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Diet and Fertility

Fertility is a significant issue faced by many Australian women. According to a survey, around 15 percent of couples have fertility issues at some point in their lives. In addition to medications and interventional procedures, specific changes in lifestyle and diet can help promote fertility. Some of the natural ways to improve fertility are:



  • Antioxidants:


They help in removing the body of harmful radicals. These harmful radicals destroy sperms and eggs and decrease fertility. A recent study showed that taking adequate antioxidant intake increase the fertility of couples by more than 20 percent. Some of the foods that increase fertility are green vegetables, fruits, nuts. These have specific vitamins like vitamin C and E. Antioxidant-rich foods can also improve fertility rates among men with infertility.



  • Vegetables and fruits:


Women who consume more processed foods have shown to have decreased ovulation and fertility. Adding more vegetables and fruits to your diet is a helpful start. The addition of certain fruits like asparagus and watermelon has shown to increase glutathione. This has an antioxidant effect on eggs and helps in its release. Another green used is kale which boosts estrogen in females. You can either choose to make a vegetable shake or even roast/bake them.


  • Fats in Moderation:


Fats can be both beneficial and harmful for fertility. Plant-based fats in moderation are considered beneficial infertility if consumed immoderation. Certain fats that come from sources like avocados, olives, nuts, and corn oil are considered excellent sources. Not only studies have shown that these increase fertility, but it also has shown the increasing success of in vitro fertilization.

On the other hand, monounsaturated fats, especially from processed foods, increased insulin resistance, and cause metabolic disturbances. This may lead to a decline in fertility. A recent study done among Australian women showed a reduction in fertility up to 3 times than the women who consumed good fats in moderation.



  • Complex carbs over simple carbs:


Complex carbs are those who get digested slowly hence making you less hungry all the time. Some of the most common sources of complex carbs that contain fibers are vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. As they are digested slowly, they have a gradual effect on blood insulin levels. Studies have correlated insulin surges to low fertility, and complex carbohydrates avoid that. The complex carbs will keep you fuller and maintain a healthy blood sugar level.


  • Protein sources matter:


Lean meat and fish are incredible sources of good protein. Protein from red meat and other fatty places may have certain chemicals embedded in their fat that can interact with your fertility. Chicken, turkey, pork, low-fat red beef, salmon, tuna, and sardines are good sources of protein that do not interfere with the hormonal system. One study showed that ovulatory disorders reduced to 50 percent when just five percent of your total calorie intake is from plant-based proteins.



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This article is written to be informative and does not substitute seeking a professional consultation from a medical professional.

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