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Your Guide to Healthy Fertility-Boosting Foods

April 5, 2013

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Increasing your chances of getting pregnant isn’t only about giving up certain foods; it’s also a great opportunity to add in more nutritious options. 

Eating healthily when trying to get pregnant is important because a well-balanced diet will even out your hormones and prime your body for a full-term pregnancy.

So while it’s important to cut out things like soy, unpasteurized cheeses, and caffeine, which contain bacteria and chemicals that can decrease your chances of conceiving, there’s an abundance of all-natural foods out there that can do the trick when it comes to boosting your fertility.

Give your body a healthy boost with these five foods that can help you get pregnant:

1. Lentils – This legume is the second highest food source of folic acid, a B vitamin that can do wonders to support ovulation and regulate the menstrual cycle. In fact, just 1 cup of cooked lentils has about 90% of your recommended daily intake of folic acid. It’s also an important vitamin to ingest when you’re trying to conceive as it has been shown to reduce the risk of birth defects as well as autism.

2. Wild-caught salmon – A low-mercury, oily fish like wild salmon contains healthy amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which can level out hormones, thicken the endometrial lining, and enhance male reproductive health.

3. Maca – A superfood in every sense of the word, maca helps balance estrogen levels, support egg health, and boost sperm count. It’s also known to increase progesterone, a reproductive hormone that’s necessary for fertility.

4. Eggs – Loaded with zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and choline, eggs – and especially their yolks – are packed with fertility-boosting nutrients that promote a regular menstrual cycle and the production of healthy eggs.

5. Goji berry – With high levels of antioxidants that protect sperm and the female reproductive organs from free radicals, goji berries can improve fertility in both men and women. It’s also a great preventative measure for premature ovarian failure. As an added bonus, this berry is known to increase sex drive.

What fertility-boosting foods do you recommend?