While many men and women are turning to medications to treat or enhance their fertility, some feel that proper nutrition can positively affect fertility in many ways. Here is a list of some easy, natural ways that may help both you and your partner.
Antioxidants (Vitamins C, E, and Beta-carotene, and selenium may aid with the sperm membrane, higher sperm count, and oocyte development. It may reduce female reproductive diseases such as PCOS and endometriosis.
Folate – important for all aspects of fertilization and embryo development. Good sources of folate: dark green leafy vegetables, whole grains, nuts, eggs and milk.
Condiments high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants
Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, garlic, maple syrup, molasses, parsley, to name a few.
Manganese – found in vitamins B1 and E, vitamin deficiencies can lead to reproduce issues. Manganese can be found in whole wheat, seeds, leafy vegetables, eggs, nuts, strawberries apples and pineapple.
Zinc is found to aid with sperm quality. Zinc can be found in red meat, yogurt, nuts, seeds, oatmeal, corn, fruits and vegetables.
DHA, Flaxseed – possible correlation to enhancing sperm quality and quantity
For the best nutritional safety, many people are turning to organically grown vegetables and fruit. When purchasing meats, look for free range and wild.
Low Glycemic Foods
Low Glycemic foods are those that are typically not as processed and will not raise your blood pressure as much as other foods.
Pumpkin seeds act as building blocks in the female for a balanced hormonal system.
Sunflowers seeds have a lot of Vitamin E, which some say in itself helps with fertility. If you are one that suffers from endometriosis, Vitamin E may help you liver break down excess estrogen caused by the endometriosis.
Grains such as those found in oatmeal are high in inositol, which can help ovarian function.
Zinc and selenium are both found in wheat germ and can be beneficial for the fallopian tubes and well as the ducts where the sperm exits the testes. In essence, making the transportation of egg and sperm easier. It is also found to increase sperm count and quality.
Treating fertility naturally means using mild treatments that are a natural and safe way to balance your body. The hopes are that you will be able to assist your body’s own fertility, while at the same time, making you a much healthier and happier person.