Most couples ignore the fact that food and fertility are intrinsically connected. A research study conducted by Harvard Medical School clearly outlines the role of diet in boosting fertility. The study conducted on 18,000 women over a period of eight years shows that diet, among other things, can play a crucial role in maintaining reproductive health. The study concluded that women with irregular ovulation reduced their risk for infertility by 80%, simply by making specific dietary changes. This ascertains that fertility boosting foods can in fact reverse infertility caused from certain conditions. These recommendations are of course aimed at improving ovulation and other hormonal imbalances and in cases where infertility is caused from physical impediments like blocked fallopian tubes, diet cannot really rectify the problem. But in cases where dietary approach can be applied, it is the best possible option to begin with. It’s natural, safe, inexpensive and has no side effects!
So what kind of diet is considered fertility friendly? Do we really have fertility boosting foods that can make a substantial difference? According to Mike, a fitness trainer and life coach who writes for B Method, UAE’s first ever ‘Fitness for Fertility’ blog, “It’s not just a healthy diet, but certain foods; specific foods that have the ability to boost fertility because of their nutritional content.” Inclusion of these specific nutrient dense foods in daily diet will help support the reproductive system and maintain hormonal balance, egg health and sperm health. He recommends the following fertility boosting foods for men and women.
FERTILITY BOOSTING FOODS FOR HIM
Tomatoes are one of the best food sources when it comes to the antioxidant, lycopene. Studies show that lycopene has been found to significantly improve motility (the sperms ability to swim), activity and structure of sperm. Use tomato puree along with some olive oil to aid in the absorption of this fat-soluble antioxidant that is lycopene.
In addition to being known for their natural aphrodisiac, oysters help boost fertility because of their high zinc content. Other zinc rich foods include baked beans, eggs, and walnuts.
Lentils are considered one of the richest sources of folate (natural folic acid) which is equally as important for male fertility as it is for female fertility. Men with lower folate intake often have higher rates of chromosomal abnormalities in their sperm which can affect fertility.
Blueberries contain two of the best, most powerful antioxidants there are (quercetin and resveratrol). Quercetin helps maintain healthy sperm parameters including motility and quality while resveratrol helps to improve sperm count and motility.
Avocados are a great source for vitamin E and essential for fertility. Along with being another powerful antioxidant, it also improves the viability of sperm. Avocados are considered “healthy fats” and are essential for hormone function.
FERTILITY BOOSTING FOODS FOR HER
Foods such as pancakes, breads, cornmeal, oatmeal, and even brown rice aid in pregnancy by helping to maintain blood sugar and insulin levels. Anything that improves insulin function is good for fertility.
Yams & Berries
Yams are full of fertility-friendly vitamins. Berries on the other hand, such as raspberries and blueberries, are loaded with antioxidants to protect the body from cell damage and ageing, including egg cells. Strawberries and blackberries are also great.
A variety of nuts such as almonds and walnuts, both rich in Vitamin E, helps to improve female sex drive while protecting embryos from miscarriages.
Baked potatoes, which are rich in Vitamin B and E, enhance cell division and increase the likelihood of healthy ovaries being produced. Potatoes also secrete enzymes that help in implantation of fertilized egg and reducing the chances of early miscarriage.
Eggs are packed with nutritional sources that boost fertility. They contain Vitamin B12 and folate, both of which minimize birth defects. Eggs are also rich in antioxidants and carotenoids which also help to boost fertility in women.
The B Method, is a fitness for fertility blog on Conceiveivf.com that provides the readers with nutrition advice, lifestyle modifications and effective exercises that can help them stay fit and healthy.