Sunday, 12 May 2013

Some Fertility Enhancing Foodstuff for Men and Women

            You're not the only one who needs to eat right in order to conceive. Your man's diet can affect his fertility, too. Help him learn which fertility foods he needs — and which baby-busting foods he should zero. Nearly 40% of all fertility problems are related with men. In fact, there’s research showing that there are specific fertility foods your guy can add to his diet to help increase your odds of conceiving the baby of your dreams. And there are other foods that can actually impair your partner’s fertility. Find out which foods your man should add to his menu and which ones to take off the table. Fertility of a man can be hindered or delayed because of certain health issues or age. Nutritionally balanced diet has a key role not only in over all health, but also in fertility. Some researches have shown that the quality of the sperm and low sperm counts are directly connected to improper eating habits. Men who have low intake of fruits and veggies are more likely to suffer from this problem. Men should add these fertility foods in their diet to increase their odds or conceiving a baby.


OYSTERS:  There’s a reason these slimy suckers are known as aphrodisiacs. Because of their zinc content, oysters help increase the production of sperm and testosterone key baby-making ingredients. If your guy simply can’t swallow this slippery seafood, he can also find zinc (though not as much of it) in fertility foods such as beef, poultry, dairy, nuts, eggs, whole grains, and beans. Or he can get zinc from a daily multivitamin, which he should be taking any way to make sure he and his little swimmers are as healthy as can be.

GARLIC: Garlic is a sexual super food that contains selenium and vitamin B6 in great amount. An antioxidant mineral, selenium prevents sperm damage and boost your sexual virility while vita­min B6 helps to fortify the immune system and regulate hormones. Gar­lic is an excellent source of allicin, which increases the blood flow to the sexual organs and thus enables perfect erections. Enjoy its benefits by sprinkling chopped garlic on your favorite foods.

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES: The antioxidants found in fruits and veggies (like the dried fruits, cranberries, and collard greens your man can munch on) help protect sperm from cellular damage and keep them strong and speedy just what they need to race through the Fallopian tubes and fertilize the egg. Find vitamin A  which is important in preventing sluggish sperm  in fertility foods such as leafy greens, carrots, red peppers, and apricots, to name a few. Get vitamin C which is critical to sperms’ motility and viability in orange juice, tomatoes, grapefruit, and broccoli, among other foods. And get vitamin E which helps keep sperm vital from vegetable oils. Fruits and veggies such as leafy greens, beans, and most fruits contain folic acid a B vitamin with antioxidant properties that’s crucial for keeping sperm free of chromosomal abnormalities. What if you’re looking for one power veggie to make a staple in your sweetie’s diet? Serve up a sweet potato. It’s packed with all of the nutrients above vitamins A, C, E.

CASHEW NUTS: Some researches have shown that only a short term deficiencies of zinc can affect testos­terone levels and decrease sperm volume. Cashew nuts are rich source of zinc, as essential mineral for a ro­bust body as well as for fertility in both men and women. Also, they are believed to increase testosterone levels. So, include handful of cashew nuts in your daily diet.

BANANA: Another sexual super food, banana is a rich source of magnesium, vitamin B1, vitamin A, vitamin C, and protein, which are re­quired to improve and stimulate the production of more sperm. This fruit is also rich in vitamin B and Brome­lain, which are powerful sexual hor­mone regulators that can help to enhance sexual virility. Try to in­clude banana in your daily diet. You can also prepare banana shake and smoothie to enjoy its benefits.

AVOCADO: Avocados contain a healthy dose of vitamin E that boosts sperm motility and assists the sperm to infiltrate the egg. Also, avocados are high in folic acid and vitamin B6 which help to regulate sexual hormone function that con­secutively helps to optimize sexual health. The best way to add avoca­dos in diet is adding a few slices of it to your salad or your sandwich. You can also take it along with other fruits and veggies.

ASPARAGUS: Asparagus is a great vegetable that believed to raise the sperm count. In the medieval era, this vegetable was widely used to treat infertility. Asparagus also con­tains vitamin C in good amount, which help to increase sperm motil­ity and viability. The best way of tak­ing this lovely vegetable is asparagus salads. You can also try it with other veggies for a mouthwatering treat and a steamy sitting with your part­ner thereafter.

TOMATOES: Many men who struggle with infertility have low levels of lycopene, as per Ovulation-Calculator. Tomatoes are rich source of antioxi­dant carotenoid lycopene, which in­crease the sperm count and motility. Also, this antioxidant is essential for keeping the sperm healthy. Consum­ing lycopene rich foods help to ensure the healthy sperm. So, you must in­clude this juicy veggie on your diet. Other good sources of lycopene in­clude watermelon, pink grapefruit, tomato juice, tomato sauce and ketchup.

APPLE: Apple is believed to be a well nutritionally balanced fruit. When apple is consumed in vinaigrette form i.e. a fruit cider vinegar, it is considered to do wonders. Daily consumption of apple surely in­creases the sperm count naturally. Some experts recommend that the results are quite nerve-wracking.

PUMPKIN SEEDS: Pumpkin seeds are also high in zinc, which is the most important mineral that in­creases testosterone levels and sperm count. When coming to fertil­ity, a high sperm count is a key fac­tor. Pumpkin seeds are also packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which mo­tivate blood flow to sexual organs and enhance sexual function. Have at least one zinc-rich food daily when you are trying to get your part­ner pregnant.

