When it comes to conceiving a baby, the motions may be easy enough, but there is more that goes into this than the physical motions. Did you know that your diet, as well as the amount of specific nutrients you take in as a woman can greatly affect your fertility rate? Yes, it is true, which is why here we have a list of the 7 best fertility foods to enhance fertility. We also have a small section on foods that absolutely need to be avoided.
Orange and Grapefruit
Both orange and grapefruit juice are shown to help enhance fertility. Both of these fruits contain a compound known as polyamine putrescine. It is shown that chromosomal defects in female eggs can decrease by as much as 50% when grapefruit or orange juice is ingested daily, specifically thanks to the compound we just mentioned.
On a side note, both of these fruits are also very high in vitamin C, with low vitamin C levels also being linked to higher rates of infertility. You can make smoothies out of these fruits, add them to salads, make juice out of them, or just eat them on their own, all of which should help to increase fertility.
More Full-fat Dairy Products
Another type of food which is shown to help increase fertility in females is full-fat yogurt, milk, and ice cream, as well as full-fat cheese. Studies have shown that women who eat full-fat dairy products have fewer problems when it comes to ovulation and the menstrual cycle, thus directly effecting fertility. One thing you can do is to switch to whole milk instead of skim, 1%, or 2% milk. Eating some full fat ice cream, yogurt, and cheeses can help too.
Lots of Cooked Tomatoes
Obviously, it takes 2 to tango, or to make a baby. Well, if it is your man that might not be the most fertile, try feeding him many more cooked tomatoes. You can make spaghetti, tomato soup, or anything else of the sort.
Cooked tomatoes are high in a substance known as lycopene. It is shown that between 4 and 8 mg of this substance per day, for at least 8 months, can go a long way in boosting male fertility. Keep in mind that cooked tomatoes contain much more lycopene than raw ones.
Beans and Lentils
Another fertility super food to keep in mind, or foods we should say, are beans and lentils. Both beans and lentils contain a lot of plant-based protein. It is shown that women who eat lots of plant-based proteins, as opposed to meat-based proteins, experience fewer ovulation problems.
At the same time, these foods also contain lots of polyamine spermidine. This is a substance that helps male sperm fertilize female eggs. Moreover, beans and lentils also contain lots of fiber and folate, both of which are important in terms of ovulation, conception, and healthy embryos, in their own respective ways.
Asparagus is often regarded as being one of the very best foods to help women increase fertility. Asparagus is full of vitamins and nutrients, but they don’t have many calories. So they will fill you up, provide you with nutrients, and won’t cause weight gain.
Just a single cup of boiled asparagus contains 60% of your daily folate needs, your full daily serving of vitamin K, 8% of your daily zinc needs, and 16% of your daily selenium needs. Furthermore, asparagus is rich in vitamins A, B, and C. When you put all of this together, asparagus certainly is a fertility super food.
Yes, oysters are excellent for fertility, but they need to be raw. When you cook oysters, you remove a lot of their nutritional value. While raw oysters are not everybody’s thing, they will help with fertility. Did you know that 6 raw oysters only contain 140 calories?
This means that they will not cause excessive weight gain, although they do contain a lot of nutrients which help with fertility. 6 raw oysters contain 43% of your daily iron requirements, over 400% of your daily vitamin B needs, and roughly 180% of your daily selenium and zinc needs. When it comes down to it, being able to stomach a few raw oysters can certainly go a long way in helping you become more fertile.
Yes, girls, beef liver is a great fertility food. We know that we said that women should eat more plant-based proteins for fertility, as opposed to meat protein, but a good balance does need to be stricken. Beef liver has so many different nutrients in it that it is hard to ignore its potential benefits in relation to female fertility.
A single 68-gram serving of beef liver contains over 430% of daily vitamin A needs, 800% of your daily vitamin B12 needs, 140% of your riboflavin requirements, plus a whole lot of folate, selenium, choline, zinc, and coenzyme Q10. All of these things help with fertility, conception, and healthy fetal growth.
Foods To Avoid
There are some foods and substance which you should absolutely stay away from. We are not going to mention alcohol and drugs or other narcotics, as that should be pretty obvious. However, foods to avoid eating, if you want to enhance fertility, include things like sushi and raw fish, caffeine, too much meat-based protein, low fat dairy, trans fats, and excessive sugar.
There are indeed many foods out there which can help enhance fertility and help you make that baby much faster. Sure, there are more than we have listed here, but these are by far the best. Be sure to avoid the foods which we have warned about as well, because eating the bad stuff can counteract the benefits of the good foods listed in this article.