It is a popular saying in this part of the world that "God gives children", a saying that is popularly used whenever the issue of fertility is being discussed. Having a delay in conceiving could be a rather frustrating thing in this part of the world where many parents and well-wishers of many newlyweds often expect themselves to be invited to a christening party nine months after the wedding. When pregnancy is not forthcoming in the first few months, it could cause the trying couples to get panicky and under pressure.
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Many factors are often responsible for the delays many couples do experience in conceiving, and such issues could be that of one of the couples or a combination of factors from the man and his wife. The main issues found in males, many times, often revolve around the health of the sperm, whereas in women, the factors could be as a result of ovulation disorders and the blockage or damage of the fallopian tube. The bottom line is that as a result of those mentioned issues, couples who are trying for a baby would be unable to conceive and diagnosis or treatment may be required.
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However, just as in many other things that diet plays a crucial role in, diet could also have a big say in boosting the chances of couples who are trying to conceive. While there are no specific foods or diets that can magically boost the chances of couples that are trying for a baby, nutritious and well-balanced diets can help to support not only the overall health of the couples alone but also their reproductive health. With that in mind, we would consider six (6) foods that couples who are trying for a baby should eat more of. The foods are found below:
1. Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds kernels are a great source of many fertility-friendly nutrients such as vitamin E, a nutrient that has been known to boost sperm count and mobility in many people. They also contain selenium and folate, two important nutrients which also help boost fertility in both males and females.
2. Full-fat Dairy
Full-fat dairies are quite rich in saturated fatty acids, which are essential for fertility, as well as fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E, K, and K2. Their presence in a woman's diet can help reduce ovulation problems and great examples of such full-fat dairies include whole milk, ice cream, cream cheese, etc.
3. Beef Liver
The liver of red meats, especially that of cow is highly nutritious. It contains a high level of vitamin A, as well as moderate amounts of vitamin B12, choline, folate and omega-3 fatty acids. It is also a great source of highly absorbable iron which prevents miscarriage and maternal anaemia, while its vitamin B12 component helps in the formation of red blood cells and DNA.
4. Egg Yolks
Egg yolks are an excellent source of iron, calcium, zinc, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin A, and vitamin B12. They are also extremely rich in fertility-boosting omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA and fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K2. They also contain lean protein which is essential for boosting fertility in both men and women.
Pineapple is a great source of vitamin C, a vitamin whose deficiency has been linked to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). It also contains a natural enzyme known as bromelain which has both anti-inflammatory and anticoagulation properties. Its anti-inflammatory effect is especially beneficial in that it can help to prevent inflammation which can suppress ovulation in women.
Legumes such as beans and lentils are high in fibre, protein, and folate. Their fibre and folate composition helps to maintain a healthy hormonal balance, with lentils especially having high levels of the polyamine spermidine, which may boost sperm's ability to fertilize the egg. The high protein content of beans and lentils can also help to promote healthier ovulation in women.
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