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What Foods Increase Fertility?

What Foods Increase Fertility?


Eating the right foods that are nutritious and rich in the right nutrients and anti-oxidants, as well as maintaining a balanced diet helps improves fertility levels.

Dietary Advice as Effective as Intrauterine Insemination

A study conducted in the U.K. by Dr. Emma Derbyshire of the Manchester Metropolitan University shows that dietary advice was just as effective as intrauterine insemination and ovarian stimulation, in terms of increasing the chances of fertility.

Modifying Diet Helps Fertility

Another study examined a total of 17,544 females who did not have any history of infertility and it was found that the females who followed a diet that was high in monosaturated fat, vegetables, low glycemic index level carbohydrates, multivitamins and dairy had lower risk for ovulatory disorder infertility, and therefore increasing their chances of conceiving.

But it is not enough that you eat these types of foods regularly, you have to be eating them in the proper amounts as well in order that they will help increase your fertility levels.

Scientific Proportions to Increase Fertility

It has been found that eating the following in these daily recommended daily servings will ensure that the body functions properly in order to promote fertility:

  • 75 to 100 grams of protein
  • ½ cup of legumes
  • 1 cup of green leafy vegetables
  • ½ cup of fruit.

It is also important to eat a lot of calcium rich food. One study shows that ensuring that you get 1,000 mg of calcium daily helps to increase fertility levels.

Meanwhile, food rich in zinc has been proven to maintain high levels of semen volume and blood testosterone, thereby increasing male fertility. Oysters are a good source of zinc. Vitamin E has also been found to be effective in increasing male fertility, but this time in ensuring that the male sperm cells are mobile and capable of staying alive inside the female anatomy.



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