Five Foods and Supplements That Boost Fertility

1. Antioxidants

Antioxidants neutralize free radicals. What does that mean in the body? As we remember from chemistry class, every atom a certain number of electrons. Within our body, when we are exposed to UV light, smoking or pollution, some of our atoms will get “radicalized” and there will be an imbalance of electrons. This imbalance causes “oxidative stress” which is very stressful for your metabolism and your body has to work overtime to bring your body back to normal. Antioxidants are powerful nutrients that can help your body reinstate its metabolic balance.

As Eggs and Sperm are highly sensitive to oxidative stress, antioxidants help provide a shield. Good antioxidants are Blueberries, Pomegranates, Bell Peppers, Citrus Fruits, Beets, Raspberries, Kale, Spinach, and Acai Berries. 

2. Folic Acid

Folic acid is also known as Vitamin B9. Not only can folic acid help prevent early pregnancy defects that may lead to a miscarriage, but one study showed that Folic Acid supplements increased chances of conception compared to taking no supplements.

Good sources of Folic Acid include Whole Grains, Winter Squash, Papaya, Oranges, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Berries, Lentils, Green Leafy Vegetables, Avocados, Asparagus, and Nuts.

3. Zinc

Zinc is believed to be exceptionally helpful when it comes to conception. Zinc has been shown to be essential for spermatogenesis (sperm production) and aids in progesterone production, which can help with the endometrial lining.  

Now before you add sunscreen to your salad, consider these tastier zinc sources: Beans, Oats, Lentils, Lean Meats, Asparagus, Poultry, Oysters, and Nuts. 

4. Protein and Fats

Protein has been touted as the end-all, be-all when it comes to nutrition. It is extremely important to consider the source of your protein in your diet. A high animal-protein and dairy diet has been shown to have a negative effect on male fertility. However, couples who consumed eight or more servings of seafood per menstrual cycle had 50-60% of a greater chance of conception than those who consumed less. Not only does seafood contain lots of protein, but the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids vastly help with fertility, as well. 

5. Fluids

Considering our body is made up of 60% water, it’s highly important to stay hydrated. Fluids play a key role in transporting hormones, developing follicles, and thinning out biological fluids. Inversely, caffeine, and alcohol act as diuretics and can be dehydrating. The use of these substances may prevent mucus membranes from staying moist, consequently affecting the consistency of cervical mucus and ejaculate fluid.

When it comes to beverages, drinking water is the holy grail.

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