I hate to be the bearer of bad news but… flu season in upon us. Which means now is the time to build up your immune system and the best way to do so is ensuring you are stocking up on antioxidants.
You can find antioxidant formulas in supplement forms but your best bet is to include food-derived antioxidants since whole foods also contain fiber and the nutrients are easier to absorb by the body this way.
The most known antioxidant is probably vitamin C but they also include selenium, vitamin E and zinc among many other. So if you aren’t sure which foods are the best sources, just think anything citrus or berries but it isn’t limited to fruits. Dark green vegetables like broccoli, brussel sprouts and spinach are also a great source as are deep coloured veggies like carrots, beets and red bell peppers.
Now, some of you may already know this, but what you may not know is that these mighty little fighters also have great benefits when it comes to fertility support. So if you and your partner are on the journey to parenthood, make sure you include them in your daily diet.
For males, antioxidants are a crucial part of their sperm’s health. Not only does sperm benefit from the power of antioxidants in regards to DNA protection, but it can turn sperm into “super” sperm. *I’m only half joking* Vitamin C is known to protect the quality of sperm while vitamin E can increase the sperm count and motility.
For women, antioxidants can improve hormone levels and increase fertility. It has been shown that vitamin C can increase the levels of progesterone which is necessary to create a supportive environment for the egg in the uterus. This increase in progesterone can also benefit women with luteal phase defect and increase their chances of conception.
If your want to include more antioxidants to your daily menu but need inspiration, keep an eye out for tomorrow’s recipe post which will be featuring a delicious fertility boosting salad. Here’s a teaser to get your mouth watering.