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5 Foods to Increase Your Fertility – From Garlic to Oysters

What a diet – garlic and oysters! Those foods increase fertility because they’re high in vitamins and minerals. Here’s how certain “fertility foods” help you get pregnant – these vitamin rich snacks and meals are delicious, easy to snack on, and healthy for you and your future baby.

foods for fertilityNature’s Bounty Odorless Garlic is an easy way to increase the garlic in your diet – garlic is a food for fertility. It’s not always easy to eat alot of raw garlic, so most people who want to increase their garlic intake go for the garlic pills.

A healthy pregnancy starts with every morsel you put into your mouth now. It’s never too early to start eating the right foods.

Remember that “The greatest wealth is health.”  ~ Virgil. If you’re healthy, you can get wealthy. But all the money in the world can’t buy good health. Your health is your biggest asset and your most treasured possession (other than loved ones, of course) – so take care of it!

These five vitamin rich foods for fertility are so tempting and delicious, that you won’t have to go an extra mile to insert them into your diet – you’ll want them on your plate for the pure pleasure of their tastiness.

If you’re a woman who exercises, you need to increase your protein intake – and also take more vitamins and minerals via a supplement. Foods that are high in protein include meats, poultry, fish, dry beans and peas, soy products, eggs, cheese, cottage cheese, milk, and nuts.

And, don’t forget the folic acid!

An Easy Fertility Diet – 5 Vitamin Rich Foods

Though there are many factors that contribute to getting pregnant, it is always good to remember that a healthy diet can not only increase your chances of being more fertile, but it can also help you live a longer life.

There are several foods that doctors suggest that men and women eat when they are trying to conceive, and as you’ll find out, they are simple, delicious – and tasty too!

Oysters for protein and zinc

Oysters are a jewel from the sea. Not only are they delicious and high in protein, but they are also chalked full of zinc, which in many studies, has been proven to increase fertility in both men and women. Specifically, zinc is known to help increase egg production in women and testosterone and semen levels in men. Also, zinc promotes healthy cell division in the beginning stages of conception, and thus can increase your chances of having a healthy start on your journey to conceive. If you are not a fan of seafood, add turkey or chicken to your fertility diet — they’re good sources of zinc.

Spinach for iron and folic acid

Spinach has a great reputation, and not just as part of a fertility diet! The leafy green is full of iron, an essential mineral which helps your body carry oxygen to the lungs, muscles, and organs. In addition, iron can increase your energy and stamina, which is something you definitely need when trying to conceive a baby. Furthermore, spinach contains folic acid which is a nutrient that can contribute to healthy sperm in men. Folic acid is also beneficial to women because it can prevent neural tube defects in the early stages of pregnancy.  Last but not least, spinach has loads of vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant and immune booster.

Also – don’t forget to take prenatal vitamins as part of your fertility diet! New Chapter Perfect Prenatal Vitamins are organic and herbal blend that can even be taken on an empty stomach.

Garlic for antioxidants and selenium, to boost fertility

Garlic has been championed for ages, not just because of its wonderful flavor but also because it has great antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Garlic is full of vitamin C and B6, which are both important for hormone regulation and immune boosting. More importantly, garlic has high amounts of selenium – an antioxidant that can prevent chromosome breakage (a problem linked to both birth defects and miscarriages). Garlic is a must for a fertility diet – and it’s delicious when baked.

Chick peas for vitamins and fiber

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“Foods to Increase Fertility” image by Blind_Ace via DeviantArt

It is always important to eat lots of protein when you are trying to get pregnant because protein promotes healthy tissue growth, both in your body and your baby’s body. Eating more protein also can help you maintain a healthy weight, something that is essential when trying to conceive a baby. Chickpeas not only have a high protein content, but they are also low in saturated fats, and have tons of fiber (good for intestinal health) and vitamin B6 (essential for hormone regulation).

Sunflower seeds for vitamin E (a must for any fertility diet)

Not only are these crunchy seeds a delicious, vitamin rich snack, but they’re also chalk full of vitamin E. Vitamin E is highly recommended for both men and women who are trying to conceive because it is a strong antioxidant that can keep your body free from cell defects and poor health. In addition, studies show that men who have increased levels of vitamin E in their diet, have higher fertilization rates and better sperm motility than men who don’t have high levels of vitamin E.

So there you have it! There are many kinds of nutrient-rich foods that should be part of your fertility diet. Not only will these foods fuel your body with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, but they will also improve your overall health — something that you should aim for at any stage in your life.

To learn more about vitamin rich foods for fertility, read Vitamin B12 and Fertility, Plus Tips for Getting More B12.

If you have any thoughts on these foods for fertility, please comment below. I can’t offer health advice, but I’d love to hear what you think about eating to get pregnant.

You might also want to read How to Increase Fertility Naturally – because getting pregnant isn’t just about your diet. There’s only so much garlic you can eat to increase fertility!

About the author: Sheena Koo is a Vancouver-based writer, blogger, and website developer. You can find her on twitter at @sheenasaid or check out her website www.hesaidsheenasaid.com, where she writes quirky commentary on the confounding species known as man.

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7 thoughts on “5 Foods to Increase Your Fertility – From Garlic to Oysters”

  1. You’re welcome! I hope these foods for fertility help you get pregnant, and have the babies you always hoped for.

    Remember to eat everything in moderation. Lots of fruits and veggies, of course, as well as protein and healthy fats.

  2. Tammy Ross Sudder

    The best fertility diet is a balanced food pyramid. The more fruit and vegetables you eat, the healthier you’ll be overall. And the healthier you are, the more fertile you are. These are good foods for fertility, but it’s important to be balanced in what you eat. I’m a nutritionist, and I know that few people eat balanced diets.

  3. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Hi Shelly,

    I think it depends on the type of food. For instance, tomatoes are healthier when they’re cooked (lycopene).

    And here’s what I found on the TrustedMD blog:

    There is no question that enzyme-rich, raw food packs a nutritional punch that cooked food cannot match…some vegetables are actually more nourishing if lightly cooked. The heat will break down the nutrient inhibitors in them, making the nutrients more available to the gut for absorption.

    Good veggies to cook are cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. They contain goitrogens (which inhibit thyroid hormone) and are neutralized with light cooking, as well as some leafy greens, like spinach, kale, chard and collard greens which contain oxalic acid which reduce the absorption of calcium and can irritate the intestines. So steaming these veggies lightly without overcooking is the way to go.

    I hope this helps!


  4. Hi Sheena thank you for this fertility diet information! Do you think cooked foods make a difference in nutrients? Like does spinach have different affects on fertility if its cooked or raw? Same with garlic and onions. My partner eats raw onions and says its healthier than cooked ones. What do you think? Thanks, Shelly