Acupuncturist, Nutritionist and Traditional Chinese Medical Practitioner
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Experts at Harvard Medical School say that replacing a serving of meat each day with a vegetable protein such as beans, peas, soybeans, tofu or nuts can boost fertility.
Sunflower seeds are high in zinc which is the most important nutrient for male and female fertility (also a great source of protein!).
Broccoli and other dark green leafy vegetables are high in phytosterols which support our hormonal system.
Brown rice is rich in folic acid to protect your baby from neural tube defects. Its amazing for maintaining normal blood-sugar levels to prevent bursts in insulin which can disrupt your menstrual cycles.
Salmon is a wonderful oily fish which is high in omega-3 fats to help regulate sex glands and control inflammatory responses. Also high in selenium which protects the egg and sperm from free radicals.
Bananas help regulate hormones due to their beautiful B6 vitamins. This deficiency can lead to irregular periods and poor egg and sperm development.
Shellfish contain high doses of B12 which isn’t easy to obtain without red meat. But unlike red meat it doesn’t cause inflammation within the body (unless you have an allergy, of course). A deficiency of B12 is linked with abnormal estrogen levels.
Eggs are high in Vit D and so good for the immune system. Yale University did a study on the Vit D levels of 67 infertile women and found that 7% had normal levels of Vit D and 93% had either insufficient or a deficiency. The study also found that the women with PCOS all had insufficient Vit D levels.
As we head into the festive season, be sure not to overload your plates with the wrong foods. Stick to proteins instead of filling up on extra carbs and pile your plate high with veggies. Make informed decisions, and enjoy these yummy foods that will boost your fertility. Many of which are a regular at any Australian Christmas Feast.
Dr Julie Rani Vecera is a Chinese Medical Practitioner, Nutritional Advisor and Acupuncturist. She is available for private consultations in various locations in Melbourne or via Skype. For more information please contact bumpcarlton.com.au or bumplusnutrition.com