Diet has long been associated with fertility, so it’s no surprise that there are certain foods that particularly help with both male and female infertility. Enjoying more of these “superfoods” not only will raise your chances of getting pregnant but will also improve your general health. Below we have some of the most popular superfoods that help with fertility, in a later series we will cover how seed cycling can help infertility.
Eating nuts and seeds seem to always be thrown around when we think of eating healthy. Walnuts are one of the many that are out there.I guess the quote, “one small thing can make a big difference” is true after all. Walnuts can be beneficial for sperm quality, are excellent sources of omega 3 fats and vitamin E which is great for endometrial health as well as B vitamins and protein.
Yogurt: A superfood
Have you noticed that the yogurt section has been steadily increasing and now seems to have taken over the dairy section? Well being one of the healthiest dairy options out there it’s no wonder these are taking over supermarkets.
A word that gets thrown around a lot about yogurt is probiotics. Probiotics literally mean for life that can benefit when eaten in adequate amounts. Probiotics or “good bacteria” helps with digestion. It is important to note that only yogurts that say “live and active cultures” on the label actually contain probiotics.
Since Yogurt is a dairy product it contains high amounts of both calcium and Vitamin D which may help prevent osteoporosis. Yogurt may also reduce the risk of blood pressure. In a study done by the Harvard School of Public health, there was a “50% reduction in the risk of developing high blood pressure among people eating 2-3 servings of low-fat dairy a day (or more), compared with those without any intake”.
If you are trying to get pregnant a study done by Harvard showed that “women who consume whole-milk dairy (like full-fat yogurt, cottage cheese, and ice cream), as opposed to low- or no-fat dairy, have fewer problems with ovulation”. However, it is important to stick to 1-2 servings of full-fat yogurt.
Superfoods to the Rescue- A know your Superfoods series
I’m starting a new series entitled Superfoods to the rescue. Have you ever wondered exactly what fruits or vegetables can do for your body? Need that extra motivation to be healthy? I’m here to help with simple posts about the nutritional benefits of our favorite Superhuman foods.
Starting off with the Avocado which is actually a fruit, not a veggie mainly because of the humongous seed found inside. Avocados have been considered by some to be a superfood because it contains a lot of the basic nutrients we need daily. For one it is very high in potassium and will help to balance the ever important potassium-sodium ratio and helps control blood pressure levels. Secondly, the avocado contains all eighteen essential amino acids necessarily to form a complete protein with the added bonus that it’s the most easily absorbed protein because they contain fiber.
Avocados also provide the right kind of fats, like Olive Oil avocados boost HDL(good cholesterol) which helps protect against heart disease and diabetes. They have also been found to be helpful as anti-inflammatory agents as they contain Vitamin C and E, carotenoids(beta-carotene, alpha-carotene), selenium, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids.