When working on starting or growing your family, the festive season can present many temptations they may not be a great health choices when wanting to optimise your fertility. All those amazingly delicious, mouth watering foods and drinks that are dangled in front of you at every family and work event… Mmm! But when most of these items fall on the ‘fertility health naughty list’ it may be worth considering exactly who you are cheating when you decide to have a cheat meal, or 10, over this season… For many it is just not worth touching these foods and undoing all that hard work you’ve been doing to get yourself and your body baby ready. But don’t despair as we have two great recipes that are not only delicious, they will keep you feeling apart of all the celebrations whilst adding a little boost to your family goals.
Did you know that pomegranates boost fertility?
Pomegranates are an excellent source of flavonoids and polyphenols. They also contain vitamin C, vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid), folate along with, vitamin A, vitamin E and fibre. Pomegranates are an interesting fruit as they are the only fruit that contain a special compound known as Punicalagins. Punicalagins have potent immune supporting and anti-cancer properties. This is believed to be due to its ability to improve apoptosis (programmed cell death) and so this would speed up the process of removing cells that are not functioning in the correct way in the body, hence the anti-cancer properties of the glorious pomegranate.
In relation to fertility, Pomegranates are thought to improve and help balance oestrogen and progesterone levels in women. Pomegranates help to stimulate a healthy sex drive as well as containing a good quantity of folate, essential for conception and a healthy baby. They have been found to boost fertility by increasing blood flow to the uterus and promoting uterine lining.
In men, pomegranates boost fertility by improving sperm quality and mobility, as well as erectile dysfunction (Journal of Urology 2005). In research it has also been discovered that pomegranate juice may help improve sexual performance and thus fertility. Research have found that pomegranate juice improves erections in men with erectile dysfunction. It is believed that this may be due, in part, to the effect of pomegranate juice on nitric oxide, a substance that enables smooth muscles in the walls of blood vessels (such as in the penis) to relax, widen and increase blood flow. Now lets get to eating this amazing fertility boosting food for the gods and goddess’.
To prepare your fertility loving pomegranate, follow these three easy steps:
- Cut off the crown, then cut the pomegranate into sections.
- Place the sections in a bowl of water, then roll out the arils (juice sacs) with your fingers. Discard everything else.
- Strain out the water. Then eat the succulent airls whole, seeds and all.
Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
- 1.5- 4 cups of filtered water or coconut water
- 1 – 1 ½ cups pomegranate seeds
- coconut sugar (can add in a dash of beetroot powder to give it a slight red tinge)
- 4 pomegranate seeds
- 4 cups of soda water
- 2 cups of orange juice
- ¼ – ½ cup pomegranate juice
- 4-8 fresh rosemary springs
- Fill an ice cube tray halfway with water or coconut water. Place in freezer for 20 minutes.
- Remove ice cube tray from freezer. Fill ice cube tray all the way full with pomegranate seeds and additional water or coconut water.
- Return ice cube tray to freezer for at least 4 hours or until ice cubes are frozen solid.
- Pour sugar onto a plate and spread evenly into a circle that is larger than the diameter of your glasses.
- Rub a pomegranate seed around the rim of a glass.
- Invert glass into the sugar and twist back and forth. Remove glass.
- Repeat the previous two steps with three more glasses.
- Fill each glass with four pomegranate ice cubes.
- Fill 1/3 glass with orange juice
- Add soda water to each glass, filling almost to the top.
- Add a tablespoon or two pomegranate juice to each glass.
- Garnish each glass with a sprig or two of fresh rosemary.
- Serve and enjoy.
One or two pomegranates will yield 1 – 1 ½ cups of pomegranate seeds.
- 1 pomegranate, deseeded (see below)
- 1 large handful of spinach leaves
- 1 large handful of rocket leaves
- 1 cucumber, chopped
- 2 tbsp pepitas
- 2 tbsp pine nuts
- 1 avocado, chopped
- 1 tbsp caramelised balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- sea salt and pepper, to taste
- Prepare pomegranate by following the above 3 easy steps
- Chop cucumber and avocado.
- Add all salad ingredients into large bowl.
- Mix dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Toss salad ingredients with dressing to your liking, serve and enjoy!
- Spinach – kale, lettuce, silverbeet
- Arugula – kale, lettuce, silverbeet
- Lebanese cucumber – garden or white cucumber, celery
- Pepitas – sunflower seeds
- Pine nuts – macadamia, pecans
- Olive oil – coconut oil, avocado, hemp oil
Servings: 2 (so double, triple or centuple if needed)
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and may all your family dreams comes true in the New Year. See you all in 2019! Learn more about our IVF Support Program or Natural Fertility Support Program here.
Leigh is the founder and primary practitioner at Spring Acupuncture, Fertility and Pregnancy Clinic. She is a passionate and qualified acupuncturist and expert in natural fertility, IVF support, pregnancy and women’s health.
Leigh has worked many years as an Anaesthetic Technician at the Mater Mothers and Adults Hospital here in Brisbane and is currently completing her Masters in Reproductive Medicine through the University of New South Wales. Through combining her vast Western and Eastern medical knowledge, Leigh is able to assist her clients to achieve their fertility and health goals. Leigh strongly believes that through optimizing your health on a physical, physiological and psychological level you will be in the best state possible as you travel along your personal fertility journey.
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