Top 7 Foods & Herbs for Fertility

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fertility foodWith our focus on fertility, we have selected a list of the most beneficial herbs and nutrients for women who might be experiencing fertility issues.

Of course, just because it’s natural doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe. So always check with your healthcare provider before taking any nutritional or herbal supplement.

The 7 Top Fertility Herbs for Women

Vitex or Chasteberry

Reason May be used to help restore the balance of female sex hormones and regulate the menstrual cycle.

Sources Available from a naturopath as tea, tincture or tablets.

Oatstraw

Reason This herb is generally nutritive and particularly rich in both calcium and magnesium. It may help with mild anxiety, restlessness and inflammatory skin conditions.

Sources Available from a naturopath as a tea or tincture.

Bitter melon

Reason Helps maintain good fasting blood glucose levels by improving insulin production from the pancreas. Good blood sugar control is important for weight management, a healthy conception and to avoid gestational diabetes during pregnancy.

Sources Available as a whole food from Prahran Market or from a naturopath in a tincture or tablet form.

Raspberry leaf

Reason Raspberry leaf is and extremely nutrient rich herb – high in carotenoids, citric acid, tannins,vitamin A, B complex, C and E, iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and silica.Traditionally used to help tone the uterus, some studies now also indicate that red raspberry leaf used during pregnancy can reduce complications.

Sources Available from a naturopath as tea, tincture or tablets.

Dandelion leaf

Reason The bitter tasting Dandelion leaf has a long recorded history for use as a gentle liver detoxifier and may be used for this purpose in Preconception Care. Throughout the pregnancy Dandelion leaf may be used for reducing oedema – the swelling caused from fluid retention.

Sources Available from a naturopath as tea, tincture or tablets. May also be grown organically and used in salad dishes as a whole food.

Chamomile (German)

Reason A gentle herb that helps reduce mild anxiety. Chamomile has been used historically in both Preconception Care and Pregnancy without ill-effect.

Sources Available from a naturopath as tea, tincture or tablets.

Kelp

Reason High in iodine, kelp is especially high in iodine and a good source of vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D and E, plus amino acids. Low iodine levels can result in thyroid imbalance and lead to miscarraige during pregnancy or growth and development issues in the offspring. In Australia wheat flour is now fortified with iodine to help supplement low dietary intake. Sources Available from a naturopath as tincture or tablets. Kelp may also be used in cooking eg. soups, sushi rolls, seaweed salads.

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