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10 Fruits and Vegetables That Help Promote Fertility

Folate is an essential nutrient which helps promote fertility in both men and women and is a very important nutrient in pregnancy to promote healthy cells and prevent birth defects. These ten fruits and veggies are rich in this nutrient.

Every year in the United States, about 7 million women ages 15-44 are dealing with infertility, this according to the national Survey of Family Growth, CDC.

Both men and women are affected by infertility. About 85% to 90% of cases can be treated with regular medical treatments such as medication or surgery, while in some cases, assisted reproduction procedures such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) are used.

Hardly do we realize that our diet can even affect our ability to conceive. Folic acid or folate, also known as vitamin B9 and folacin is an important nutrient for fertility in both men and women. It contributes to spermatogenesis in men and oocyte maturation, implantation and placentation in women. Moreover, adequate folate intake during pregnancy is essential for normal tissue growth and helps protect against a number of congenital malformation including neural tube defects.

If you’re pregnant or planning to get pregnant, be sure to include these folate-rich fruits and veggies in your diet.

Papaya

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Aside from being an excellent source of vitamin C, papaya is also a very good source of folate (115 mcg per cup) and the high blood pressure-slashing potassium. It is also a good source of fiber, a nutrient which has shown to lower high cholesterol levels, and rich in vitamins A, E and K, an essential vitamin needed by the body to aid in blood clotting and increase bone strength.

Avocado

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One cup of avocado supplies about 90 mcg of folate. It is a good source of vitamin K, fiber, potassium, vitamin B6 and copper. Eating avocado either straight or adding a few slices in your tossed salad will significantly increase your body’s ability to absorb its health promoting carotenoids, including alpha and beta-carotene and lutein.

Strawberries, Cantaloupe and Oranges

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A cup of strawberries contains about 90 mcg of folate; the cantaloupe about 27 mcg and oranges about 39 mcg. Each fruit can also the supply the body with more than 100% of the daily needed value of vitamin C. Strawberries are also excellent sources of manganese and cantaloupes are one of the highest natural sources of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, a carotenoid which has shown to be beneficial for healthy eyes and lungs.

Asparagus and Spinach

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Among fruits and veggies, asparagus and spinach are two of the highest sources of folate as one cup of each contains  262 mcg. Both leafy greens are also excellent sources of vitamins A, C and K. Plus, spinach is also loaded with more than 20 other vitamins and minerals including the B vitamins and other important nutrients for pregnancy such as iron, calcium and zinc.

Beets

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One cup of boiled, sliced beets contains 136 mcg of folate. It is a very good source of potassium and manganese, a mineral which ensures healthy bone structure, bone metabolism, and aids in building essential enzymes for building bones. Manganese is also actively involved in forming connective tissues, calcium absorption and in regulating blood sugar levels. Beets are also rich in vitamin C, fiber magnesium and iron.

Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts

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Broccoli and Brussels sprouts are two of the most nutritious vegetables as both boast a long list of some of the most important vitamins and minerals that our body need to remain healthy and strong. One cup of each cooked brassiccas  are excellent sources of vitamins A, C and K and very good sources of folate, about 93 mcg each. They are also rich in B vitamins as well as calcium, iron and zinc.

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  1. Good information…

  2. Very informative and helpful article

  3. Very true. Folate is a much needed nutrient for women. Interesting to note that papaya is included because of its nutrients, which I believe to be true. I’ve heard that it decreases libido, though.
    Nice article.

  4. Very informative, well-written article. Nice pics too :)

  5. interesting

  6. i thought papaya is a coolant…thanks for this informative post my friend

  7. I know what you mean Athena. But that’s only among Pinoys or Asians.

    “Papaya is oestrogenic (it has compounds that act as the female hormone oestrogen). It is used in folk medicine to promote milk production, facilitate childbirth and increase the female libido.”

    “In Guatemala, men are said to eat papayas as an aphrodisiac.”

  8. I can’t include the website sources because my response wont get through. I guess Triond doesn’t allow it anymore.

    Yes, I know what you mean Athena and Nobert. =)

  9. Great article. Nature has it all and so we have to take care of it in order to have it take care of us. I like all the vegies listed.Thanks!

  10. Good info!

  11. Great info! Great article!!!

  12. A great article! Thanks for the share!

  13. Thanks. I learn something from this informative article

  14. Most of us don’t realize the benefits of normal fruits and vegetables that we use and you have presented this article in a very beautiful manner, so that everyone eats them more knowing it’s benefits even more.Thanks for sharing such a useful article.

  15. Wow there was some interesting facts that I was not aware of.

  16. Well researched and well written – I learned a lot,thank you!!

  17. wow, papaya was at the top of the list. That is one fruit I’ve always heard to stay away from when you’re pregnant as it could cause a miscarriage.

  18. Wow, it’s great that all these are my favorites… hehehe…

  19. Great article! Papaya can also be used to kick start menstruation when women have not been having their regular cycle.

  20. Hey! Am confused now. The article I read indicated that Papaya is not good for pregnancy, it can cause miscariage. But here it is at the top. Which is which?

  21. this is a good article, educative and informative.

    i will like to get the fruits english name rather than the botanical names.

    thnks

  22. Papaya has been used for centuries as a natural form of birth control. Google it! It’s all over the place- infertility and papaya. Mostly the seeds and green, unripe fruit. Men and women. Studies preformed proven it’s true.

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