Please share any and all herbs and foods you may know of that could aid in fertility. For both the male and female. TIA!
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9/4/07 at 6:15pm
It would be so nice to get a list of things from everyone!
This is what I do:
red raspberry leaf tea
lots of water
I read an article the other day and have been meaning to post the info. Here are the the highlights:
Avoid refined grains, unhealthy fats, processed foods
Increase these three 'powerhouse' foods:
-beans - because of the iron - 'higher intake of iron, lower risk of infertility', 'plant-based nonheme iron more effective than animal-based heme iron and as effective as iron supplements', ex. 1 cup white beans gives half daily iron - other sources: lentils, spinach, soybeans, pumpkin seeds, and molasses. Beans also improve insulin metabolism and high insulin levels can disrupt ovulation and make it harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus
-full fat dairy - improves ovarian function, while low fat dairy decreases fertility by disrupting ovulation. Cut back on other sources of saturated fat.
-avocado - the monunsaturated fats provide the raw materials for reproductive hormones in both men and women. Also, skip trans fats and use other good-fat sources: olive oil, canola oil, nuts, nut butters.
Finally, eat organic! recent studies suggest a link between pesticide exposure and impaired hormonal function in women and decreased semen quality in men.
This info is all from Delicious Living Magazine September 2007.