There is no one magic food to increase your fertility, but you can help boost your chances of conceiving by eating natural superfoods. These are some that you can include in your daily diet.
Folic acid in avocados (also found naturally in dark green leafy veggies and citrus fruits) helps prevent neural tube defects, which occur at a very early stage of development, which is saying, even before you know you’re pregnant! So, if you’re currently planning on conceiving but can’t go a day without a WOD, then consuming lots of food with folic acid is a good tip to help shield your pregnancy in the span of time it takes for you to know you have a bun in the oven!
A study conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who ate the highest amount of monounsaturated fats like olives, avocados and peanut butter, while undergoing IVF therapy had over triple the success rate than those who ate the lowest amount. Researchers believe the fats improve fertility by lowering inflammation in the body, making you ripe for pregnancy.
Put these at the top of your list of foods to add to your ‘fertility’ diet! Eggs are packed with protein, vitamins B12, D and E and good fats. A study by Yale University found its infertile participants suffered from either insufficient or clinically-deficient levels of vitamin D. Bored with the normal sunny side ups? You can sneak them into your sandwiches, salads and even have them alongside pancakes to spice things up!
Iron is exceptionally important for healthy eggs and ovulation, and an excellent source of iron has to be figs. It’s believed to increase fertility since the time of ancient Greece, and if you’re looking for a less conventional way to eat it, try making a juice out of it instead. Or better yet, mix them into your salad for a quick fix.
Sardines and salmon contain fertility-boosting Omega 3 fatty acids; They help to regulate your reproductive hormones, increase blood flow to your reproductive organs. Plus, they’re also said to reduce stress, which has been linked to an increase in conception rates.
U.S researchers looked at nearly 19,000 female nurses and found that women who ate a lot of plant-based proteins like lentils, nuts, beans, and legumes, were substantially less likely to have trouble conceiving than those with the highest intake of animal protein. Toss in any kind of beans to your salad for a healthy dose of fiber, folate and iron.