Topic: Fertility Foods!

I found this and thought it was so informative!! Thought I would share:)

Pineapple - Contains bromelain which can act as a blood thinner, that can increase blood flow to the uterus. Bromelain is found in fresh pineapple, specifically in the core. Pineapple also contains selenium that helps to thicken the uterine lining and promote a healthy womb lining which aids with implantation.

Brazil nuts -- A top source of selenium, a vitamin that helps keep sperm cells healthy while also helping sperm motility and quality. Brazil nuts are also a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps protect sperm cells against free-radical damage. Brazil nuts also help with implantation and to thicken the uterus lining.

Yams - Wild yams are said to be a fertility superfood that have also been linked with multiple births. A tribe in Africa whose diet consists mostly of yams was recently found to have exceptionally high rates of twins and multiple births. Yams are thought to contain chemicals that stimulate hyperovulation, increasing your chances of conceiving.

Maca - A fertility superfood from Peru which helps to balance the hormones, increase egg health, increase progesterone in the body, increase sperm count and health, and is a tonic for the endocrine system.

Royal Jelly - A fertility superfood which is said to increase egg health, quality of egg, and general fertility. It is rich is vitamins, calcium, iron, amino acids and immune stimulating properties. Interestingly, royal jelly is the food that is fed to the queen bee which is what makes her the queen bee. She goes on to live 6 years and lays up to 2000 eggs per day. Other bees live less than two months.

Bee Propolis and Bee Pollen - Two fertility super foods that are rich in nutrients to help the immune system, and it also helps women who have endometriosis.

Whole grains - Whole grains such as oats, brown rice, whole wheat and quinoa are complex carbohydrates that contain an abundance of B and E vitamins that are essential for cellular reproduction, hormonal balance and the production of healthy ova and sperm. Women should be sure to eat lots of oatmeal.

Oily Fish - Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines are the best source of essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6 which play an important role in regulating reproductive functioning, improving blood flow and enhancing sperm quality and mobility.

Full Fat Dairy - Research has found that women who eat at least one portion of full fat dairy a day are significantly less likely to suffer from fertility problems that those who eat half fat or non dairy options. Whole dairy is a great source of calcium which is important in the development and maintenance of the nervous system, bones and blood. Great sources are whole milk, whole yogurt, cheese, ice cream. Have fun eating up!

Olive Oil -- Provides a rich source of vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant and an essential fertility nutrient for both men and women as it improves the viability of sperm and helps to regulate both ovulation and the production of cervical mucus and healthy hormone functioning.

Garlic - Contains an abundance of fertility boosting nutrients which enhance male fertility and help prevent the chromosome breakage that may play a role in early miscarriage. Garlic also contains vitamin B6 which helps to regulate hormones and strengthens the immune system.

Blueberries - A superfood loaded with antioxidants. They are a natural disease fighting food, high in fiber, and contain a potent dose of proanthocyanidins beneficial for cognitive function, cardiovascular, and reproductive health.

Avocados - One of the most potent antioxidants and disease fighting foods available.

Green tea -- This one is controversial, because it contains caffeine, which is a fertility no, no. But, if you are so inclined to have a cup, this miracle tea contains antioxidants useful for cancer protection and, if taken regularly, can help to lower cholesterol, improve blood sugar balance and increase your energy and fertility.

Wild Fresh Salmon -- A miracle food that is extremely high in essential fatty acids. All of the cell membranes in the body are comprised of fatty acids and our brain is over 70% fatty tissues. These fats are crucial for a healthy mind, memory, blood pressure regulation, and fertility enhancement.

Raw Pumpkin & Sunflower Seeds - A great food for male fertility, as they contain high levels of zinc and essential fatty acids which are vital to healthy functioning of the male reproductive system. These seeds have been shown to help with male fertility. It is recommended that a man with a low sperm count eat 1/4 cup a day.

Almonds & Walnuts - these raw nuts are rich in healthy oils, zinc, selenium, and vitamin E that can increase sperm and egg quality.

Flaxseed - A miracle food that in known for it's cancer protective ability, along with providing a good source of fiber and essential fatty acids that will aid fertility.

Lean Red Meat - Lean red meat is a great source of iron which helps to prevent anemia, decreases the risk of ovulatory infertility and plays a role in the production and function of red blood cells. Red meat is also a good source of vitamin B12 which is essential in the maintenance and development of the nervous system.

Honey - Honey has been used to enhance fertility throughout history as it is incredibly rich in the minerals and amino acids that nourish the reproductive system and stimulate ovarian function.

Whey protein powder - Getting enough protein in your diet can have a huge effect on fertility. If you do not get enough protein in your diet, consider a protein powder that is organic or raised without hormones and antibiotics, and the protein source should never be soy.

Spirulina - A tiny aquatic plant that has more protein than soy, more Vitamin A than carrots, more iron than beef, and is easy to digest.

