5 Fertility Superfoods You Should Know About

5 Fertility Superfoods You Should Know About

Organic quinoa is a nutrient dense grain know to support proper ph balance for healthy cervical mucous.

Organic quinoa is a nutrient dense grain know to support proper ph balance for healthy cervical mucous.

Having various nutrient deficiencies is a common factor in infertility. One way to address your deficiencies is to ensure your diet is full of nutrient-dense superfoods.

Superfoods can come in a variety of different shapes, sizes and colors. In fact, some of the more common foods we have all heard of can also provide your body with crucial nutrients to help improve your fertility status and ensure you thrive and don’t just survive.

How Can A Superfood Help With Fertility?

Without adequate building materials, you could not expect to build a good quality house could you? The same applies when looking to build a healthy body that is able to conceive naturally.

By addressing any missing nutrients with superfoods you are providing your body with the building materials needed to go on and produce optimal sperm, eggs and hormones to help you achieve a healthy pregnancy.

5 Superfoods to Boost Fertility

1. Wild Caught Oily Fish

Oily fish like Atlantic herring and salmon provides the body not only with high amounts of protein (needed to manufacture hormones in the first place) and omega 3 (needed to promote regular menstruation), but also with a healthy dose of vital Vitamin D. Vitamin D is crucial according to a study at The Medical University of Graz, as it plays a role in biological processes in sperm and ovary cells and may affect levels of sex hormones.

2. Organic Carrots

Yes the humble carrot is super because researchers at Harvard University’s School of Public Health found that carrots can increase the quantity and quality of sperm, which is due to the rich levels of beta-carotene being present, which is a type of antioxidant. Researchers found that this antioxidant improved sperm motility, or its ability to swim toward an egg, by 6.5% to 8%.

3. Organic Maca Root

Maca root may be a natural solution to helping the body to deal with an overworked endocrine system that is responsible for producing all our hormones. A known ‘adaptogen’, the herb maca can be a gentle tonic specifically for an overly stressed, over-worked hypothalamus gland which is responsible for regulating the pituitary gland. When this gland is in balance this can then bring balance to the entire hormonal system. A recent study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology concluded that maca can be used to enhance fertility.

4. Organic Quinoa

If we don’t address the acidic blood running through our veins then we could be ignoring the elephant in the room when it comes to unexplained infertility. Switching out some of the overly acidic grains common to our Western diets, and including alkaline-forming ones like quinoa and buckwheat in their place, can go a long way to helping this. As overly acidic cervical mucous can create the wrong kind of condition for your partner’s sperm to survive in.

5. Organic Wheatgrass (Freshly Juiced or Powdered)

Carrying around high levels of toxins in the body may hinder a person’s chances of natural fertility success. Wheatgrass juice can be a wonderful way to help rid the body of these toxins, stored deep within our cells. A study published in Nutrition and Cancer Journal stated that wheatgrass juice may improve hematological (blood) toxicity related to chemotherapy in breast cancer patients. This shows wheatgrass may be a hopeful tool as a blood purifier for preconception cleansing and pregnancy preparation.

Variety is the Spice of Life

There is not one specific food that is more vital than another when it comes to creating a healthy, fertile body. So emphasis should always be placed on choosing a variety of fresh and colorful foods each week to help ensure you are not causing more deficiencies by eating the same foods over and over.

References:
1. http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/high-vitamin-D-foods.php
2. http://www.nhs.uk/news/2012/01January/Pages/vitamin-d-fertility.aspx
3. http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/carrots-boost-male-fertility-study-article-1.1504019
4. http://natural-fertility-info.com/maca
5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24333960
6. http://www.ion.ac.uk/information/onarchives/boostfertility
7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17571966

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  1. I had been trying to conceive for more than 2 years and finally after a lot of treatment, I got pregnant twice. The first ended in a miscarriage after 1 month. I immediately contacted my doctor and he ran a lot of tests and confirmed that nothing is wrong with me and he advised we try again after 3 months. I then got pregnant after 3 months and this one also ended in miscarriage after 3 weeks. When I went to clinic they told me that I am okay. I don’t know really what is going on me and and am afraid to try again. Now I am almost 36 years old. I am very disappointed and I need to have babies badly. Please, is there any natural treatment that can help me to overcome this problem. Please help me. Thanks a lot.

    • Dear Meseret,

      I am very sorry for your losses, that you are disappointed and afraid. These are common emotions that accompany pregnancy loss. Do you have a support system, your partner, friends and/or family members to support you emotionally? I do hope you do!

      Miscarriages lead to many questions, are unfortunately rather random and can simply be the body’s way of an ensuring an unhealthy embryo does not develop. Please take time to learn more about Pregnancy and Fertility After a Miscarriage. It may also be time to consider more in-depth fertility health testing with a reproductive endocrinologist. Your healthcare provider can refer you to one.

      You may also appreciate our article, 5 Steps To Decreasing the Chance of Recurrent Miscarriages.

      I hope this is helpful information! Take care!

  2. hi, i have PCOS, and have been on fertility drugs from the 1st of jan2013 to the 30th of june 2013, the doc says that the drugs worked fine for me as i was ovulating every month however no pregnancy. i last had my cycle in aug2013. and nothing since. we have found out that my husband could have a blockage but we are not sure, as there is a 50/50 chance of him becoming fertile and also becoming infertile forever. he is 37 years and im 34, i really want to have a baby so much. and its so depressing thinking that i may never have that chance of carring my own bundle of joy some day. please can you help me. the doc says there is nothing further that can be done for me until my husband decides what he wants to do….. so depressed and age is not on my side. please help. Tammy

    thank you

    • Hi Tammy,

      I am sorry to hear of you and your husband’s struggles with infertility! There are options out there, but they may require you expand your heart to be open to them. Just consider them…
      Sperm donor IVF, or IVF with your husband’s sperm. ART treatments are out there to help couples achieve parenthood. In the mean time, our article 8 Ways to Help a Marriage Through Infertility may be comforting to read! For yourself, you may want to consider learning all you can about natural options for PCOS. If you are feeling like you need some personal guidance, we do offer consultations to help guide you in the right direction, based on your personal fertility challenges. Hang in there, know you are not alone and there is support.

  3. Hi… My husband having low sperm count after sperm test (3 times). What should I do for my husband. Doctor advised us to take Vitamin E but after 3 months the result no improved… Pls advise us which products is suitable for him or any solution? We don’t want to go for IVF treatment … For my body checkup result shown ok but I need to maintain my body in good condition to conceive so do recommend me what product should I take. Thanks

  4. How can one get all these super foods especially organic maca, quinoa and the rest of them?

    • Hi Jackie,

      Organic maca can be found at our online shop. Oily cold water fish, Quinoa and carrots are commonly sold in most grocery stores in the U.S. Wheatgrass can be found at most health food stores.

  5. What is the best thing to do following post surgery of wife? we have tried the diet way, checked sperm quantity and quality but still no fruit of the womb? The doctors are saying the tubes and uterus are ok. What’s the next step now? should we try it the artificial way?

    • Hi Jeremiah,

      I am not sure what surgery your wife had…was it for a fertility issue? I am not sure what your next step should be, I just need more information. Your wife may want to consider a fertility consultation with one of our master herbalists. Our email consultations provide a personalized written guide to the best natural therapies, herbs and supplements for your unique fertility issues. In the mean time, you may want to read our article on unexplained infertility.