There's no need to deprive yourself of delicious food when you go on a fertility diet to increase your conceiving chances. Although eating for fertility will require avoiding processed food, it's easy to make tasty dishes out of foods that promote healthy eggs and sperm. Not to mention that these fertility-boosting foods are good for your overall health as well. Try cooking up a feast for fertility tonight using foods that contain these essential nutrients, and continue to eat well to boost your ability to conceive over time.
Whole grains for healthy fertility
Fast-burning carbohydrates are a big no-no if you want to keep your body in top baby-making shape. However, complex carbohydrates like brown rice, oatmeal, and whole grain breads won't interfere with your blood sugar and insulin as much as refined carbohydrates (white flour, white bread, etc). Anything that promotes steady insulin levels is good for fertility. Start out your dinner by serving whole grain dinner rolls.
Zinc for hormonal balance
Foods rich in zinc boost fertility in both men and women. In men, zinc is required to create the tail and outer layer of sperm cells; several studies on zinc and fertility show that men with lower zinc levels also have a lower sperm count. In women, zinc helps the body utilize estrogen and progesterone efficiently. A zinc deficiency is also known to cause chromosome changes in the egg cells, which increases the risk of miscarriage. Before bringing out the main course, serve a platter of oysters. Oysters are one of the richest natural sources of this fertility mineral. It's got a reputation as an aphrodisiac too!
Leafy greens for both partner's reproductive health
Leafy green vegetables are rich in folate, a must-have nutrient for any woman trying to conceive. Folate is a B-vitamin that prevents serious birth defects. Folate deficiency has also been linked to infertility in both men and women. Although you can easily obtain folate from a good multivitamin, it's better if you consume folate from a food source, like a salad of leafy greens.
Plant proteins to boost your odds of conception
According to Harvard University's Nurses' Health Study, proteins are one of the best fertility-boosting nutrients you can eat. But not just any proteins – the researchers noticed that women who ate more plant proteins from peanuts, peas, and beans are more likely to get pregnant than those who obtain their proteins from red meat. Although you don't have to become a vegetarian, cutting down on your red meat consumption and including a side of beans in your meals will go a long way to help you get pregnant.
Full-fat dairy for to nurture healthy ovulation
It's hard to believe that full-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese could boost fertility, but Harvard's Nurses' Health study discovered that these foods reduce ovulation problems better than low-fat or no-fat dairy. Don't over-do the full-fat dairy consumption though! Some foods like ice cream contain too much sugar, which can reduce your fertility.