Foods to Help Female Fertility


Stress, infection, health conditions, and hormones can all alter the reproduction process of women. While stress and health conditions play a vital role in procreation, what a woman eats also affects her fertility. Granted, a healthy diet will not fix all infertility problems, but a healthy diet can increase a woman's chance of conceiving. Many empirical results indicated that fertility herbs compliment nutrients by balancing hormones, increasing blood circulation to ovaries and uterus, and improving the health of the eggs. Foods rich in folate, calcium, Vitamin D, and omega-3 provide vital nutrients that help a woman's chances to conceive.  

Folate
Folate, a B-complex vitamin, helps prevent certain birth defects, according to doctors. Folate helps prevent defects such as the malformation of the fetus' neural tube. As the baby develops, the neural tube helps form the baby's brain, while the bottom portion of the neural tube unfolds to become the baby's spinal column. Folate deficiencies result in neural tube failures that cause brain and spinal problems.
 
Aasparagus, mustard greens, parsley, collard greens, broccoli, spinach, beets, lentils, and cauliflower all contain rich sources of folate; however, green vegetables such as spinach, cabbage, mustard greens, and asparagus can lose 40 percent of their folate during cooking, if possible, eat them raw or lightly cooked.


Food (1 cup)

Amount (mcg)

Daily Value (%)

Lentils 358.38 89.6
Spinach 262.80 65.7
Asparagus 176.70 17.4
Mustard Greens 102.20 25.6
Beets 69.68 37.1
Cauliflower 60.99 15.2
Broccoli 57.33 14.3


Omega-3
Known for producing a hormone called hormone named eicosanoids, omega-3 fatty acids help increase blood flow to the uterus. Increased blood circulation can bring nutrients to the uterus. Research also shown that fish oils can lower the risk of premature birth and low birth weight. Walnuts, linseeds, and flaxseed oils also contain rich sources of omega-3.  Avoid any deep-ocean and long-lived fishes, such as swordfish, catfish, tuna, shark, and marlin, as these species contain higher levels of mercury.

Vitamin D and Calcium
Vitamin D and calcium are important for normal menstruation. Research found that vitamin D and calcium help combat  POS (polycystic ovary syndrome). Animal studies also found that during the ovulatory cycle calcium and vitamin D3 receptor played an important role. [1][2]

REFERENCE
  1. ^Rashidi B, Haghollahi F, Shariat M, Zayerii F., The effects of calcium-vitamin D and metformin on polycystic ovary syndrome: a pilot study, Taiwan J Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Jun;48(2):142-7.
  2. ^Ieda T, Saito N, Ono T, Shimada K., Effects of presence of an egg and calcium deposition in the shell gland on levels of messenger ribonucleic acid of CaBP-D28K and of vitamin D3 receptor in the shell gland of the laying hen., Gen Comp Endocrinol. 1995 Aug;99(2):145-51.


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charlottemind's picture
charlottemind posted on Tue, 08/28/2012 - 10:52
I was very unsuccessful with my 3rd child for about a year then my doctor told me to get on a similar diet to this one talked about on here and after my checkup 2 months later to see if the diet was working, I was pregnant!  You ladies should try it.
Amelia Secret's picture
Amelia Secret posted on Wed, 08/29/2012 - 15:50
Foods that contain a lot of gluten are also a necessity to when you are dealing with female and male infertility. Gluten is a staple in the diet and some peoples' problem might be being intolerant to gluten.
Aria's picture
Aria posted on Mon, 06/10/2013 - 15:42
The table that is in this article is really helpful. I am going to print it out to have as a reference for personal use. Some of my favorite veggies.
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