Ovulation is important for fertility and the regularity of menstrual cycles. Read on to learn 10 best foods that can help promote ovulation, enhance fertility, and balance cycles.
Ovulation is a major event in a woman’s menstrual cycle.
Whether you ovulation or not determines if you have the possibility of becoming pregnant.
It also determines when you’re going to menstruate, and if your menstrual cycle is going to be regular or not.
So whether you’re trying to conceive, want to regulate your menstrual cycles, or balance your hormones and prevent those unpleasant PMS symptoms, you want to create a fertile lifestyle – one that ensures you ovulate regularly, ideally every cycle during your reproductive years.
As always, this lifestyle involves healthy nutrition, regular exercise, sufficient sleep and rest, and a positive mindset.
10 Best Fertility Foods
In this post, I’m going to share with you the 10 Best Fertility Foods that can help promote ovulation and enhance your fertility potential, naturally:
Beans, especially black beans, are rich in phytoestrogen.
The best time to eat it is starting from the day you finish your period (say day 5) to day 11 for about 6 days. This is the period when estrogen rises to support the development and maturation of healthy eggs.
2. Whole Grains
Whole grains, especially oats, are rich in vitamins B and E.
These vitamins are essential for cellular reproduction, production of healthy eggs and sperm, and hormone balance.
3. Green Leafy Vegetables, Lentils and Peas
Green leafy vegetables, lentils and peas contain large amounts of folate.
Folate is a nutrient that has been known to help the body make and maintain new cells.
It also helps egg quality, therefore raising your chances of getting pregnant, staying pregnant, and preventing neural tube defects in fetus.
4. Fatty Fish
Fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel and sardines have omega 3 and omega 6.
These essential fatty acids help to regulate reproductive health, improve blood flow and enhance the quality of eggs and sperm.
For those who don’t like fish, flaxseed oil is a great alternative.
Eggs contain essential fatty acids and amino acids that are important for reproductive function.
They are valuable sources of protein, essential vitamins and minerals, all of which can make a significant contribution to a healthy reproductive system.
Think about it: Eggs have the potential to make new lives. Eating eggs will help you increase your fertility potential, both physically and energetically!
Known as a libido-enhancing food, oysters are also a super fertility food.
Oysters have a huge amount of zinc in them, a substance that is believed to help with both healthy sperm and egg.
Some studies suggest that zinc can help men increase semen and testosterone production, while in women it can increase ovulation and fertility with the consumption of just 15 mg a day.
So eat some oysters in the middle of your cycle to promote ovulation. If you don’t like oysters, look for zinc in baked beans, eggs, nuts, pumpkin seeds. Take zinc supplement or a high quality prenatal vitamins.
Garlic is rich in selenium. It may help both men and women improve fertility.
Animal studies, such as the research published in the 2005 journal “Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica,” indicates that selenium plays a role in fertility.
Evidence in the 2008 “Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology” also notes that selenium helps all mammals in the process of sperm cell creation, although more human studies are needed to determine the true effect of selenium on fertility.
The Ask Baby website reports that eating garlic may also provide benefits for women’s fertility, noting that it may prevent chromosome problems that can result in early miscarriage.
If you’re concerned about the garlic breath, consider taking an odorless garlic supplement.
Honey has long been considered a conception aid.
An animal study published in the April 2010 “Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition” notes that taking bee pollen, the raw ingredient for honey, significantly increased semen quality and fertility percentages.
The Ask Baby website notes that eating honey can help stimulate the ovaries and improve fertility.
And in Ayurveda, one of the world’s oldest forms of traditional medicine, honey is often used to treat infertility for both men and women.
9. Royal Jelly
Royal jelly is a rich source of proteins, amino acids, high levels of vitamins D and E, and a good source of iron and calcium.
It is a super food that promotes fertility.
According to the Baby World website, royal jelly is a hormone balancer and may help in treating infertility, menopause and impotence.
Note that royal jelly is the only food eaten by the queen bee to promote her procreation, her size and longevity.
Maca is a powerful fertility food native to the Andes Mountains of Peru. It’s a rich source of minerals, vitamins and amino acids which benefit prenatal nutrition.
According to the Health Discovery website, an in depth analysis done by Dr. Yi Zheng, et al, at Pure World Botanicals in 1998, revealed that it contains two compounds, macamides and macaenes, that can help improve sexual powers.
Other characteristics of Maca Root include keeping the hormones balanced and progesterone levels high, which is important during the first three months of a woman’s pregnancy.
Should You Take Prenatal Vitamins?
If you suspect that you’re not getting all the essential nutrients from the foods you eat, consider taking a high quality prenatal vitamin.
So what do you think of the list? Which foods are already in your regular diet and which foods are you thinking of adding to your shopping list this week? Do you need to take a prenatal vitamin to supplement your diet?
I spent a lot of time doing research to compile this list, so I would really love to hear your thoughts about it, including any other foods that you think should be added to the list.
May you be fertile and happy!