When choosing fruits and vegetables, think in color! Not only are colorful fruits and veggies visually appealing, but a rainbow of variety packs an extra punch nutritionally. This is especially important for women’s and men’s health when trying to conceive.
Red fruits and veggies contain lycopene and are colored by the pigment called anthocyanin. They contain powerful antioxidants that protect cells from damage, helps improve egg health, and has been shown to help sperm quality and motility.
Some great ones to try: red apples, red peppers, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes and radishes.
Orange and Yellow!
Orange fruits and veggies contain beta-carotene and are colored by the pigment called carotenoids. These can help women by keeping hormone balance in check and aids in cycle regularity in; and protects sperm from free radical attack in men. Vitamin A found in these fruits and vegetables help sperm at receptor sites during the fertilization process.
Try: apricots, carrots, yellow and orange peppers, and pumpkin.
Green fruits and veggies are colored by the pigment chlorophyll. Dark leafy greens contain lutein and are also a wonderful source of folate. Folic acid helps to generate viable eggs. The cruciferous veggies (such as broccoli and cabbage) are especially helpful if suffering from endometriosis or uterine fibroids because it helps with estrogen metabolism. Folic acid helps with sperm quality and lowers the chances of chromosomal abnormalities.
Try: asparagus, broccoli, and honeydew melon.
Blue and Purple!
Also contain anthocyanin. To keep cells healthy in both men and women, it is important to protect them from damage with these antioxidants for optimal functioning of eggs and sperm.
Try: blueberries, plums, and eggplant.
These contain anthoxanthins, allicin, and selenium which can protect from chromosome breakage, improve sperm quality and motility, and work to reduce inflammation in the body.
Try: cauliflower, garlic, and bananas.
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