Extensive research on infertility shows that eating right can increase your chances of pregnancy. Conceiving requires a regular menstrual cycle and quality cervical mucus, which is affected by the type of food you eat. Eliminating unhealthy trans fats from your diet is a good start. Although you can get vitamins and nutrients from a prenatal vitamin, nutrients from organic sources are used more effectively than supplements. Therefore, don’t rely solely on your vitamin supplements to eat well; Take charge of your fertility by including these five superfoods in your diet.
Pineapple contains a proteolytic enzyme called bromelain, which breaks down proteins that reduce inflammation and prevent embryo implantation. The highest concentration of bromelain can be found in the bean, but the sour, juicy pineapple flesh is just as beneficial. If you are going through an IVF or IUI cycle, consume one cup of sliced pineapple for five days starting on the first day of embryo transfer. If you’re getting pregnant using a timed intercourse cycle, eat one cup of sliced pineapple for five days starting on day one of ovulation. Make sure you don’t eat high amounts of pineapple very early in your cycle as this can make your cervical mucus more acidic, which is not ideal for conceiving.
You’re probably aware of oysters’ legendary aphrodisiac effect, but did you know that scientific studies support their effectiveness in improving sperm quality? This delicious mollusk contains high levels of zinc, which is essential for producing healthy sperm, sperm-friendly semen and promoting sperm motility. There are no studies examining the effect of oysters on women, but at least they won’t harm your fertility if you decide to have a plateful of oysters with your man.
Most of us probably buy low-fat milk instead of its full-fat counterpart, but high amounts of low-fat dairy have proven to increase the risk of anovulation. A large Nurses’ Health Study by Harvard Medical School researchers found that women who ate at least two servings of low-fat dairy were 85% more likely to experience ovulation disorders. On the other hand, women who consumed full-fat dairy products at least once a day had a 25% reduction in infertility risk. It sounds like a great excuse to eat ice cream, but researchers say it only works if you don’t increase your daily calorie intake or overall saturated fat intake. When you get pregnant, switch back to low-fat dairy products to limit the amount of saturated fat in your diet.
Studies have revealed that shitake mushrooms are 40 times more potent than wheat germ in the powerful antioxidant L-ergothionein. In fact, they may contain more of this antioxidant than any other food. Numerous studies have shown that seminal oxidative stress has a very significant negative effect on male fertility. Consuming shitake mushrooms, which have high levels of antioxidants, can go a long way toward countering oxidation and improving sperm health.
Refined carbohydrates are a big no-no for women trying to conceive. Instead of using white sugar, sweeten your drinks with molasses, the dark byproduct of processed cane sugar. Molasses contains high amounts of calcium, iodine and iron, which can reduce the chances of miscarriage. It also contains a B-complex vitamin called PABA, which is known to increase the effects of estrogen. Due to its nutritious and energetic content, molasses is also recommended as a home remedy for polycystic ovarian syndrome and irregular periods. For best results, use the black belt variety as it is rich in nutrients.