Infertility continues to cause millions of couples around the world a lot of pain as their desire to bear children is denied year after year. According to the World Health Organisation, up to 1 in every 4 couples is considered infertile. That prevalence is on the rise with an increase in poor lifestyle and dietary choices.
Nature’s Lab® experts have put together a list of ten everyday foods which have been found to be potent fertility boosters. These foods can be consumed as part of a fertility-enhancing diet & lifestyle program designed to increase your chances of successful conception.
Before resorting to more complex paths like IVF and ICF, why not try your kitchen cupboard first and see if nature has the answer.
Pumpkin seeds (Zinc): As a great source of zinc, pumpkin seeds are potent fertility boosters for men. They not only boost testosterone levels in the body but also increase semen production. Zinc also plays an important role in female fertility. For those trying for a baby, our experts highly recommend snacking on pumpkin seeds as a way of boosting your chances of successful conception.
Avocado (Vitamin B6)
Rich in Vitamin B6, avocado plays a major role in fertility health by preventing luteal phase defect. In addition, it’s high folic acid content greatly reduces the chances of unborn babies developing neural tube defects, and having miscarriages. Nature’s Lab® experts recommend consuming fresh avocados as part of a healthy salad or incorporating it in delicious smoothies.
Bursting with B Vitamins and Bromelain, bananas are excellent fertility boosters. Bromelain boosts libido while B Vitamins increase sex hormone production. Our experts recommend snacking on a banana as part of a healthy balanced diet.
Asparagus has been used for centuries to treat infertility. High in Vitamin C and folic acid, asparagus has been shown to improve both male and female fertility. Nature’s Lab® experts recommend eating it almost raw or very lightly steamed in order to get the most out of its fertility boosting abilities. For some people, finding fresh asparagus might prove difficult. In such cases, we recommend a high quality asparagus supplement like Himalaya Shatavari
, which you can purchase from our online store.
Rich in allicin, garlic has been shown to improve blood flow to the reproductive organs, thereby enhancing male erections and heightening sexual pleasure in women. Garlic can be added to meals as a spice or crushed and drank with honey. Nature’s Lab® experts recommend taking it as an odorless supplement.
Cashew nuts (Multi-minerals)
Cashew nuts are an excellent source of zinc, magnesium and copper. These three elements work synergistically to boost fertility in both men and women. These elements are also essential in maintaining a healthy pregnancy.
Milk (L-Lysine): Milk is a rich source of L-Lysine, an essential amino acid which is needed for optimal hormone production. L-Lysine has been shown to help prevent fertility problems.
Almond nuts (L-Arginine)
Almond nuts contain L-Arginine, one of the most important amino acids in the body. L-Arginine is extremely important for male fertility as it increases sperm count.
Tuna Fish (Selenium): Selenium is an essential trace element that has been recognised as one of the most important nutrients in our diet. It is an antioxidant that is necessary for the body’s manufacture of proteins. It also forms part of the male sperm, which means that deficiency can be linked to infertility in men. It has also been shown to boost male sex drive. Other rich sources of selenium include tomatoes and onions.
Soybeans (Vitamin E)
Vitamin E plays an important role in both male and female fertility. In men, low dietary intake of this antioxidant vitamin is often linked to low sperm count. In women, vitamin E may regulate the production of cervical mucus, which is essential in aiding the sperm motility and fertilisation process.