Your grandparents would have naturally eaten plenty of bitter foods as part of their diet without thinking about it, but have our tastes today changed?
Bitter foods have been shown to aid digestion, help nutrient absorption, stimulate immune function and even help keep sugar cravings at bay so they are very helpful in the diet.
Whenever you experience a bitter taste, like grapefruit, brussels sprouts, wild rocket or even a cup of strong coffee, there’s a reaction happening in your mouth between the chemical compounds in the food and your tastebuds. This is what creates that bitter taste sensation.
Bitter foods help get our digestive system going so that we can maximise nutrient absorption. This is so important for fertility as you need plenty of nutrients for good egg and sperm quality.
What is interesting when it comes to your fertility is that there are bitter taste receptors in the ovaries and uterus, interesting huh, who knew!
In 2018, a study was published showing that oral administration of the hops-derived bitter compound restored reproductive function in mice with PCOS. In fact, the treatment with bitters improved levels of oestrogen, testosterone and progesterone.
It makes you wonder if these receptors found in the reproductive tissues play an important role in promoting fertility as well.
So what are the bitter foods, I hear you ask?
- Bitter greens such as rocket, kale, watercress, dandelion, spinach and chicory
- Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, bok choi, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, radish, swede and turnip.
Making sure you are getting plenty of these foods in your diet is key, but if you want to boost your bitter benefits beyond the foods above you could take the Gallexier liquid herbal formula made by the brand Floradix. It’s an aperitif and digestive aid that contains artichoke, dandelion, turmeric and other bitter herbs. Here is a link to the product.
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