You know there are a lot of rules about what you can and can't eat once you get pregnant, but what about when you're trying? Can certain foods improve your ability to make a baby? Absolutely.

Are you hoping to fall pregnant?

Are you hoping to fall pregnant?

Whether you're just beginning your quest to add to your family or you've been trying to get pregnant for a while, top Naturopathic Nutritionist, Amy Morris from Water for Health (www.water-for-health.co.uk) shares six fertility-boosting foods to add to your diet:

1. POMEGRANATES

Pomegranates are rich in many nutrients including vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid and several other vitamins and minerals. They are known to have anti-ageing properties, anti-cancer properties, and can be helpful for cardiovascular and bone health. In addition, they also contain anti-inflammatory properties and help boost blood flow which can increase your chances of conceiving. In some ancient cultures, pomegranates were seen as a symbol of fertility, and there is research to show that drinking pomegranate juice during pregnancy may prevent brain damage in babies.

2. SALMON

Salmon (so long as it is line and pole caught and free from heavy metals) is a great protein source, and also rich in many nutrients, particularly anti-inflammatory omega 3, which can help balance your reproductive system and keep you as healthy as possible. Research has shown that optimal levels of omega 3 are important in the management of female infertility, and as our bodies cannot create this fatty acid itself, it’s important we get adequate amounts in our diet. To increase your chances of falling pregnant, I would highly recommend upping the omega 3 in your diet. Foods like eggs, walnuts, chia seeds and flax seeds are also rich in omega 3, but to ensure you’re meeting the recommended daily amount, I’d recommend a high quality supplement like UnoCardio 1000 ( £35.75 from www.water-for-health.co.uk) which has been named the highest and purest quality fish oil supplement on the market since 2015.

3. AVOCADOS

Avocados are packed with minerals, vitamins, essential fats, protein, carbohydrate and fibre. They are a fantastic source of vitamin E which studies have shown can be beneficial in improving the lining of your uterus, and can also help with embryo implantation. Avocados are also an excellent source of folate so are an important fertility food and also great during pregnancy as consuming foods high in folate, as well as taking a folic acid supplement can help prevent spina bifida.

4. BROCOLLI

Broccoli has among the highest calcium content of any vegetable, which is very important because calcium helps regulate the alkalinity of the reproductive tract and usher sperm along. Broccoli is also bursting with folate, vitamin C, and other vitamins and minerals to help keep your reproductive health as strong as possible.

5. CITRUS FRUITS

Not only are oranges, grapefruits and other citrus fruits one of the best sources of vitamin C, they’re also packed with potassium, calcium and folate, a B vitamin which helps to regulate ovulation, as well as create a healthy environment for eggs. For maximum benefit, you should aim for at least one serving of citrus fruit each day.

6. BERRIES

Raspberries, blueberries and blackberries are all great for fertility. They are extremely high sources of antioxidants which contribute to healthy eggs and sperm, which is especially important for older men and women who want to conceive. Goji berries in particular, have fertility boosting benefits, with research showing they can improve sperm health and motility. Conventionally grown berries are heavily sprayed with pesticides, and their thin skin allows more chemicals to penetrate the fruit, so opt for organic berries where possible.


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