Fats for Fertility

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 in Blog, Food, Nutrients

Fats for Fertility


Contrary to what you’ve possibly read, now more than ever you need to be eating fats for fertilty.

Over the last 30 years you’ve probably heard message after message that fat is bad for you. Yet despite the low-fat food industry being worth multi-millions, there’s been no real impact on health with obesity affecting over 60% of adults in some western countries.

Your body needs to eat fats for fertility, especially the right type of fats such as omega-3s (EPA/DHA) when you’re trying to get pregnant, and here’s some important reasons as to why:
• They help improve sperm health
• Help support ovulation
• Omega-3s protect against spontaneous abortions
• They may lessen the occurrence of congenital deformities
• Good quality omega-3s help support the development of the placenta, nervous system and brain in the embryo.

Plus they may reduce the risk to mum of post-natal depression.

Research has also shown that omega-3s can help reduce the chances of your child having dyslexia or suffering from ADHD.

Healthy fats also provide:
• An energy source.
• The building blocks for many hormones and hormone-like substances.
• Insulation for the body and help maintain a safe body temperature.
• Protection for the vital organs, the heart and kidneys etc.
• Transport fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K to the cells.
• Support for nerve fibres.
• Structure to the cells in our body.
• Support for brain function and cardiovascular health.

But it depends on the quality of the fat. Some fats are definitely good for us, crucial in fact. Others are damaging, downright dangerous.

If you want to optimise your fertility, then you need to make sure that your diet contains the good fats for fertility:
• Oily fish such as wild salmon, herring, mackerel and sardines.
• Lean meats and poultry; organic preferably
• Nuts such as almonds, cashews, brazils and walnuts.
• Organic Eggs with access to omega-3s
• Grass-reared meat
• Flaxseeds and chia seeds
• Avocado
• Butter and coconut oil (provided you don’t have a sensitivity to dairy or amines)
• Olive oil
• Green leafy veggies

The following foods generally contain poor-quality fats and need to be avoided:
• Margarine and vegetable spreads
• Commercial baked goods: cookies, cakes, pies & crackers, donuts
• Cook-in sauces and pastes and some salad dressings
• Pizza and deep-fried foods
• Foods from fast-food outlets
• Snack foods such as crisps and bars
• Ready-made meals
• Some ready-made cup soups/noodles

You might have noticed that I’ve said “yes” to butter and “no” to margarine.
Here’s 6 Reasons why butter beats margarine hands down!
• Butter is a real food. Margarine is processed from liquid vegetable oils that may well be rancid.
• Butter is a great source of vitamins A, D, E and K (provided it comes from green-grass eating cows).
• Butter doesn’t need artificial additives to give it an appealing colour, consistency or taste.
• Butter has the right balance of omega-3s to 6s mentioned above.
• Butter contains lecithin which aids in the correct assimilation & metabolisation of cholesterol.
• Butter has healthful antioxidants to support the heart

Whilst eating a wholefood diet is recommended, it’s not always possible to get enough omega-3s (EPA/DHA) through diet alone so you might want to discuss supplementation with a quality, toxin-free fish-oil with your health practitioner.

The information provided in this website is of a general nature only.  It is not intended to replace or substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Any health concerns should be discussed with your medical practitioner or other healthcare professional