Fight The Odds Of Conception With Food

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We are always in a rush...rushing up to snooze the alarm, rushing to get the  kids ready, rushing up to prepare  the meals, rushing up to dress and look the best, rushing up  to work and back , dropping dead tired and repeating the same over and over again. We are missing out on a lot of things while chasing our dreams. This is causing a lot of stress and anxiety and this leads to various health issues. Infertility is one such main issue which is common these days. There could be several serious medical issues as well underlying infertility which need the intervention of a specialist. Before you decide to move on to advanced treatment for infertility, making dietary and lifestyle changes are a must. There is no specific magic  food or fertility diet that will enhance  conception. A nutrient packed and  well-balanced diet helps in achieving  good  reproductive health, in both men and women. The following foods can be incorporated in the diet of both partners to boost fertility. 

Asparagus : Trying to get pregnant? Asparagus is a powerhouse food.  Reports indicate that consuming a single cup of  asparagus (boiled)  covers 60% of the daily recommended dose  of folic acid. It also provides vitamin A, B,  C, K, zinc and selenium. This helps in overall strengthening of the reproductive system. 

Fruits : Fruits are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals etc. Hence, fruits should be consumed on a regular basis. Raspberries, blueberries and strawberries are all high in antioxidants and phyto-nutrients. The intake of fruits has been linked to low chances of infertility. Avocados are a rich source of Vitamin K, potassium and folate. These are quite important for the early stage  of pregnancy. Citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruits are a great source of  vitamin C. These contain polyamines and  putrescine,  having the potential for improving the  egg and semen health. Pomegranates are loaded with antioxidants which may improve sperm quality. 

Beans and Lentils : Consumption of beans and lentils is linked to increased  ovulation as they  are a rich source of fibre and proteins. The risk of ovulatory infertility is reported to reduce  on replacing animal proteins with vegetable proteins. These are also rich in folic acid, which assist in conception. 

Sunflower Seeds : The sperm count can be maintained by consuming sunflower seeds. They are a source of omega 3 and omega 6. Sperm count and motility is enhanced by vitamin E which can be obtained  by consuming the roasted and unsalted seeds of sunflower. These seeds also have fertility boosting nutrients such as folic acid, zinc and selenium. 

Walnuts : Walnuts are loaded with omega 3 and omega 6.  Consuming walnuts regulate the hormones. Studies indicate that men who intake walnuts regularly  have  improved semen health.

Egg Yolks : Egg yolks are rich in vitamin B and omega 3. They also contain folic acid which assists in maintaining the development of the embryo after conception.

Quinoa : Quinoa is  a very good source for protein, zinc and folic acid. It assists in  maintaining healthy fetal growth upon conception. 

Cinnamon : Cinnamon supplements  should be taken to tackle irregular menstrual cycles in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a common cause of female infertility.  

Full-Fat Dairy : Dairy is a rich  source of saturated fat. This is  quite  beneficial for fertility. It is also an excellent  source of the vitamins A, E, D, K, and K. Research  indicates   that women who consume  full-fat dairy products are  less likely to have issues with  ovulation as compared to the ones  who intake  low fat dairy products.

Greek Yogurt and  mature Cheese : Greek yogurt and cheese contain calcium, probiotics and vitamin D. These assist in improving  ovulation and hence boost fertility.  Mature cheeses  such as aged cheddar, parmesan and manchego are linked to improving sperm health. These contain polyamines  and  putrescine which are good for the reproductive system. 

Wild caught Salmon : Salmon is a good source of proteins and omega 3 which helps in fetal development throughout pregnancy. It raises semen levels owing to its vitamin D and selenium content. Wild caught salmon can be  consumed safely once or twice a week.

Liver : Liver is an ultimate source of natural vitamin A. It is a good source of  highly absorbable iron, which prevents miscarriage and maternal anemia. It is a rich source of vitamin B12, choline, omega 3 fatty acids and folate.

Cooked Tomatoes : Tomatoes are an excellent source of lycopene. It is a powerful antioxidant which enhances fertility.  A lot of research has been linked to the potential role of lycopene in improving  male fertility. Reports suggest that supplementing 4mg to 8mg of lycopene per day for 8 to 12 months leads  to better semen health and increased  chances  of pregnancy.

Oysters : Oysters show up in every fertility food list. They are rich in fertility boosting nutrients. Oysters contain vitamin B12, zinc, selenium and iron.

What do you take away??

When you are too stressed out and overwhelmed by the conception journey, healthy food choices and some lifestyle changes provide relief. Not just these foods, but we need to have a balance in our diet without starving or overindulging at the same time.  

Wish you a happy mind and a happy tummy for the fertility journey.

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Dr. Loveleen Sarao works as a researcher in Ludhiana.  She is a Food Microbiologist with a specialization in probiotics. She is a mother to a beautiful daughter. Writing is her passion and she has also authored a TextBook of Microbiology besides several international articles. Connect with her at 

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