Fertility Foods for Women

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Learn the smart things to eat to boost your fertility.

    Beth Battaglino Cahill: Hi! I'm Beth Battaglino Cahill. I'm a Registered Nurse and I'm also the Executive Director of Healthy Women. When most of us think of fertility treatment, we imagine sophisticated diagnostic testing, powerful medications and hi-tech procedures. It seems more like for 0:21 to think that choosing certain foods and drinks can influence your ability to become pregnant, but evidence shows your diet does matter. To improve your fertility as well as create the best nutritional foundation for fetal growth and development, keep in mind these simple things.

    First, try switching protein sources. Try replacing some of the beef, pork or chicken you eat with vegetable protein sources, such as veggie burgers or cooked dried beans and nuts. Research has shown that consuming more protein from vegetable sources versus animals can significantly reduce the risk of ovulatory infertility.

    Next, add some high-fat dairy to your diet. Call it the chunky-monkey effect. The more low fat and nonfat dairy products you eat, the greater your risk of ovulatory infertility.

    So here is one excuse to enjoy a high-fat snack as part of an overall nutritious diet and don't forget your vitamins.

    Dr. Pamela M. Peeke: Women in research studies who regularly took their supplements and multiple vitamins, especially those that contain folic acid had less ovulation related infertility.

    Beth Battaglino Cahill: Eat your whole grains. This will help you add much needed B vitamins as well as vitamin E and fiber. Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables. A healthy body needs plenty of fruits and veggies to achieve a variety of vitamins and anti-oxidants, and get some omega-3s. Try salmon, canned white tuna, walnuts or ground flax seeds.

    Omega-3s benefit a baby's brain and nervous system development and reduces the risk of premature birth. Take 400 micrograms of Folic Acid each day.

    Dr. Pamela M. Peeke: This vitamin reduces the risk of spinal cord and brain defects especially in weeks before conception and during the first trimester pregnancy.

    Beth Battaglino Cahill: Also remember to consume Colein. Colein is a nutrient with the potential to reduce harmful gene effects that may result in birth defects. It also is important for brain function among other benefits. Most women do not get enoughColein. Many prenatal vitamins don't even contain it. How can you get Colein? Egg Yolks are rich in Choline. Only Beef Liver contains more. Cauliflower also is a good source of Choline. Watch your herbal teas and supplements. Some herbs including Sassafras, Ginseng, St. John's Wort and Ephedra should be avoided while in fertility treatment or while pregnant. Think carefully about what fish you eat.

    Dr. Pamela M. Peeke: Avoid fish that have high mercury content due to their environment. Which fish are these? Swordfish, Tilefish, King Mackerel and Shark.

    Beth Battaglino Cahill: Stay fluid. When you don't drink enough water, your cervical fluid, the stuff that helps the sperm find that target egg, becomes sluggish. The same goes for a man's ejaculate fluid. Drink enough water so that your urine is a light yellow color.

    Dr. Pamela M. Peeke: Make sure to cut out that caffeine. High caffeine intake actually interferes with conception. You may want to consider eliminating entirely from your diet, if you really want to stay fertile.

    Now that includes caffeinated coffee, tea, as well as soft drinks.

    Beth Battaglino Cahill: Fertility problems maybe due to your partner's diet. So make sure your husband or boyfriend is getting enough vitamin C and D as well as Zinc and folic acid in his diet. Also, smoking and drinking alcohol including beer can damage sperm motility. Improving both partners' nutrition can improve your chances of conceiving and for more information, checkout HealthyWomen.

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