Using Seeds to Increase Fertility Health


Trying to have a baby? Doctors recommend eating seeds!

As part of a fertility friendly diet, women hoping to become pregnant may actually strengthen their fertility health by eating raw seeds.  Seeds contain important nutrients that help get your body ready to conceive and create a safe place for the egg to grow and call home for the next 9 months! 

Three of these stellar fertility friendly nutrients found in seeds are omega-3, zinc and vitamin E.  Different seeds are rich in different nutrients, so if you are grabbing a quick handful on your way out the door, here is a list of which ones may pack the greatest punch for you!

Omega-3

Helps to regulate hormone levels, increase blood flow to the reproductive organs, regulate inflammation and increase cervical mucous.

Best choices: Chia seeds, hemp seeds, walnuts and flax seeds

Zinc

Helps to balance hormone levels, encourages healthy development of eggs and sperm and has been found to prevent multiple miscarriages.

Best choices: Pumpkin and sesame

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an antioxidant, so it is super helpful in keeping nerve cells, the liver, blood cells and the immune system healthy.

Best choices: Sunflower seeds and almonds

It seems as if seeds have been recommended as part of a healthy TTC diet for many, many years! The gypsies for one have always touted the power of pumpkin seeds. They have intentionally included them in their diet to help their overall gynecological health.

Others who believed in the power of seeds were the women of ancient Babylonia. The ate sesame seed mixtures because they believed that it increased fertility. And with the word “baby” at the beginning of their name, there must be something to it!

So, try grabbing a handful of seeds a few times a day and maybe you will see those double lines light up on your pregnancy test!

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