18th December 2013 | by MFC Team
Eating brussels sprouts may improve fertility for men and women
New research suggests that there may be good reason to eat your brussels sprouts: whether you are a man or a woman, if you are trying to get pregnant, brussels sprouts could help boost your fertility.
You may be surprised to know that more babies are conceived in December than any other month of the year. In fact, 9% of all pregnancies happen over the December holiday season. Researchers have long assumed that increased alcohol intake and the glow of holiday festivities likely account for this trend. However, Neema Savvides, a nutritional therapist in the UK, has a different theory. She believes that increases in the consumption of brussels sprouts during the holiday season could also be a contributing factor in enhancing fertility.
Brussels sprouts are packed with folic acid, which is important in boosting male and female fertility. Folic acid increases sperm levels and helps line a woman’s womb with nutrients that can impact sperm survival. Folic acid also reduces the risk of miscarriage and birth defects. Brussels sprouts also contain di-indolylmethane, which helps women’s boost fertility by ridding the body of excess hormones such as environmental estrogens that are in pesticides, and meat and dairy products. Brussels sprouts also have a positive impact on general health, in lowering cholesterol levels and reducing inflammation.
So, if you’re trying to become pregnant, you may want to increase your consumption of brussels sprouts!
Read more here about fertility and brussels sprouts here.
Read more about improving male fertility by eating leafy greens here.