Foods That Can Help You Get Pregnant Over 40I frequently write about the connection between diet and fertility.
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Here is another article which addresses fertile foods. Foods for men and women are mentioned. Read more:
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These foods were featured in a special Fertility Buffet, laid on by Dr. Margaret Rayman, director of the MSc Course in Nutritional Medicine at the University of Surrey, on July 3, 2003.
A good, balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables (at least five portions a day) and protein sources such as meat, poultry, and fish, is necessary to optimize fertility. Meat is a good source of animal protein and important minerals such as iron and zinc, the latter being especially important for fertility.
"Oysters are by far the best source of zinc, but they are not included in this meal, as they are out of season," Rayman explained. "Fatty fish is a very good source of n-3 fatty acids, which are important in the development of the fetus' brain and vision."
For the best chance of conceiving, alcohol and smoking should be avoided. This applies to both men and women, as there is evidence that sperm damage through smoking can predispose to cancer in the offspring, nutritionists say.
All the dishes on the buffet were carefully selected by Vicky Chudleigh, State Registered Dietitian from Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. "The sunflower, pumpkin, and sesame seed bread contains vitamin E, which is claimed to be an aphrodisiac because of its effects on boosting circulation. It is also an antioxidant and needed for fertility," Vicky explained. "Brazil nuts and mini crab cakes are both excellent sources of selenium and required for sperm motility. Without adequate selenium, sperm tails kink and break off. Selenium also minimizes the risk of miscarriages."
Roasted red peppers, tomatoes, pesto (containing basil), and of course, chocolate mousse, were all selected for their reputed aphrodisiac qualities. Spinach, together with other dark green leafy vegetables, provide the folate required to reduce the risk of neural tube defect in the developing baby. The cheese platter not only contains calcium and zinc, but also vitamin A, which aids the production of sex hormones. They are all needed for healthy reproduction and libido.