Fertility boosting foods

By admin
20 November 2014

When the decision to try for a baby pops up, you want to make sure you're doing your best to make it happen.

For women, the foods you eat can play a big part in fertility and it's been found that selenium, a natural antioxidant, is a crucial part of the early stages of conception, as it aids the development of ovarian follicles where eggs are produced. This is found in lots of foods, but Brazil nuts have been proven to boast the highest levels.

A study at the University of Adelaide found the exact location of the antioxidant in the ovary and discovered that those women who had the healthiest follicles held the most selenium.

"Selenium is an essential trace element found in protein-rich foods like red meat, seafood and nuts. It is important for many biological functions, such as immune response, thyroid hormone production, and acts as an antioxidant, helping to detoxify damaging chemicals in the body," researcher Melanie Ceko explained.

"We've known for some time that selenium is important to men's fertility, but until now no one has researched how this element could be involved in healthy reproduction in women.

"We suspect they play a critical role as an antioxidant during the late stages of follicle development, helping to lead to a healthy environment for the egg."

It isn't just Brazil nuts and the other foods listed above you should eat; there are plenty of other options. Seeds, whole-wheat bread and mushrooms are just a few choices you can tuck into to boost the amount of selenium in your body.

And there are other ways to help raise the chances of conceiving, such as dropping a dress size. A recent experiment at Harvard School of Public Health found that women of all sizes were more likely to get pregnant quicker if they lost weight.

The female participants who lost 11lbs ended up conceiving a fortnight faster than others and those who were slim to begin with had just as successful results.

It's a far cry from a study in 2011 that outlined how underweight women were less likely to get pregnant than those who were obese. But remember to lose weight with care and always speak to your doctor to work out the best plan for you and how much you should drop, if at all.

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