We try to address as many women as possible at TNP: college grads, new mom’s, working women…This week, we’ve got a special contributor – Latham Thomas of Mama Glow – here to help women looking for an ideal diet while trying to have a baby. Thomas generously shared which foods are best for fertility for both women and men. Read below for her recommendations.
Fruits and Vegetables: Make sure your partner eats enough fruits and veggies. The antioxidants found in dried fruits, cranberries and collard greens help protect sperm from cellular damage and keep them strong and active! Just what they need to race through the fallopian tubes to your egg. Vitamin A, which helps prevent slow sperm, is found in leafy greens, carrots and red peppers. Vitamin C, which is critical to sperms’ motility and viability, in oranges, tomatoes, broccoli and grapefruit, to name a few. Vitamin E helps keep sperm vital and can be found in vegetable oils. Folic acid is also important, keeping sperm free of chromosomal abnormalities. Eating leafy greens, beans and most fruits are helpful.
Maca Root: Maca is a fertility superfood also known for it’s ability to increase strength, rebuild a weak immune system, and enhance libido. It supports and nourishes the endocrine and immune systems of the body. It also helps the body to maintain a healthy response to stress.It has been used to balance hormones and boost stamina. To enjoy the pleasure of being sexually aroused, it is essential to have balanced hormones. Maca is an adaptogen that is foundational for boosting positive impact on the most important reproductive hormones in both men and women and sperm and egg health.
Fats: Healthy fats are necessary for cholesterol production, which is what our hormones are made of.
Avocado: Avocado is a healthy fat, rich in many b vitamins and a good source of folic acid, vitamins C, E and A, as well as potassium, magnesium, iron and manganese.
Coconut: Coconut milk, cream, oil and flakes all contain healthy fats, medium-chain fatty acids easily metabolized by the body, trace essential fatty acids, fiber, some protein, carbohydrates, B vitamins, vitamins C and E, and potassium, magnesium, iron, copper and manganese.
Pumpkin Seeds: Containing a great amount of zinc, pumpkin seeds are also loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which stimulate blood flow to sexual organs and improve sexual function. Other foods loaded up with omega-3s are almonds, flaxseed and hempseed oil.
Lentils: Lentils are one of the richest food sources of folate, which is important in both female and male fertility. It has been found that men who have a lower intake of folate from their diet have higher rates of chromosomal abnormalities in their sperm.
Pomegranates: Pomegranates have high antioxidant content which can improve blood circulation, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and lower inflammation. They also cause surges in testosterone, improve sperm quality and increase sex drive and mood in both sexes! Drink a glass of 100% pomegranate juice daily with your partner.
Dark Chocolate: Cacao combines very well with fertility-friendly foods like coconut and avocado. Dark chocolate is a rich source of the amino acid L-arginine, which studies show can increase the volume of ejaculate and improve sperm count and motility. The darker the chocolate, the better!
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