Updated: Sep 16, 2021
Ever heard of the phrase "You are what you eat."? It turns out it is true when it comes to fertility. Eating healthier foods can boost your odds of conception.
The nutrients that flow throughout your body greatly affect the performance of your reproductive organ. Balanced nutrition can certainly help assist your health as a whole, including reproductive health for both men and women.
Below are a few foods that you can incorporate into your diet to help maximize your chance of fertility success:
Studies show that zinc deficiency is associated with low testosterone levels, increased risk of male
infertility, and poor sperm quality.
Oysters are chock-full of fertility-boosting supplements. They are high in Zinc and can help increase testosterone levels and sperm count. A serving of six raw oysters contains these essential vitamins and minerals:
188% of your daily recommended zinc
187% of your daily recommended selenium
43% of your daily recommended iron
408% of your daily recommended vitamin B12
Pomegranates are packed with antioxidants and are known to boost sperm quality and have also been known to stimulate the uterus.
Vitamin D in eggs helps the body make oestrogen- the important female sex hormone for sexual and reproductive development. Vitamin D is also known to contribute to greater sperm motility.
Egg yolks are also an important source of protein and choline- a vitamin that helps develop brain function in babies.
4. Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds are full of selenium and folate which both plays a key role in male and female
fertility. They also contain vitamin E and other antioxidants which greatly help with sperm count and sperm movement.
There's a common belief that eating a pineapple core- which contains the highest concentration of bromelain, an anti-inflammatory and blood-thinning agent- for 5 days before IVF can help with implantation by increasing blood flow to the uterus. Inflammatory foods can hinder your fertility and may make your body stop ovulation.
6. Fatty fish
A fertile man's sperm has a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids.
You can get omega-3s by consuming fatty fish like salmon, sardines, anchovies, and herring.
Salmon (choose wild if you can) is one of the good sources of your daily recommended value of vitamin D and selenium.
Every type of berries is excellent for egg protection from the damages of aging because they are packed with antioxidants. Raspberries and blueberries protect your body from cell damage and cell aging, and strawberries are also known to increase a woman's libido naturally.
8. Leafy greens, Beans, and Lentils
Leafy greens (think spinach and kale) and beans are high in folate- a B vitamin that helps keep sperm free of chromosomal abnormalities. Folic acid is essential prior to conception and during early pregnancy and has been identified to significantly reduce the risk of neural tube abnormalities (like spina bifida) in developing babies.
Lentils and beans are also high in protein, which can help improve ovulation. Beans are packed with iron, which aids in increasing fertility and libido. Low iron levels can cause you not to produce a healthy egg during ovulation.
In Chinese medicine, yams are called Shan Yao, and are combined with herbal tonics.
The phytoestrogens and progesterone-like properties in yams can help manage the hormone balance, it helps regulate the body’s menstrual cycles. Progesterone helps the growth and thickening of the lining of the endometrium. If an egg is fertilized after ovulation, the thickened lining of the endometrium provides a healthy environment for fetal growth.
Walnuts specifically can boost sperm quality because they are full of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Other antioxidant-rich nuts are almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, peanuts, and pine nuts.