Out of the many foods to improve fertility you can choose from, this potion is one of my favorites. And if you like lemony, zesty flavors, you’ll love this recipe!
This concoction is so nutrient-dense and filling you will not be hungry for hours to come. So let’s take a look at all the goodies in this meal;
Lemon contains up to ten times more vitamins and nutrients than the juice alone. It’s a source of Salvestrol Q40 a potent phytochemical antioxidant laureled as one of the best anti-cancer compounds in existence. It also goes by another name – Resveratrol (Salvestrol Q30) a nutrient I use a lot in the treatment of sperm abnormalities due to its ability to protect sperm from oxidative damage.
Lemons are also a great source of fiber, limonene, bioflavonoids, beta carotene, folate, pectin, magnesium, potassium, calcium and vitamin C! All these nutrients are required for healthy eggs and sperm, hormone production and fertility. Also, whole lemons are potent detoxifiers, removing heavy metals and other environmental pollutants we get exposed to on a daily basis. In addition they are very alkalizing which is important for the health of sperm and sperm survival in the female reproductive tract. Lastly, your humble lemon is a liver tonic and cleanser. Your liver works very hard to make and metabolize all the hormones in your body and will love the whole lemon!
If it’s derived from GMO-free soy, like the one used in this recipe, it is full of health benefits minus the negative effects attributed to soy. It’s a source of Phosphatidylcholine, the key ingredient of cell membranes. Healthy cell membranes ensure good communication between cells, nutrient absorption and waste removal. The quality of egg and sperm membranes is very important for fertilization and implantation.
Choline is also used for strengthening your nerve cells and improving cognitive function. This is one nutrient you want to consume before pregnancy to ensure adequate reserves once pregnant as your baby will need it for his/her brain development!
Lecithin is also great for fat breakdown, helps with digestion of fatty foods, and helps you lose excess fat in the body. Your liver also thrives on both lecithin and choline. If you don’t like the idea of using anything from soy you can get lecithin form eggs and bee pollen. Just make sure the eggs are organic and free-range. However, preferably you should not be eating anything raw while trying to get pregnant due to the high risk of salmonella infection which could prevent you from keeping your pregnancy.
These seeds contain all of the essential amino acids and are a great source of protein. The gelatinous coating, which forms once ingested or soaked, is a great source of fiber and it protects your stomach and gut walls. These little seeds are also a great source of omega 3 essential fatty acids much needed for healthy sperm morphology and good egg quality. They also lower the bad cholesterol LDL and raise the good cholesterol HDL. The type of fats you eat will largely determine the quality of your eggs and sperm. Remember, egg and sperm cells are mostly made of protein and fat, so chia is a perfect food to improve fertility.
Lastly, flaxseeds are a great source of lignans and omega 3s which are great for their anti-inflammatory properties and progesterone production. This is especially important if you have a luteal phase defect, characterized by a short luteal phase and spotting before periods. Flaxseeds are also a great source of ALA (alpha-lipoic acid) which recycles CoQ10 and other antioxidants as well as is a potent antioxidant itself. ALA is a fantastic nutrient to take for improving egg quality especially in women over 35.
Other powerful fertility boosting nutrients in this dish are zinc, iron and protein all crucial for both egg and sperm survival and these nutrients are bountifully derived from coconut!
Not to mention all the amazing properties of pumpkin seeds, honey, goji berries and the banana – all again full of fertility-boosting minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and phytonutrients!
Enjoy these foods to improve your fertility on a daily basis. You can combine them all for a super nutritious meal or you can eat them individually. Make sure to leave a note on this recipe. Did you like it? I think it’s almost criminal that something that’s this healthy should taste so good! 🙂
Iva Keene is co-founder and director of Natural-Fertility-Prescription.com. She has been a qualified, accredited Naturopathic Physician for over 13 years, holds a Bachelor's degree in Health Science and a Masters degree in Reproductive Medicine. Since founding NFP in 2008, Iva's articles, videos, guides and reports have reached over 1.3 million people. Iva has dedicated her professional life to supporting couples on their path to parenthood with scientifically grounded information, protocols and coaching around preconception care, natural infertility treatments and integrative reproductive health.