Having given the ability to give birth to someone is truly an extraordinary thing in the first place. Actually, conceiving can simply be described as a truly painstaking yet miraculous experience.
There are always these rules about what one should and shouldn’t eat once they’re pregnant, but what if you’re trying to conceive? It is common knowledge that whatever we consume plays a huge role in helping our bodies function properly, and the reproduction system is no different.
If you’re planning on an addition to your family or you’ve been trying to conceive, here are 7 fertility boosting food that will help you:
- Quinoa: This gluten-free grain is a fertility staple. Quinoa can control blood sugar levels. Whole grains, such as brown rice or whole-grain bread, it takes a long time for your body to digest it because of its high fiber and protein content, resulting in stabilizing your blood sugar levels and keeping hunger at bay. Fluctuation in blood sugar and insulin levels can lead to insulin resistance and even diabetes which is a big red flag if you’re trying to get pregnant. Your insulin levels are unstable as your blood sugar level changes after a sugary meal – highly affecting your hormone balance.
- Spinach: Leafy green veggies are a great source of iron and folate. Iron plays a vital part during your menstruation cycle and supports ovulation and healthy egg development. Spinach and other dark leafy vegetables are also helpful to stock up on iron before you conceive, to make sure that you’re not entering pregnancy as an anemic. Another important nutrient that becomes more than necessary during the first few weeks after you conceive is folate. It supports brain, heart and neural tube development in baby and also helps to avoid pregnancy complications.
- Ice Cream: Yeah, you read that right. In a study conducted by The Nurses’ Health Study found that one or two daily servings of whole milk or whole milk products protect against ovulatory infertility. Jorge E. Chavarro, assistant professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health says that skim and low-fat milk, surprisingly, does the opposite. He says, removing the fat from the milk changes its balance of sex hormones which can cause complications during ovulation.
- Beans: Sometimes, it seems that Beans are a gift that keeps on giving. This tasty and nutritious food is also fertility-boosting. Harvard School of Public Health had researched nearly 19,000 female nurses, and it was found that women who ate a lot of plant protein were substantially less likely to have trouble conceiving. Beans are also a good source of fiber and protein. Try mixing the beans into a salad or curry to take the maximum benefits of this magical fruit.
- Blueberries: These small, little colorful fruits such as blueberries, raspberries, pomegranates, and strawberries are not just a great source of vitamin C, folate and fiber. These fruits are also full of antioxidants which boost fertility in both men and women. Antioxidants present in these fruits help to reduce the damage to reproductive cells caused by environmental toxins created in the body during conception.
- Pumpkin Seeds: Non-Heme Iron, found in a particular type of plant is present in high quantity in this plant food. A study conducted found that women who regularly took iron supplements which were non-heme iron had 40% less chance of having complications than those who didn’t take iron. Get those pumpkin seeds together and chomp them for a crunchy snack which will help you to boost your fertility.
- Greek Yogurt: It makes for a great breakfast or as a portable snack filled with protein, vitamin D and calcium. Vitamin D has been shown to play a vital role in regulating menstrual cycles and improving fertility by balance sex hormones. Several types of research suggest that full-fat dairy is the way to go to stack yourself with the right balance of nutrients. Always prefer the organic greek yogurts to avoid additional hormones and additives.
Omkar Kulkarni is a self-proclaimed art appreciator, a certified film reviewer and someone’s favorite human being.