BananasGood nutrition is a foundation for good health. Good health allows your systems to function as they need to on your behalf, including your reproductive system. While there is no such thing as a fertility superfood, there are foods that have the nutrients your body needs to be at its reproductive best. One of these “superfoods” is bananas.

Bananas are rich in many nutrients. Known for their potassium (they provide up to 10 percent of your daily recommended amount), they are also rich in Vitamin C (10 percent of your daily needs) and fiber (3 grams from a 6-inch banana). They are also rich in B6. B6 is particularly important to reproductive health because it helps regulate the hormones. An imbalance of hormones has direct effects on both male and female reproduction, particularly on the health of the egg and sperm produced by the parents.

Folate is another nutrient bananas provide for women who are trying to conceive. The vitamin helps prevent neural tube defects, responsible for conditions such as spina bifida in a growing fetus, and are also crucial to making new red blood cells, responsible for carrying oxygen around the body.

They are also a great source of manganese or magnesium, a mineral critical to the health of both male and female reproduction. Not having enough magnesium in your diet, which is not always provided in prenatal vitamins, affects progesterone levels and disrupts the blood supply to the uterus. Magnesium also plays an important role in the woman’s egg health.

Bananas are easy to get, to transport and to eat on the go. They are naturally portable and one of nature’s fast foods. With about 100 calories per 6-inch banana, they are also great for people who are trying to get to a healthier BMI to aid their conception efforts. While there is no such thing as a fertility superfood, bananas are a superfood for your fertility diet.

Banana Pancakes

Ingredients

¾ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup almond meal
¼ cup old-fashioned oats
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 tablespoon canola oil

Directions
1. Preheat griddle to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2. Mix whole wheat flour, almond meal, oats, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
3. Beat an egg in a separate bowl. Beat milk, banana and canola oil into the beaten egg; pour into flour mixture and stir until just combined into a lumpy batter.
4. Pour batter 1/2-cup at a time onto the hot griddle; cook until edges become crisp and bubbles have formed on the top, 3 to 5 minutes. Flip the pancakes and continue cooking until the bottom of the pancakes are browned, 3 to 5 minutes more.

Recipe from Allrecipes.com.

Sources:

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