11 Foods to Improve Fertility

We take a look at eleven foods used throughout history to get you in the mood for love.

11 Foods to Improve Fertility

Almonds - Nuts, seeds and pulses contain plant chemicals called phytosterols, which are known to promote testosterone production. Nuts also contain magnesium, which balances levels of hormone prolactin, which can compete with testosterone. Almonds are regarded as the most nutrient-containing nut high in important reproductive system nutrients including zinc and L-arginine. Sunflowers also regarded as the most nutrient-containing seed.

Asparagus - You're not alone if long, firm, tender stalks evoke erotic images. Nineteenth-century bridegrooms were served three courses of asparagus due to its supposed lover-giving powers.

Caviar - Is reputed to have been the virility booster for both Casanova and Rasputin. You too can be a ‘Sexual Adonis'.

Champagne - known for centuries as the drink of love, moderate quantities of champagne can lower inhibitions and cause a warm, glowing feeling. Just check out the famous lover Casanova - he used champagne to conquer his many lovers.

Chocolate - ‘Aztec viagra' a renowned aphrodisiac, it may be because of the feel-good chemicals it releases. Chocolate / pure cacao is high in the mood-enhancing amino acid DL-phenylalanine, Phenylethylamine (PEA) which improves opiate (eg Dopamine) responses in the brain. Chocolate is both a sedative that relaxes, and a stimulant that increases desire.

Fresh Figs - ancient Greeks celebrated seasonal crops in a frenzied copulation ritual. Many believe the shape of the figs represent womanhood. The legendary Cleopatra's favourite fruit was said to be the fig.

Garlic - in studies garlic was given in drinking water at doses of 100mg per kilogram of body weight per day over a 3-month period. Results showed that there was significant increase in the weight of seminal vesicles, epididymides and the sperm counts were also significantly elevated.

Honey - Sweet, spreadable and smoothing, honey is the ultimate love food. While Egyptians offered it to the god of fertility, other cultures encouraged newlyweds to lick honey off each other's palms, ensuring a sweet life together.

Oranges - age-old customs say lovers who bathe in orange-scented water after the first time they make love will have a long and lust-filled union. Oranges soaked in Grand Marnier liqueur and dipped in chocolate are said to set the loins on fire.

Oysters - were another favourite of Casanova who reputedly ate 50 raw ones every day in the bath, with his lady of the moment. They're high in zinc and mucopolysaccharides - essential for the production of sex hormones - and the repeated changing of the oyster's sex from male to female gives it sexual mystique.

Walnuts - are a good source of copper, and were used by the Romans to increase libido and sexual desire. They were thrown at newlyweds to increase fertility. If you suffer from an under-active thyroid condition excessive ingestion of walnuts may potentially worsen the condition by increasing the clearance of the thyroid hormone, thyroxine, from the body, though they may benefit those with an overactive thyroid condition.
Fertility-Boosting Smoothie

This drink is highly nutritious, packed with protein and makes a delicious, refreshing liquid snack that may help improve fertility.

Simply blend & serve:

1 teaspoon honey (1 teaspoon = approximately 5 grams)
1 teaspoon lecithin powder
1 teaspoon LSA powder (blend of linseed (flaxseed), sunflower seed, & almond nuts in a finely ground powder)
1 teaspoon wheat germ (powder or oil)
1 teaspoon yogurt (acidophilus cultured)
1 raw egg (medium size - organic) (note: only a maximum of 3 per week)
½ medium-sized banana (1/2 a cup of strawberries or mango pieces can also be used together or alternately to vary flavour)
250ml low-fat milk, soy milk, nut milk or rice milk (preferred)

Add 1 tablespoon of low-fat ice cream, sorbet or preferably gelato.
Carob powder is also highly nutritious and can add additional flavour and texture to the mixture.

Baby-Making Juice

Juice therapy is a method of detoxifying and cleansing the body of unwanted chemicals, wastes and toxins and supplying beneficial nutrients needed to fight disease. Fresh juices provide unusually high quantities and concentrations of food's life force.

Here is a recipe that may be beneficial for baby-making:

2 carrot sticks (average size)
2 celery sticks (average size)
¼ raw beetroot (average size)
¼ apple (preferably peeled Red Delicious variety)

Add small amounts of broccoli, brussels sprouts, silver beet, kale, cabbage, wheat grass, barley grass, ginger, cranberries, or a pinch of parsley.

Blend together in a vegetable juicing machine and dilute the remaining juice with 50% water (half and half) to make approximately 250ml of juice that can be served daily. Do not store for long periods of time as the vital enzymes can be lost via oxidation. It is best to make and drink as you go!

These are some other fresh juice combinations that may be beneficial for various reproductive health issues:

Menstrual problems: beet, beet greens, swiss chard and water cress.
Impotence problems: alfalfa sprouts, kale, lamb's quarters and wheatgrass. 
Prostate problems: asparagus, parsley, cherry, pear, strawberry and watermelon.
Pregnancy: alfalfa sprouts, bean sprouts, beet, beet greens, carrot, kale, lamb's quarters, parsnip, swiss chard, grapefruit, peach and watermelon.

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