Believe it or not, nutrition plays its own role in helping your body prepare for conception. To maximise your chances, you may have to look into your diet. Below are 5 top natural fertility boosting foods for women.
1. Whole Grains – Women should choose their complex carbohydrates wisely and include whole grain breads, brown rice, baked potatoes (with skin) and oatmeal because they are rich in fibre and don’t affect blood sugar and insulin as dramatically when consumed as refined carbohydrates such as white bread, white rice, fried chips/plantain, bleached flour, etc). And anything that’s good for insulin function is good for fertility.
2. Plant Protein – Also increasing the proportion of protein from plant sources like beans, peas, soybeans, tofu and nuts has been associated with increased fertility, as opposed to protein from red meat and poultry. Beans are also high in iron, another fertility-helper. I am not saying become a vegetarian or vegan, heaven knows how much I love meat myself but do try to limit meat to occasional small portions.
3. Full-Fat Dairy Products – I hope it brings a smile to your face when I say whole milk, full-fat yogurt, and even ice cream are ideal as fertility foods. A study at Harvard university found that women who consume these foods (as opposed to low-fat or no-fat dairy) have fewer problems with ovulation. It doesn’t mean you should drop the magazine and head straight to ice cream factory for a double helping of dulce de leche. Remember it is important to maintain a healthy weight for frequent ovulation, so choose no more than one serving of a small dish of ice cream or full-fat yogurt every day.
4. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables – They are great for all round general health and no surprise great for fertility. First of all, they are full of antioxidants, which promote general and reproductive health. Plus many fruits and vegetables e.g. oranges and citrus fruits, strawberries, green leafy vegetables are high in folate, an important nutrient to load up on before pregnancy to prevent birth defects. Extra iron from plants, including whole-grain cereals, spinach, beans, pumpkin, tomatoes, and beets, appears to promote fertility.
5. Eat The “Right” Fats – Monounsaturated, Polyunsatured, Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Say “no” to trans fats and saturated fats found in cakes, biscuits, candy bars etc, and yes to monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, and omega-3 fatty acids found in avocados, nuts, sesame and pumpkin seeds, sardines, and salmon etc. These fats reduce inflammation and increase insulin sensitivity.
So, stock up on these fertility foods as you get busy trying for a baby.
Jeff Fischer is a diet expert who helps nursing mothers, pregnant women and generally overweight clients target and achieve their goals through healthy diets.