Fertility, Food, and a Mind-Blowing Factoid


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Follow Me on Pinterest There is a powerful statement about fertility that may blow your mind: All of your mother’s eggs were formed in her body in your grandmother’s womb.

We women are born with all of the eggs we will ever have and the egg quality we are born with varies from person to person. As time marches on for each of us, our egg quality diminishes. Egg quality drops precipitously at 35 and at 40. Some of us fight against that quality to create a family; some of us will pass on that struggle to our children.

Follow Me on Pinterest Scientists discover new factors everyday that help us improve egg quality, sperm quality, and all of the other factors that keep us from having as big of a family as we may choose. Everyday, scientists vindicate a healthy diet in general and, specifically, fertility superfoods as keys to overcome some of the fertility barriers we may have inherited from our own grandmothers.

As brief examples, there is promising research on these foods as fertility-boosters:

Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Antioxidants

Finding: Infertile women are more likely to have lower levels of beneficial Omega 3 fats and antioxidants.

Citation: Savita S Mehendale, Anitha S Kilari Bams, Chaya S Deshmukh, Bharati S Dhorepatil, Vandana N Nimbargi, Sadhana R Joshi. Oxidative stress-mediated essential polyunsaturated fatty acid alterations in female infertility. Hum Fertil (Camb). 2009 12(1):28-33.

Folate, Zinc, and Antioxidants May Prevent Fertility Problems

Finding: In a review of scientific studies, the authors find an important role for folate, zinc, and antioxidants in male and female fertility.

Citation: I M W Ebisch, C M G Thomas, W H M Peters, D D M Braat, R P M Steegers-Theunissen. The importance of folate, zinc and antioxidants in the pathogenesis and prevention of subfertility. Hum Reprod Update. 2007 Mar-Apr;13(2):163-74. Epub 2006 Nov 11.

Reducing Oxidative Stress Improves Pregnancy Outcomes

Finding: In a review of scientific studies, the authors find an important role for folate, zinc, and antioxidants in male and female fertility.

Citation: S Estany, J R Palacio, R Barnadas, M Sabes, A Iborra, P Martínez. Antioxidant activity of N-acetylcysteine, flavonoids and alpha-tocopherol on endometrial cells in culture. Anticancer Res. 1998 Nov-Dec;18(6A):4083-90.

Reducing Oxidative Stress Improves Pregnancy Outcomes

Finding: In a review of scientific studies, the authors find an important role for folate, zinc, and antioxidants in male and female fertility.

Citation: Juan J Tarín, Sonia Pérez-Albalá, Antonio Cano. Oral antioxidants counteract the negative effects of female aging on oocyte quantity and quality in the mouse. Mol Reprod Dev. 2002 Mar;61(3):385-97.

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