Top 10 foods to help couples conceive...

Avocados

Avocados are full of minerals, vitamins, essential fats, protein, carbohydrate and fibre.

They are a great source of vitamin E, which researchers have shown can be beneficial to improving the lining of the uterus and helping with embryo implantation.

Butternut Squash

Squashes are rich in beta-carotene, which helps with the production of the hormone progesterone, and a study has shown it can improve sperm quality and count.

Beetroot

Beetroots are rich in nitrates and is a fantastic source of the antioxidant resveratrol, known for combatting age-related infertility.

Salmon

Salmon is excellent for the cardiovascular system, improving brain function and maintaining eye health.

It is a source of protein, rich in many nutrients but especially anti-inflammatory omega 3, which helps counter female infertility.

Pomegranates

Pomegranates were seen as a symbol of fertility in ancient Persia, and current research shows drinking pomegranate juice during pregnancy may prevent brain damage in babies.

Pomegranates are rich in vitamins C and K, folic acid and other minerals.

Eggs

Eggs are a source of protein, essential fats and choline.

Studies have shown choline can benefit foetal development, and can even having a lasting effect on the baby as it grows.

Walnuts

Walnuts are packed with cancer fighting properties, and have helped combat the risk of getting breast and prostate cancers.

Walnuts are particularly beneficial for healthy and fast sperm.

Quinoa

Superfood quinoa is gluten-free and highly nutritious, making it a great alternative to starchy grains like cous cous and bulgar wheat.

Quinoa is a versatile source of protein, which is required when trying to conceive and during pregnancy.

Watercress

Watercress contains vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, beta-carotene, iron and iodine and studies have shown it has anti-cancer properties and help repair DNA damage.

Asparagus

Asparagus is high in vitamin C and folic acid, which is well-documented in research for improving both male and female fertility.

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