8 top fertility-boosting foods and herbs

It pays to be extra fussy with one’s diet if you are trying to conceive (aka TTC in netspeak). Remember to always consult your doctor before you start consuming any non-standard “remedies”.

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Chicken/turkey

If you have been experiencing difficulties with your menstrual cycles, you might just be anaemic, a medical condition linked with an iron deficiency. Meats like chicken and turkey are good sources of iron.

          Dr Christopher Chong, SmartParents panel obstetrician, gynecologist, who practices at Gleneagles Hospital says, “For females, anaemia can be especially challenging as it can lead to anovulation – the condition where a woman experiences no ovulation.” Without the production of eggs, there’s certainly no chance of getting preggers!

          Plus as these lean meats are also rich sources of protein, they will keep you fuller for longer without piling on the kilos.

Spinach

Popeye was probably on to something! Spinach is a rich source of a particular type of B vitamin — folate (sometimes as referred to as folic acid) — which enhances both egg and sperm health. A few limited studies have shown encouraging signs that spinach can change sperm quality for the better, said Dr Chong.

          Folate is also a major factor in prevention and treatment of anaemia, it works to improve blood circulation. It also helps that a good serving of stir-fried spinach is readily available at a economic rice stall near you!

A combination of both Western and TCM methods have been shown in studies to increase pregnancy success rates by 15 to 27 per cent!”

Asparagus

Besides being a rich source of fiber, which can help in improving bowel health, asparagus is also considered an aphrodisiac — a tradition started by the Greeks — that can help increase sperm count in men and ovulation in women. Regardless of what it actually does, as a veggie, it is also incredibly easy to prepare, you could either eat them raw or simply pop them into the microwave for four minutes on medium setting.

Oysters

All references to oysters as an aphrodisiac are true. Sort of. Oysters contain certain amino acids that can increase sex hormones in the body. Zinc is another important mineral found in oysters that has been found to improve sperm production. However, before you wolf down oysters, Dr Chong cautions that as these shellfish — often consumed raw — are more likely to land you with an infection. Besides, fishy breath isn’t the sexiest of ways to initiate baby-making. 

Backed by some 3,000 years of history, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) opens up another treasure trove of options for the TTC. Click next to find out which herbal gems you may want to try (after you check with your doctor)…