Dietary changes form an integral part of any preconception plan and it is optimal to allow nine months prior to conceiving to improve the nutritional status of both partners. This can not only improve fertility but also the health of the baby and pregnancy outcome.
Brazil Nuts, Pumpkin Seeds & Sunflower Seeds
A powerful mix of selenium, zinc and vitamin E, this fertility trail mix may improve sperm health and female reproductive hormones.
This simple cruciferous vegetable is packed full of phytosterols, which help to keep our hormones in balance. Broccoli is also good for clearing excess oestrogen from the body.
A rich source of folate, asparagus is an essential; addition to a preconception eating plan. Not only does this delicious vegetable provide the important B9 nutrient, it also acts as an aphrodisiac.
Bananas are a great source of B6, a vitamin with hormone-regulating properties. By regulating hormones, B6 helps ensure the right balance of oestrogen to progesterone, improving fertility.
Fresh Anchovies and Sardines
When choosing fish for essential fatty acids, it’s important to go for these small varieties to avoid high mercury levels. Buy fresh and cook with oil, garlic, salt and pepper.
Eggs provide an array of nutrients, one of which is vitamin D. There are many vitamin D receptors on cells within the female reproductive organs suggesting it plays a large role in this system.