Fertility-boosting foods to indulge in this Christmas
Trying to get pregnant over the holiday season? Good news - many Christmas foods are packed with vitamins and minerals that are essential to boosting fertility, and by consuming more of these foods, you’ll be giving yourself a leg up and bringing yourself one step closer to conception. Read on to find out more!
When we think Christmas, we think turkey - but not many folks know that turkey is rich in iron and zinc, two crucial fertility-boosting nutrients.
What do these nutrients do? Zinc helps to regulate oocyte development and egg fertilization, and iron supports ovulation (women who have low levels of anemia may experience issues with ovulation, which makes it difficult for them to get pregnant). So fill up on the turkey this Christmas, and go ahead and indulge in that second serving!
#2: Cranberry sauce
Most women are aware that cranberries help prevent UTIs, but that’s not all that they do. Cranberries are also loaded with antioxidants and phytochemicals, and they enhance your body’s overall immunity by minimising cell damage. This translates into higher levels of fertility, so, again, load up on the cranberry sauce this holiday season!
#3: Brussel sprouts
Brussel sprouts are a notoriously divisive vegetable - while some people love them, others hate them. If you’re a fan of these, you’ll be glad to hear that they contain plenty of folic acid, which increases sperm count (when consumed by men) and reduces the risk of neural birth defects and miscarriage (when consumed by women).
Like brussels sprouts, parsnips contain lots of folic acid (to be specific, a cup’s worth of parsnips contain 90 micrograms of folate). Women who are trying to get pregnant should consume 400 to 800 mcg of folate per day, so that’s almost ¼ of your daily quota taken care of.
Last but not least, beetroot is also high in folate; that aside, it promotes blood flow to the muscles and enhances blood circulation.
If you’re wondering how this helps with fertility, well, you’ll want to ensure that your body is constantly supplying oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood to your uterus and ovaries. This improves uterine health, and increases your chances of getting pregnant.