GarlicWhen you are working on getting pregnant, what you eat becomes a critical factor in your overall health and the health of your reproductive system. You may have heard of fertility superfoods, but when it comes to a fertility diet, there isn’t anything more important than nutrient-dense, whole foods. One fertility diet superfood that is often overlooked is garlic.

Garlic is a great source of selenium, a nutrient that some experts believe can boost male fertility. Furthermore, selenium is thought to help prevent early miscarriage, a common occurrence in pregnancy. Garlic is also a good source of the B vitamins, including B6, which is critical to helping regulate hormone levels. Some experts also say B6 can strengthen the immune system. Others say it’s effective at helping manage morning sickness symptoms — and who doesn’t want help with that?

Some people claim that garlic has love-infused power, but this is hardly a scientific concept. In fact, some might argue that it’s a love blocker because of the bad effects it can cause in one’s breath!

Fertility superfoods are an important part of your fertility health when you are trying to conceive. Eating lots of nutrient-dense, whole foods ensures that your body is getting what it needs to be at its fertility best. So be sure to add a little extra garlic in your cooking to spice up your food and, if you believe the hype, your love life. Here’s an excellent recipe to get you started.

Italian Chicken With Garlic and Lemon
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Ingredients:

15 chicken thighs
8 large potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 cup vegetable oil, or as needed
½ cup wine vinegar
5 lemons, juiced
10 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1 onion, minced
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Arrange the chicken pieces in a 10-by-15-inch enameled roasting pan. In a large skillet over medium high heat, fry the potatoes in 1/2-inch-deep oil until golden brown, then put them in the pan with the chicken.
3. Combine the vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, parsley, onion, salt and pepper with the 1/2 cup reserved frying oil, and pour this mixture over the chicken and potatoes.
4. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 1/4 hours, basting the chicken and potatoes with the sauce mixture. Let rest for 5 minutes and serve hot.

Sources:

“Best Diets for Fertility-The top 13 “super” foods-Part 2.” Circle Bloom. 25 Jun 2012: 1. Web. 10 March 2015. http://www.circlebloom.com/best-diets-for-fertility-the-top-13-super-foods-part-2/ .

Mass, Aela. “16 Fertility Superfoods.” Babble. 15 Jun 2012: 15. Web. 10 March 2015. <http://www.babble.com/pregnancy/16-fertility-superfoods/garlic/>.

Rodriguez, Hethir. “The Natural Fertility Diet: How to Eat for Optimal Fertility.” Natural Fertility Info. Web. 28 Dec. 2013. http://natural-fertility-info.com/fertility-diet .