Young woman choosing food“Fertility superfood” is a term used to describe foods that have the important nutrients your body needs to have regular ovulation and to boost the health of male fertility. The truth is that there is no such thing as a superfood, but once you understand what the nutrients in these important foods do for your fertility, you can definitely understand why some call them that.

Here Are Five Foods You Should Eat More of This Summer:

Cold-water, fatty fish: Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, cold-water fatty fish like salmon and mackerel can be a great food to eat when you are trying to conceive. Another important nutrient these fish have is DHA, particularly important to male fertility as it helps keep the membranes around the sperm in good health. In particular, salmon is a great food for fertility because it also has a good amount of selenium, a mineral that can help fight off free radical toxins that can damage sperm and eggs.

Eggs: Easy to find and cook, eggs are a great source of vitamin D. Vitamin D is a critical nutrient for both women who are trying to conceive and those who are pregnant. In addition, eggs are abundant in a little-known nutrient called choline, which is significant to the brain development of a growing fetus. Eggs are a treasure of nutrient density that is sure to give your body what it needs when you are trying to get pregnant.

Citrus fruit: Rich in vitamin C, citrus fruit is an important part of your diet when you want to get pregnant. Not only does it bolster the immune system, but vitamin C is also an important factor in helping balance a woman’s hormones. In addition, it can help improve motility and sperm count for men.

Peas: Peas are rich in fiber and zinc, two important nutrients for the reproductive system. Zinc has been shown to help balance the estrogen and progesterone in women, as well as helping boost the motility and function of the sperm of infertile men.

Almonds: With a healthy dose of vitamin E, almonds are a great food to snack on when you are working on starting a family. The vitamin E is essential to sperm and egg health, with the additional bonus that it helps protect their DNA. It is also a lean source of protein, an important consideration for couples that are trying to maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI) in order to improve their fertility state.

A healthy diet is one thing you can do to help get your body at its best for conception. Whether you need nutrients to help promote regular ovulation or to bolster the ratios that came back from a male fertility workup, eating a fertility diet rich in these five fertility superfoods this summer can help move you along on your journey to parenthood.

Sources:

Kresser, Chris. “5 Primal Superfoods for Fertility and Pregnancy.” www.marksdailyapple.com. 2 May 2014. Web. 28 May 2014.
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James, Georgia. “10 best fertility superfoods to help you conceive.” www.paretdish.co.uk. Web. 28 May 2014. http://www.parentdish.co.uk/pregnancy-and-birth/10-best-fertility-superfoods-to-help-you-conceive/