Dr Aradhya Achuri
Fertility Foods to Boost Your Chance of Conception
Updated: Feb 21
People today want a shortcut for everything. They want easy fixes for issues that might take a really long time. Weight loss fads have always been popular. One such thing that people expect crazy solutions for is infertility issues. They think that consuming a certain food or drink might miraculously have them in conceiving. While there is no such food that will magically help you in becoming pregnant, a well-balanced and nutrition rich diet can certainly support your overall well-being including reproductive health.
Its essential to note that these foods that we will be listing today, cannot help you if you suffer from infertility due to some medical conditions like abnormal sperm production, problems with the delivery of sperm, ovulation disorders, fallopian tube damage or blockage or endometriosis.
With that out of the way, below are certain foods that might help you in increasing your chances of getting pregnant or fathering a child.
Roasted and unsalted sunflower seeds are rich in vitamin E, an essential nutrient that increases sperm count and motility in some people. Additionally, sunflower seeds are high in folate and selenium, which are important for male and female fertility. Sunflower seeds are also a good source of omega6 fatty acids and contain small amounts of omega3 fatty acids.
Citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits are some of the best sources of vitamin C. They contain the polyamine putrescine, which animal studies have shown has the potential to improve egg and semen health.
Pasture milk products are an excellent fertility and pregnancy option for those who can tolerate them. Dairy products are high in saturated fats, which are particularly good for fertility. They're also a good source of fat-soluble vitamins, including vitamins A, E, D, and K. and K2.
4.Beans and Lentils
Beans and lentils are excellent sources of fiber and folic acid, both of which are critical to maintaining healthy hormone levels. Lentils also contain high levels of polyamine spermidine, which can help sperm fertilize the egg. Lentils and beans are also high in protein, which can help promote healthier ovulation.
Walnuts are rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. This is part of what led researchers to consider whether they could support fertility.
Egg yolks provide almost all of the iron, calcium, zinc, vitamin B6, folic acid, and vitamin B12 in eggs. They also contain 100% of the vitamin A of the egg. Egg yolks from pasture-raised chickens are also extremely high in fertility-boosting omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA and fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K2.
Taking cinnamon supplements can help start irregular menstrual cycles in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a common cause of female infertility.
Tomatoes are high in the nutrient lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that can help increase fertility. Lycopene has been extensively studied for its potential role in improving male fertility.
Beetroot and their greens are an underrated vegetable. Beets are known to improve blood flow to the uterus to aid in the implantation of the embryo. A diet rich in beets is particularly helpful during IVF treatment. Because of this, they should definitely be added to your fertility nutrition list even if you are not undergoing IVF.
10.Dark Leafy Greens
We should all be eating dark green vegetables every day, but they are especially important when trying to get pregnant. Kale and spinach contain essential prenatal nutrients like calcium, iron, and folic acid (which also help protect against birth defects), not to mention tons of vital daily fiber.