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Nutritious Diet May Help Boost Fertility

Joel Cordle examines some of the foods that may help boost the fertility of men and women.

Many men and women today are battling with the discouragement caused by their unsuccessful attempts to conceive a child, and many buy follistim or turn to costly medical treatments and procedures that do not always work. But if you are one of the many men and women that are trying to have a baby and have not succeeded, you are probably aware of the costs that medical help can rack up. There are, however, several dietary changes that you can make that have the potential to boost your fertility. Both men and women can take a few steps toward reaching their goals of conception by adding a few healthier, body-boosting foods to their diet.

Fertility-Boosting Foods for Women

It has been shown, Blades (2000)[2], that one of the most common dietary problems that can hinder a woman's ability to conceive a child is an improper or unhealthy weight. Underweight women, as well as women who are overweight, have significant difficulty getting pregnant. But if you feel that are healthy to have a child and have still not attained the joy and satisfaction of having a baby, then perhaps your diet is depriving your body of the nutrients and vitamins that it needs to conceive. The basic answer is to eat the healthy food that medicine, science, and even your mothers have been telling you to eat for years because they do make your body healthier and more fertile.

A lot of the foods that can keep you from reaching optimum fertility are the salts, sugars, and animal proteins that are so often eaten in excess. By choosing to reduce the amount of red meat that you eat and replacing it with more meats such as chicken and fish, you can significantly increase your fertility while strengthening your body. Some other foods that can help to boost your fertility are foods that are high in fibre, such as beans, lentils, and whole grains, along with fibre-rich vegetables such as asparagus. Also, fresh fruits that are high in vitamin and nutrient content can significantly contribute to the healthy fertility of your body - Gurevich (2013)[1].

Fertility-Boosting Foods for men

Similar to the dietary changes that women can make to boost their fertility are the foods that can help to increase male fertility. Many of these healthy foods have the potential to increase a man's sperm count and promote healthier stronger sperm. For instance, fruits that are full of vitamin C, such as oranges, grapefruits, and tomatoes, can help to strengthen sperm and improve their mobility. Vegetables and fresh fruits that are full of fibre and antioxidants can help to make a man's body function at closer-to-optimum levels.

There are plenty of foods that have long been credited with the capacity to increase sex drive, but foods like these, such as oysters, can be difficult to obtain or even unappealing. But many commonplace foods with essential fatty acids such as fish and pumpkin seeds can increase a man's sperm count. Vitamin-rich fruits, such as bananas, can give men the potassium, magnesium, protein, and vitamins that are good for them, and that will boost their fertility. Also, asparagus, which can boost the fertility of females as well, not only can boost your sperm count and antioxidant levels but can boost your testosterone levels, thereby increasing your sex drive and sexual capacity. Other foods that can boost male fertility include eggs, pomegranates, fish, and sweet potatoes.


  1. GUREVICH, R. (2013) Are There Specific Diets that Help with Fertility? [WWW] Available from: [Accessed 25/01/2014]
  2. BLADES, M. (2000) Diet and fertility, Nutrition & Food Science, 30 (3), pp.109 - 111

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About the Author

Joel Cordle is a health and lifestyle enthusiast as well as the author for, and he is passionate about writing blogs on various topics like fitness.