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7 foods to boost fertility in men and women

Planning a pregnancy? Know about foods that can help boost fertility and increase chances of conception.

Written by Nirmalya Dutta |Updated : January 13, 2015 1:18 PM IST

What you eat goes a long way in defining your health, mental agility and fertility. Did you know foods rich in Vitamin C and magnesium boosts testosterone in men and decreases the chances of miscarriage in women? Yes, foods can boost your fertility and rev-up your sex life, especially if you are planning a pregnancy. So wondering what to eat to get started? Here goes the list:

Foods that boost fertility in men

Here are a few foods that can improve fertility in men and boost sperm-health:

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Fresh fruits

Fruits are high in Vitamin C and antioxidants which improve sperm quality and count. It is wise to consume at least two portions of fresh fruits daily, if you are planning a baby. Have fruits like sweet lemon or mousambi, oranges and mangoes which are rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants. Don't miss on pomegranates, studies indicate that pomegranate extracts can improve sperm quality and boost production of testosterone. Moreover, if you are on IVF treatment make it a point to chomp on fruits daily. This is because consumption of fruits reduce oxidative stress, and the antioxidants helps to change the parameters that could lead to decline in sperm count, supplementing the treatment and increasing chances of conception. Here are eight natural ways to improve your sperm count naturally!

Garlic

Garlic has a lot of therapeutic properties and one of them is to recover testicular functions and improve male sexual health. It is also believed to have aphrodisiac properties and improve blood circulation. However, other studies indicate that excessive consumption of garlic can inhibit testicular functions and impair sperm count. So limit yourself to having two to four cloves a day to improve your sexual health, besides boosting your cardiovascular functions. Here are other 10 lesser known things that can affect your fertility.

Fish

Fish contains Essential Fatty Acids which helps improve circulation around the reproductive system and boosts sperm quality in the process. Studies indicate that the sperm count in men who consumed fish increased considerably compared to men who ate meat. In fact men in sub-fertile couples are encouraged to increase their fish intake to improve semen quality and sperm count to up their chances of conception. Here are six reasons to start having fatty fish today!

Foods that boost fertility in women

Here are few foods that help boost fertility in women:

Green Vegetables and dairy products:

Studies indicate that meat, especially chicken or turkey, can be detrimental towards ovulatory fertility in women reducing their chances of getting pregnant. In fact, having one serving of meat increases the chances of infertility by 32 percent in a woman. However, to increase your protein intake turn to vegetable and diary products which have a protective effect on the ovaries. Eat more of leafy green vegetables, paneer, tofu, to improve your protein intake and ovulation thereby increasing your chances of conception. Here are 10 superfoods every pregnant woman should have in her diet.

Nuts

A variety of nuts including almonds and walnuts which are rich in Vitamin E improves female sex drive while protecting the embryos from miscarriages.

Potatoes

It s found that baked potatoes are rich in Vitamin B and E which enhances cell division, increases the likelihood of a healthy ova being produced. Consumption of potatoes also secretes enzymes that help in implantation of fertilized egg and reducing chances of early miscarriage. Here are five reasons you should be watchful of that can lead to spontaneous abortion or miscarriage.

Eggs

Eggs are an extremely small power-packed nutrition source that boosts fertility. It contains Vitamin B12 and folate which minimises birth defects. In addition, it s rich in antioxidants and cartenoids which boost fertility in women. Here are some more benefits of egg that you should know about.

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