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Infertility, Female
While there are many causes of infertility, maintaining normal body weight is extremely important if you are trying to conceive. Studies indicate that lack of ovulation can occur in women who are obese or who are extremely thin. If you are trying to get pregnant you should make every effort to eat a balanced diet, and try to consume foods that contain folate, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, zinc, iron, vitamin B12, and beta-carotene. Although you may be consuming foods that are high in folate, it is still important to consult with your physician to make sure that you are receiving adequate amounts of this important B vitamin. All women of childbearing age should be receiving 400 micrograms of folate a day to prevent the development of neural tube defects. Flaxseed oil may also be helpful for infertility problems.

Mega-Recipes
We believe that it's possible to manage and/or improve certain conditions through what you eat. When we create "Mega-Recipes" for an ailment, we strive to include the maximum number of the nutrients that are shown to have benefit for that ailment. We also expect the Mega-Recipe to contain at least 25% of recommended intakes for those nutrients. See the list of recipes that have met our criteria for this ailment.

What You Should Eat & Why

flaxseed oil
Flaxseed oil may improve uterine function and in so doing treat fertility problems.
Leading Food Sources of flaxseed oil: Oil, flaxseed

folic acid
Consuming adequate folate is important for a healthy reproductive system. Folate is also essential for fetal development because it ensures normal cell replication and contributes to the formation of DNA and RNA.
Leading Food Sources of folic acid: Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Spinach, Avocados, Peas, fresh, Lentils, Chick-peas, Beans, dried, Soybeans, Oranges, Turkey, Brussels sprouts, Bok choy, Cabbage, Savoy

iron
Adequate intake of iron is also beneficial as some studies indicate that conception is prevented in women with depleted iron stores.
Leading Food Sources of iron: Apricots, Clams, Tofu, Chick-peas, Lamb, Beef, Amaranth, Prunes, Turkey, Shrimp, Pumpkin seeds, Beans, dried, Crab, Oysters, Quinoa

vitamin B12
Foods high in vitamin B12 should be an important part of your daily diet, because pernicious anemia, which is associated with vitamin B12 deficiency, is linked to infertility.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin B12: Beef, Lamb, Trout, Yogurt, Crab, Oysters, Clams, Tuna

vitamin C
A powerful antioxidant, vitamin C helps to maintain the health of your cells, it also assists in the absorption of iron from foods, and it builds and enhances your immune system.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin C: Cabbage, red, Strawberries, Potatoes, Tangerines & other mandarins, Peppers, bell, red, Kiwi fruit, Oranges

vitamin E
Vitamin E works synergistically with selenium in protecting cell's against oxidative damage. Some researchers believe that women who have trouble conceiving may be deficient in vitamin E.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin E: Broccoli, Avocados, Sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, Peanuts, Mangoes, Almonds

zinc
Some studies have indicated that zinc deficiency may interfere with ovulation.
Leading Food Sources of zinc: Barley, Chicken, Crab, Oysters, Lamb, Beef, Wheat, Turkey

Date Published: 05/03/2005
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