The fertility journey is rarely easy, but if you’ve started the new year intending to be healthier than the last, there are six foods that can help boost female fertility. What are they?
- Avocados – A nutritional powerhouse full of essential fats, protein, fibre and essential vitamins and minerals. Avocados are a wonderful source of vitamin E, which has been shown in previous studies to improve the endometrial lining, which is important for healthy implantation.
- Salmon – Salmon is a great source of protein and omega-3. Omega-3 is a fatty acid that has been shown in previous studies to improve egg quality in women at advanced maternal age.
- Eggs – One of the most nutritious foods you can eat! Eggs are rich in choline, a nutrient that has been shown to have significant positive effects on early foetal development, oocyte quality and can reduce the risk of miscarriage.
- Beetroot – An excellent source of antioxidant resveratrol and nitrates well known to improve blood flow and increase circulation to your uterus. Studies have previously shown that good circulation and blood flow to your uterus has been linked to a higher probability of a pregnancy.
- Pomegranates – A fruit that is not only rich in vitamins such as vitamin C and K, but also an excellent source of folic acid and essential anti-inflammatory properties in addition to helping improve blood flow. Pomegranates are great sources of antioxidants too, which are beneficial to both males and females, protecting oocytes and sperm cells from damage.
- Spinach – One of the richest sources of folate you have consume! Folate is an incredibly important nutrient that not only helps form the baby’s spine, but it also has been shown to have a significant effect on implantation, clinical pregnancy and live birth rates. In addition to implantation rates, studies have shown that women who had a folate intake of >800ug/day had better fertilisation rates and reduced cycle failure rates before an embryo transfer.