Couple's Guide to Fertility-Enhancing Foods (Part 2)
Updated: Mar 16
In the last post, we discussed some of foods suggested by experts to enhance fertility and chances of conception. But as we mentioned, fertility is a complicated aspect of holistic health, so in addition to attempting these enhancement methods, it's always a good idea to seek out a professional gynecologist. Here's part two of our couple's guide that will explore some more foods experts suggest to enhance fertility and chances of conception.
You may have heard of a number of different species of fish that can help improve fertility, but wild salmon -- not farmed -- is incredibly rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which experts say could help to monitor and balance out the reproductive hormones as well as improve circulation to the reproductive organs. On top of that, wild salmon is lower in mercury than other types of fatty fish. Salmon burgers can be found in the freezers of most grocery stores. Take note, however, that it's best to avoid swordfish, king mackerel, shark, and tilefish.
As an unexpected item on this list, pumpkin seeds are packed with iron and proven in a study to assist with fertility and conception.
"They're high in non-heme iron, the type of iron found in certain plant food and iron-fortified foods. One study found that women who regularly took an iron supplement (which is non-heme iron) were 40 percent less likely to have trouble getting pregnant than those who didn't take iron. Toast pumpkin seeds in the oven for a crunchy (and baby-boosting) snack," writes Leslie Popper in Parents Magazine.
That's right -- one study found that two servings per day of whole milk helped to protect against ovulatory infertility. On the other hand, skim milk and low-fat milk supposedly do the exact opposite. The best way to incorporate whole milk into your diet is to replace one low-fat milk item a day with its full-fat alternative.
Fertility starts to decline for women from about the age of 30, dropping down more steeply from the age of 35. Being aware of the small steps you can take to improve your chances of conception is the key to making the decisions that are best for your reproductive health. For more information about gynecology and womens health care, contact WomanCare PC.