Spinach - Spinach and other leafy greens are an excellent source of folic acid which is important in optimizing sperm production, facilitating regular, healthy ova production and helping to prevent neural tube defects during early pregnancy. It is also a great source of iron and vitamin C which helps to enhance sperm quality by protecting the DNA stored within it from damage.

Oysters -It is the abundance of zinc that gives it its fertility boosting qualities. Zinc is often considered to be the most important fertility nutrient as it has been shown to help with both healthy sperm and egg production.

Chillies - Have been known to increase the flow of blood around the body, ensuring that the reproductive system gets a healthy supply. Chillies also stimulate endorphin production which means more fertility boosting, stress releasing, happy hormones circulate around your body. But don’t eat them after ovulation/transfer.

Red, Orange, & Dark Geen Vegetables - Getting enough vegetables is important for boosting overall reproductive health.

Citrus Fruits- Contain folic acid and can help with fertility.

Legumes (beans, peas, lentils, garbanzo)-- A good source of protein that can aid with fertility.

Eggs - High in selenium to help create a healthy uterus for implantation. Also a great source of protein to help with egg and sperm quality.

Quinoa -- A superfood that is a great source of protein that is linked to fighting cancer and increasing fertility.

2 Liters of Filtered Water Per Day(preferably not bottles) -- It should be filtered and clean to help flush out toxins from the body and increase general reproductive health. Plastic bottles could have PCB chemicals that leak into the water and contribute to cancer and low fertility.

** Remember to take a prenatal vitamin daily with extra folic acid.

** Try to buy organic wherever possible, because chemicals in non-organic foods have been linked to infertility. All vegetables and dairy should be organic. Fish should be wild, chicken should be free-range or organic, all red meats should be grass fed or organic, All grains should be whole and naturally grown.


So now you know what you should be eating. But what about what NOT to eat? Well, I have also compiled a list of no-no's, which can be just as important or even more so!

Lisa's List of Fertility Food No-no's:

No Regular Bananas -- If you eat bananas, which is a good thing, you must buy organic. There is pretty clear evidence that a common agricultural chemical used in growing bananas effects sperm morphology and motility---to the point of sterilizing farm workers. The chemical is absorbed into the growing fruit, so peeling it doesn't help. So make sure your bananas are organic men!

Cut out all Alcohol -- Alcohol can reduce your fertility by up to 50%.

Cut out Caffeine -- Caffeine in coffee, tea, cola, and chocolate has been shown to reduce male & female fertility. As little as one cup of coffee a day can cut your chances of conception in half.

Cut out Junk Food, Processed Foot and Saturated Fats -- This speaks for itself, but you need to be sure that your body is gaining nutrients from food, not empty calories.

Do Not Diet -- Even though it's tempting to want to fit into those new jeans, diets could be counterproductive to fertility.

Decrease Sugar -- Refined sugars not only make you gain weight but can disrupt your body's blood sugar levels. They will initially give you energy but later on you will suffer from an abrupt crash, and even more fatigue.

No Artificial Sweetener -- Although there has been a great deal of debate, studies have found that artificial sweeteners, like aspartame, may be linked to cancer and decreased fertility.

Watch your Herbal Supplements: Some people swear by herbs, but many doctors feel that you should cut all herbs while on fertility medications, because they can interfere with the process. This includes herbal teas, even chamomile. Instead try steamed milk, hot lemon with water, or apple cider!

After Ovulation/Transfer avoid Fish: Don't eat sushi or any raw fish. Avoid fish that have high mercury content due to their environment—including swordfish, tilefish, king mackerel, shark, and shell fish.

No Soft Cheeses after Ovulation/Transfer: Avoid cheeses such as brie, feta, and anything that is creamy or unpasturized.

So there you have it, a list of foods that can help increase/decrease our fertility odds. And hopefully bring us one step closer to holding a healthy baby in our arms.

Happy (and healthy) Eating!

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very interesting!  Thank you for sharing.  smile

Becky

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wow!i'm gonna keep this info!thanx! smile

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thank you! very useful!

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Such a good list! I saw one thing near the end that can be amended- soft cheeses are okay if they're made from pasteurized milk.  Most soft cheeses made in the US are made from pasteurized milk.  DP and I don't eat meat, but we eat a lot of cheeses, so I checked that one out early on.

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I have started taking Royal Jelly (freeze dried and put in capsule) and this cycle I O'd a couple of days earlier.  Last month was a bad long month for me so it is great that this month is back on track.
I do eat alot of raw honey (my DP and I are beekeepers).  I have some pollen that I have started to eat.  But with pollen you really need to mix it with honey and let it sit up a bit b/c people cannot digest pollen by itself.  Pollen has a hard shell that prevents us from being able to digest it.  In  a jar of honey layer pollen/honey/pollen/honey.  Let it sit up for a week.  Daily flip the jar to allow the pollen and honey to mix.  After a week the pollen will not be in the little round balls it will be dissolved into the honey.  Then just eat a couple of spoonfuls a day!!

