Wanting to put a bun in the oven? Turns out, eating buns won’t help that, but these fertility super foods will!
Sunflower Seeds– All sunshine over here! Sunflower seeds contain the Vitamin Zinc, which plays a huge factor in male fertility. A 2018 study found that zinc aids in sperm function. It is found abundantly in seminal fluid, acting as an anti-inflammatory factor and aiding in a seamless embryonic implantation.
Lemon, Lime, and sweet Celementines– Citrus galore over here. Citrus fruits are filled with Vitamin C, which improves sperm quality and mobility by preventing them from clumping together. For women, the ascorbic acid helps regulate ovarian function and menstrual cycle. It can also increase progesterone levels, which improves uterine health.
Almonds– Almond-jumping for joy! Almonds contain a lot of Vitamin E. Studies show this antioxidant protects the DNA in sperm cells and have positive effects on a sperm motility.
Cinnamon– Spice and everything…baby! Cinnamon helps fertility from the very starting at the very early beginning on of conception: the menstrual cycle. According to a study conducted by Columbia University Medical Center, cinnamon was shown to jump-start menstrual cycles; specifically in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Leafy greens– They meant it when they said “Eat yo greens!” Leafy greens are rich in iron, folic acids and antioxidants. What do they do? They help develop a strong endometrial lining by attaching the zygote to the uterus. Studies have also showed folic acid helps increase progesterone levels, which are necessary to prepare the uterus for pregnancy.
Pineapple-Not only are they delicious in piña coladas, pineapples are a golden fruit for fertility. They contain a ton of Manganese, which collects in the hypothalamus, a part of the brain that regulates reproductive hormones. According to one study, a diet low in manganese was correlated to an increase in risk for anovulation.
Eggs– Eggsactly what you need! Eggs are a great food to add to your get pregnant diet for many reasons. Egg whites are loaded with protein, while the yolk is filled with Vitamin E. The yolk also contains choline, which aids in brain development. One study showed that an intake of Vitamin B (which is abundant in eggs) can also help reduce ovulatory infertility.
Salmon– Salmon is long known for its high content of omega-3s, which helps fertility in both men and women. Specifically, it contains selenium, which has shown to increase sperm count. Lastly, it contains Vitamin D. Low levels of Vitamin D have been associated with higher infertility rates, due to the Vitamin D receptor being resent in many female reproductive organs. Vitamin D supplementation has also showed a higher fertility rate for women conceiving through IVF.
Berries on berries-All berries including blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries are naturally high in antioxidants. Not only do they taste delicious in smoothie and dessert pies, these fruits deactivate free radicals in the body, which can potentially damage both sperm and egg shells. One study concluded that antioxidant supplementation also increased sperm quality.