Foods That Affect Fertility

Infertility impacts one in ten people. A lot of the causes can’t be controlled, but eating habits can play a role and that is one thing we can all control.

Here are some tips for both women and men!

1. Increase your iron intake

Studies show a diet rich in iron that comes from vegetables may lower the risk of infertility. Vegetarian foods with iron include all types of beans, lentils and spinach… as well as fortified cereals, long-grain enriched rice and whole grains.

2. Watch your fats

Cut out trans fats and add more monounsaturated fats. Think avocados and olive oil.

3. Eat more whole grains

Go for more high-fiber, low-glycemic carb-rich foods. And for fertility, you want to choose high-fat dairy instead of low-fat versions.

4. Men need to watch what they eat, too

Male obesity can contribute to low sperm count and poor sperm motility. Guys should load up on fruits and vegetables. They contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that can create strong sperm.

It’s important for men and women to have a healthy body weight and pick nutritious meals, since both can contribute to the ability to conceive.

Related: 4 Foods To Improve Your Baby-Making Chances


About the author

Dr. Jennifer Miranda

Dr. Jennifer Miranda is a board certified Internal Medicine physician who believes that doctors should make a difference in the quality of people’s lives. To this end, she founded Pure Executive Health & Wellness, a comprehensive medical practice centered around the importance of the patient-physician relationship in achieving total body wellness.

Dr. Miranda is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. While at Harvard, she was a four-time recipient of the annual John Harvard Scholarship for academic achievement of highest distinction, and she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the prestigious collegiate national honor society. She then attended the University of Miami School of Medicine where she graduated with selection into Alpha Omega Alpha, which is the highest honor someone can obtain during their medical education. Her exceptional skills as a resident led to her selection as Intern of the Year and later as Chief Medical Resident at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. She also has extensive knowledge in the field of Functional Medicine, and has recently completed a 2 year comprehensive program at the University of Miami.