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Royal Jelly I want to take really bad! Do you think that It has any reactions with the Clomid I am taking?

And Where can I find that???

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Thanks for sharing!

Me (Jodi) 32 DH 43 DD 13   TTC for 6 years with male factor IF

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Thanks this is great info!

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I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to take this info and post it on my blog.  I want to share it with my readers and keep it for my benefit.  smile

Becky

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That's some great information.  Thanks for sharing!  smile  Veronica

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I don't mind at all smile

I got it from someone else.... I have been passing it along to a few other people that are TTC!!

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Ohhh Wild Salmon season is coming smile (or at least that is when I can buy it) I think I may have to store up my pennies to get some.

Kirsten (32) DH (35) Matthew (12) Catlin (10), Emily (9, and Open Heart Surgery Survivor) and TTC #4

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It should be made into a sticky

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*sets down cup of kool-aid made with artificial sweetner*

Sigh roll

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Les and Amy...      big_smile

Yeah you would be surprised to see how much stuff has artificial sweetener!!

BTW-- I always eat pineapple for 3 days after O... Shaeley Mae did that and she got a BFP so I am just kinda stuck on that! lol

and I have the royal jelly but I forget to take it... I drink grapefruit juice for my CM and have noticed a bit of a change..

How do we make stickys? Does a moderator have to do it? Thats a good idea cause I reference it alot on my own computer..

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I was wondering about the stickies as well.

Kirsten (32) DH (35) Matthew (12) Catlin (10), Emily (9, and Open Heart Surgery Survivor) and TTC #4

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Not sure... I always heard after O

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wannaBamomma wrote:
lovelymswolf wrote:

Pineapple - Contains bromelain which can act as a blood thinner, that can increase blood flow to the uterus. Bromelain is found in fresh pineapple, specifically in the core. Pineapple also contains selenium that helps to thicken the uterine lining and promote a healthy womb lining which aids with implantation.

Do you think that eating pineapple throughout the entire cycle would help or just after O???

lovelymswolf wrote:

Not sure... I always heard after O


i wonder if it continues to promote healthy blood flow to the uterus after conceiving,i find myself craving fresh pinapple often

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any one heard of drinking pom juice before O? new to this and trying everything we can think of for our first at home AI!

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How do you get yams?

Everything here seems to just be sweet potatoes. I read yams have a skin more like tree bark-- if it's smooth they're really sweet potatoes...

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RW17 wrote:

How do you get yams?

Everything here seems to just be sweet potatoes. I read yams have a skin more like tree bark-- if it's smooth they're really sweet potatoes...

I have found them at Asian markets, Mexican Tiendas and other international grocery stores/markets

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Love me some pineapple! smile

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Thanks for making my grocery list for me!  ; )

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A new one i heard is whole milk its something in the milk that helps

If you don't stand for something you'll fall for anything!!

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thank you for this list..it was greatly appreciated..i never knew of all the foods that were beneficial to conceiving. i do have a question..if you start eating pineapple a month before on the regular does it make any difference or only after you ovulate does it help?

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oh my goodness!  did anyone else notice this most recent spam is a link to fairfax cryobank??  that's not cool, dude...having them post nonsensical spam does NOT seem like a professional way to find new customers!!  wow.

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Well ladies I'm about to eat my first Pineapple core today 2 DPI. My DW cored it for me, and she took the first bite! She's a awesome woman! smile

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FYI!!!!

I was all into the wild yam idea.... BE WARNED! In reality the wild yams are known for STOPPING your ovulation. The way they work is that you eat them prior to ovulation to STOP the ovulation, and then they say that the NEXT month you avoid them and you should have 2 eggs released during ovulation instead.... translation, DO NOT EAT WILD YAMS PRIOR TO insemination!

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Bump.

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Can this be made back into a sticky... especially since there are a lot of new ladies here... big_smile

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Anyone now how much pineapple to eat? Oh, and the core is NASTY!!! But if it helps...

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^^^^ Has anyone actually read this?? Holy mother-of-all-spam!!!! That one was different.

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2mommies2Kendon wrote:

^^^^ Has anyone actually read this?? Holy mother-of-all-spam!!!! That one was different.

I have seen that post a few times on this forum! Craziness!!

SMBC: TTC since 12/2014: 3 home attempts: 2 BFN & 1 chemical. 3 medicated Dr assisted IUI's: 2 BFN & 1 BFP (04/24/15) with twins in May (new donor) MC with D&C @ 9w. 4th IUI 09/17/15: BFN. 10/15: hsg good. 11/15: BFN. 01/16: BFN. 05/16: Embryos arrested. IVF failed 06/16: KD BFN 07/16: KD BFN 09/16: IUI #7 with donor sperm BFP-MC at 9w w/ D&C. 02/17: diagnosed with hetero compound MTHFR & clotting mutation. 03/09/17 IUI #8: chemical pregnancy. IUI #9: 04/19/17 BFN LOOKING FOR EMBRYO'S TO ADOPT