Five Fertility Superfoods
It’s no secret that fertility issues are on the rise. Many women are coming to the realization that getting pregnant isn’t as easy as our 9th grade health teacher made it seem. For a select few it is, but for most of the population there are a slew of external and internal factors that affect the menstrual cycle, hormones, and the ability to conceive.
The good news is, if you have found yourself struggling to get pregnant, there are things you can do to empower yourself and increase your odds of a healthy pregnancy.
Although there are many factors that can contribute to difficulty conceiving, what you put into your body has a major influence on fertility. A body that’s healthy and running on good quality fuel is a body that gets pregnant. Growing a baby is one of the biggest jobs asked of the human body, so feeding it the right foods may be what’s missing.
Here are 5 fertility super foods and how they assist on the path to a healthy pregnancy. Even if getting pregnant is just a hope for the distant future, getting balanced hormonally now will only work in your favor.
Omega 3 essential fatty acids, more specifically known as EPA and DHA, are arguably the most
important nutrients when it comes to women’s health. The word essential means that our body
doesn’t produce them so we must get them via the diet and/or supplementation. These healthy
fats produce hormones, balance hormones, fight inflammation, and increase blood flow to the
uterus, which makes implantation more likely. The best sources are from wild-caught salmon,
walnuts, flaxseed oil, and organic eggs.
This tiny superfood has been used for thousands of years in Chinese Medicine to boost fertility.
These red berries are packed with antioxidants and studies have shown that they can increase
follicle growth in women and sperm count in men. Add them to your smoothies, oatmeal, or trail mix!
Cauliflower (and it’s cruciferous brothers and sisters)
These veggies contain a compound called indole-3-carbinole, which according to this study help
the liver metabolize estrogen more efficiently and convert stronger estrogen molecules into a
less potent kind. Too much estrogen is a super common cause of infertility in women, so eating
your cruciferous veggies can help offset that and balance the estrogen to progesterone ratio.
Citrus, citrus, and more citrus!
Whatever form of citrus is your jam, eat it often. The vitamin C found in citrus fruits is used
during ovulation and plays a key part in creating healthy follicles that mature appropriately. The
fluid that nourishes the egg in the follicle is highly concentrated with vitamin C. Keep in mind
that although vitamin C is critical for the process of getting pregnant, there is such thing as too
much, which can cause fertile cervical mucus to get too acidic for the sperm. That being said,
it’s highly unlikely that you’ll reach that level via diet, so one citrus fruit a day will do the job!
Super high in almost all of the essential nutrients necessary for pregnancy, these super seeds
had to make this list. Pumpkin seeds are high in magnesium which is essential for healthy egg
maturation and progesterone production.
Diet is one of the most accessible tools we have to keep ourselves healthy physically and mentally. As a practitioner of holistic medicine it's one of the first places I look when treating just about anything, including fertility.