If you and your partner are trying to conceive a child, there are foods you can both eat to enhance reproductive health and make it easier for conception to occur. Whole, natural foods that have not been altered by any chemical processes are the most beneficial foods to enhance reproductive health. However, it is not wise to eat the same whole foods every day. Eat different whole foods each day to receive all of the vital nutrients that are needed for a healthy conception.
According to Cynthia Staad, a holistic health counselor practicing in New York, green leafy vegetables are reproductive health super foods. Staad states that green leafy vegetables are nature's multivitamins that are filled with everything the body needs to sustain a healthy reproductive system, including high calcium, Vitamin D and magnesium contents. Dr. Maoshing Ni agrees. He states that spinach is an especially potent reproductive food that has a large amount of vital minerals including iron. Dr. Ni also recommends ginger root because it increases circulation and stimulates energy flow throughout the body and garlic because it opens up blood vessels, accelerates blood flow and stimulates the nervous system.
Staad suggests eating a green leafy vegetable every day if possible, including spinach as well as dandelion greens, Swiss chard, mustard greens, collard greens, beet greens, green chard and kale. Staad also recommends squash, sweet potatoes, turnips and beans. Dr. Ni recommends black beans because they are loaded with hormones, including the hormone estrogen.
According to Dr. Ni, orange peels contain a compound called PMF that stimulates the central nervous system, reduces cholesterol and increases circulation, all factors that contribute to a healthy reproductive system. He recommends drying orange peels and making a tea out of them and also adding them to cooked meat dishes.
Ayurvedic, or traditional Indian medicine expert Vaidya Mishra agrees that fruits can improve reproductive health. He suggests eating fresh, organic fruits such as pears, peaches, plums and mangos and eating dried fruits such as figs, raisins and dates. Mishra also suggests eating stewed apples for breakfast and bananas cooked in ghee, or clarified butter and cardamom and cinnamon for dessert.
Mishra also recommends cooking with cumin, black cumin, turmeric and ajwain powder, and including dairy products such as milk to your diet to increase reproductive health.