definitely control.  The main focus when it comes to food should be on whole, real nourishing foods and not on overly restrictive eating plans and detoxes. The emphasis should be on eating vitamin and mineral-rich foods in order to ensure your body has all the nutrients necessary for fertility and pregnancy. While nutrition can’t solve every case of infertility, it can solve some and be very supportive of your wish to get pregnant.

Include these beneficial fertility-friendly foods to boost fertility:

Eggs

eggs

Eggs are rich in protein and contain beneficial nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin D, and choline. While many women avoid eggs or eat egg whites instead of whole eggs in order to avoid the cholesterol in the yolks, this practice is misguided, as all of the nutrients in eggs are within the yolk. Vitamin A is essential for reproduction, and choline may also help to prevent neural tube defects during pregnancy.

Kale

kale

Kale and other cruciferous vegetables (such as Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, Broccoli etc.) contain indole-3-carbinol, which is a phytonutrient that may have beneficial effects on estrogen balance. In addition, kale is a fantastic source of folate, which is essential for preventing neural tube defects. Kale also contains vitamin C, a potent antioxidant, important for protecting eggs and sperm from free radical damage. Other cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and arugula. Kale and the other fibrous vegetables in this family are best eaten cooked for better digestion and absorption.

Low-glycemic carbohydrates

veggies

Carbohydrates should come from foods with a low glycemic index, like legumes, fruits and vegetables, and limited dairy. I recommend keeping starch or grain portions to about 1/2 cup serving or less at meals, as starches and grains tend to cause bigger spikes in blood sugar levels. Keep sweets and foods with added sugar to a minimum. Sugar is often a main contributor for weight gain and PCOS, both of which can contribute to infertility through hormone imbalances.

Healthy fats

nuts and berries

The fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K are found within fat in foods, so if you eat a very low-fat diet, it can be difficult to get enough of these important vitamins. Many women are vitamin D deficient, and research has indicated that correcting vitamin D deficiency may help improve menstrual cycle regularity in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a major cause of infertility. Higher blood levels of vitamin D also may also help improve pregnancy rates in women undergoing fertility treatments. Examples of healthy fats include olive oil or coconut oil, avocados, and nuts and seeds, especially vitamin E-rich sunflower seeds and almonds.

Low-mercury fish

fish

While many women are advised to avoid fish, fish has many benefits for those trying to conceive, thanks to its omega-3 fatty acids. It’s just important to stick to the lowest mercury fish, and limit consumption to 12 ounces per week. Higher intakes of omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to better egg and sperm quality and have anti-inflammatory properties that may be helpful in inflammatory conditions like PCOS. Low-mercury fish include wild salmon, whitefish, sardines, and herring.

Emma Olliff

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I am on a mission to transform the health of millions worldwide. Check out my website at staceychillemi.com. I am a popular and recognizable health and lifestyle reporter and expert, columnist and health host. Author of The Complete Guide to Natural Healing and Natural Remedies for Common Conditions, along with 20 other published books. I am the founder of The Complete Herbal Guide and a recognized health and natural remedies expert, with over 20 years in practice as a Health Coach. I write for the Huffington Post, Huff Post, Thrive Global and Medium (Owned by Arianna Huffington). I have been a guest on the Dr. Oz Show, local news, and numerous radio shows. My focus is on natural healing, herbal remedies, alternative methods, self-motivation, food for medicine, nutrition, fitness, natural beauty remedies and the power of positive thinking.