OYSTERS: Oysters are also a great source of zinc, which is needed to formulate the outer layer and tail of the sperm. Nutritionists consider that just 15mg of oysters a day can help to repair sperm that have been injured by chemicals engrossed from the environment. If you can't afford or digest oysters, then you will find plenty of zinc in nuts, beans, seeds and eggs.

POMEGRANATE: Drinking pome­granate juice can raise sperm count and help to make healthier sperm. Pomegranate juice also decreases the blood levels of malondialdehyde, which affects sperm produc­tion and also helps in erectile dysfunction. Juice of pomegranate may help to manage erectile dys­function, sperm concentration, sperm motility, augmented sperm cell density, and reduce abnormal sperm


You probably know that eating a nutritious diet and living a healthy lifestyle (which includes exercising, keeping your weight under control, and cutting back on alcohol, among other things) is a great way to up your odds of conceiving and prime your body for pregnancy. And if you’re already taking those steps, you can give yourself a pat on the back or the belly. What you may not know, however, is that researchers have found that beyond eating a generally healthy diet, there are some foods (fertility foods, if you will) that may be particularly helpful when trying to conceive. What’s more, there are some not-so-healthy foods that may be especially harmful to your conception efforts. Keep in mind, though, that research into fertility-boosting foods is still in its infancy, and for every study showing a link between, say, berries and conception, there’s another to question the claim. So while there is no one food that will guarantee pregnancy, there are definitely some foods you should you dig into (they’re good for you, and that’s a good enough reason) and other foods you should ditch.

DAIRY: Dairy is rich in calcium, a nutrient that’s essential not just for bone health but also for reproductive health. So it pays to bone up on dairy (includes milk, yogurt, and cheese) when you’re trying to conceive. While you’re donning a milk mustache, try a full-fat one once a day particularly if you have ovulation issues: Some researchers think that one serving of whole milk (or even full-fat ice cream) can decrease the risk of ovulatory infertility. But remember that just one serving of full-fat dairy a day is all you need. Any more than that will just pack on pounds (and hinder your trying to conceive efforts). Not down with dairy? You can also find calcium in other fertility foods such as leafy greens, canned salmon with bones, tofu, almonds, and fortified juices. Aim for about 1,000 mg of calcium daily. And keep up the calcium quotient when you get pregnant since it’s crucial for the development of your baby-to-be bones and teeth.

LEAN PROTEIN: Animal protein such as lean turkey, chicken, and beef are chock-full of iron. And studies show that there’s a link between iron and fertility: Women who have enough iron have a higher fertility rate than women who are deficient in the nutrient. So pump up your intake of lean animal protein to about two servings a day but make sure to stay away from the high-fat variety and avoid more than three daily servings since research shows that too much protein (even lean protein) can decrease fertility. In fact, consider swapping out one serving of animal protein for a serving of plant protein, in such fertility foods as beans, tofu, or quinoa. If you’re not eating any animal protein, you may want to make sure your prenatal vitamin has iron.

COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES: Eating complex carbohydrates (whole grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits) as opposed to refined carbohydrates (like white bread, white rice, or sugary snacks) may increase fertility. How? Digesting refined carbs causes an increase in blood sugar and insulin in the body — and increased insulin levels can disrupt reproductive hormones and interfere with the menstrual cycle (and who wants a messed up cycle when trying to conceive?). Complex carbs, on the other hand, take longer to digest and don’t cause spikes in insulin levels. What’s more, complex carbs may even promote regular ovulation. Another bonus to eating complex carbs like whole grains? They contain multiple nutrients, including folic acid, which increases fertility and decreases the incidence of neural-tube defects in a fetus, which can occur early in pregnancy — even before you know you’ve got a baby on board. Of course, when it comes to folic acid, more is better, so choose a prenatal vitamin with that has at least 400 mcg.

FATTY FISH: The omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish such as salmon, sardines, and herring have some big, fat fertility-boosting benefits. They may help to regulate reproductive hormones, increase blood flow to reproductive organs, and relieve stress (stress has been shown to be a surefire fertility buster). What if you’re not a fan of fish? You can get omega-3 fatty acids from other fertility foods such as flaxseed, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and enriched eggs. You can also talk with your health-care practitioner about supplementing with omega-3s.

WILD YAMS: Some experts think that this Thanksgiving staple contains a substance that may help stimulate ovulation. In fact, populations that eat a lot of wild yams have a high rate of twins. When it comes to fertility foods, this one may have double the effect!

BERRIES: Blueberries and raspberries are particularly packed with antioxidants, which help prevent damage and aging to your body’s cells and this includes cells in your reproductive system namely, your eggs. So a diet that’s rich in berries may help keep your eggs healthy and increase their shelf life.

OYSTERS: The oyster is famous for being an aphrodisiac and for good reason it contains zinc, which is crucial for conception. Zinc deficiency can disrupt the menstrual cycle and slow the production of good-quality eggs. What if you simply can’t swallow the idea of swallowing this fertility food? You can find zinc though less of it in such fertility foods as beef, poultry, dairy, nuts, eggs, whole grains, and legumes. Or you can get zinc from your prenatal vitamin.

Dr. Mrs. Neeraj Pahlajani
Obstetrician & IVF Specialist
(MS, DNB, FMAS, DRM - Germany)

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