A diet rich in organic vegetables, meat, wild fish and unprocessed natural whole foods is vital for good health full stop but especially if you are asking your body to build a baby. Here are my top 10 fertility foods to add to your diet and why they are so beneficial.
Top 10 Fertility Foods:
- Buckwheat – A wonderful grain that is gluten-free but also rich in the compound D-Chiro-inositol, which has been shown to lower insulin and testosterone levels and increase rates of ovulation, thereby improving fertility.
- Leafy greens – Spinach, Kale, chard, watercress and many others are high in folic acid, which is essential for healthy ovaries and reduces the risk of spinal cord or brain defects in babies. They are also rich in vitamin E, magnesium and calcium which promote menstrual health.
- Chickpeas – rich in vitamin B6 which is essential for the production of healthy progesterone levels for conception, as well as improving sperm and egg development.
- Honey – all honey, but especially bee pollen and royal jelly, is a nutrient-rich compound with many features. While being fed royal jelly by the worker bees, queens lay up to two thousand eggs each day. Bee pollen can help stimulate ovarian function when trying to conceive. My only caveat to this advice is if you are sensitive to sugars sometimes honey can aggravate the body and cause thrush so tune in to how you feel on it. In some women, a teaspoon of raw local honey a day can improve fertile mucus quality.
- Eggs – These ancient symbols of fertility sometimes only get associated with causing high cholesterol. However, they are one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. Rich in vitamin D which is essential in maintaining healthy ovulation. A great source of protein to balance your blood sugar and also hormone levels.
- Sunflower seeds – Rich in zinc, which helps the body more efficiently utilise your reproductive hormones (oestrogen and progesterone) and also helps with DNA production that can support Egg quality.
- Salmon – Omega 3 fatty acids, which salmon has in abundance, helps in regulating hormones and ovulation, while also increasing cervical mucus and blood flow to the reproductive organs.
- Avocados – They’re high in monounsaturated fat, which has been shown to positively affect IVF outcomes.
- Cinnamon – In addition to its antibacterial and digestion improving properties, cinnamon contains a compound that makes fat cells more responsive to insulin, which in turn increases ovulation rates.
- Turmeric – Not only will this spice boost the health of your reproductive system; it – along with other similar “warming” spices, such as coriander, cumin, cardamom, ginger and black pepper – helps dispel, according to TCM (traditional Chinese medicine), excessive dampness in the reproductive organs. It helps create a drier, warmer internal environment that’s ideal for conception.