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Oova 101: How Your Diet Can Affect Fertility

12.15.2021 / Isabella Brown
Oova 101: How Your Diet Can Affect Fertility

Nutrition can make a meaningful impact on your fertility.

From helping improve hormone imbalances to boosting fertility, your diet can impact your fertility. So, what foods should you try adding to your diet, and which ones should you consider avoiding?

Nutrition and Fertility   Foods That Boost Fertility   Foods to Avoid

How does nutrition impact fertility?

According to Tamsin Jordan, a registered dietician specializing in fertility, it is estimated that 20%-30% of infertility cases could benefit from better dietary choices. Conditions such as PCOS, prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, celiac disease, and hypothalamic amenorrhea can be managed or improved through healthy eating choices. 

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What foods should I eat to boost my fertility?

There are specific foods that are known to boost fertility:

  • Green leafy vegetables: These contain folic acid, or Vitamin B9, known to boost fertility and reduce the risk of neural tube defects (NTD) in fetuses.
  • Fish: The anti-inflammatory effects of omega 3 fatty acids found in fish have shown to improve egg quality, maturation, and embryo implantation.
  • Dairy: Full fat dairy has been shown to decrease the risk of infertility linked to a lack of ovulation.


What foods should I avoid if I want to boost my fertility?

According to Dara Godfrey, a registered dietitian at RMA of New York, “Limiting or avoiding processed foods coming from refined breads, cookies, cakes, rice, pasta, fried foods, candy, juices and sodas is a great first step to ‘naturally’ detox. Instead, choose whole foods coming from whole fruits and vegetables, good quality protein sources from eggs, nuts/seeds, grass fed beef, wild fish, pasture raised/organic poultry, beans and legumes are a great addition to one’s diet.”

This kind of diet will allow you to both boost your fertility and improve your overall health. 

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