Eating well can have an impact on almost every facet of your life, and your fertility is no exception. Getting pregnant can be difficult even for the healthiest of men and women, and changing your diet to make sure you're eating the most nutritious foods that are full of vitamins and minerals can go a long way toward improving the chances of conceiving. There are a variety of foods you can eat to boost your fertility.
Lentils are one of the best foods you can eat to help you increase fertility. A single cup of lentils provides you with 357 mcg of folic acid, according to the Mother Nature website -- nearly 100 percent of the recommended daily intake of this important nutrient. Folic acid can play a vital role in improving the health of a woman's reproductive cycle and may also increase quality sperm production. Research findings presented at the 2006 annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine reveals that taking a daily vitamin supplement that contains folic acid can significantly decrease the risk of having ovulation problems. With fewer problems affecting egg production, this can increase chances of conception. Evidence published in the March 2002 journal "Human Reproduction" notes that male study participants taking between 722 and 1,150mcg of folic acid can impact sperm quality as well, increasing normal sperm and decreasing abnormal sperm, both of which can help increase chances of pregnancy.
Don’t mind the garlic breath -- eating garlic might help men improve fertility. According to the Ask Baby website, garlic is rich in selenium, a nutrient vital to male fertility. Animal studies, such as the research published in the 2005 journal "Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica," indicates that selenium plays a role in fertility, and evidence in the 2008 "Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology" 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.
Don't overlook honey when it comes to fertility. Long considered a conception aid, there is some scientific evidence that may indicate it can help both you and your partner boost your chances of having a baby. 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 percentage, and evidence published in the May 2008 "International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics: The Official Organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics" reveals that couples having trouble conceiving who underwent vaginal application of bee honey and royal jelly, a substance produced by honey bees, around the time of sexual intercourse can effectively improve fertility. The Ask Baby website notes that eating honey can help stimulate the ovaries, and contains minerals and amino acids that may feed your reproductive system as well as that of your partner. Ayurvedic treatments for infertility utilize honey for both men and women, according to Ayurvedic Talk.
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