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Quick Fertility Foods Tip: Broccoli {video}

Quick Fertility Foods Tip: Broccoli {video}

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    Dear Dalene

    Thank you very much for your kind answer!
    i will ask her again


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    I saw your tip about the broccoli
    a friend of mine said that she got an advice from a Chinese therapist
    who is specialist for fertility
    she told her that she have to avoid all the cruciferaebrassicaceae family
    including broccoli because it raise the level of E2
    is that true? can I eat broccoli in the period of preparation to fertility or not?

    also i would like to ask please
    Is there a preference or a difference between broccoli and other vegetables from the cruciferae family (in reference to fertility)?

    Many Many Thanks!

    • Hi Tali,

      It would be best to call up the Chinese doctor your friend was/is seeing and have them explain why they think broccoli is bad or raises E2; I am not sure what you mean by E2, maybe estrogen?

      Broccoli has a ton of fiber and contains Diindolymethane (DIM). Diindolymethane releases in the stomach after you chew and swallow the vegetables. It balances the hormones and aids in the breakdown of estrogen. Estrogen is a major cause of the fertility issues women face today. Endometriosis, PCOS, and Ovarian Cysts, are all estrogen dominant conditions. To get just 10-30 mg of DIM you would have to eat one-and-a-half pounds of cruciferus vegetables! So I highly doubt that eating a normal amount of cruciferous veggies is really going to affect your fertility negatively.

      Chinese practitioners have other reasons they may advise against cruciferous veggies, but I am not trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine, that is why it would be best to ask that doctor. Many TCM practitioners say to avoid cold foods for fertility, but broccoli is on the list for warming foods, so I am not sure what your friend’s practioner meant.

      Best Wishes,