As I’ve gone along my fertility journey nutrition, and how I'm fuelling my body, has become a big area of interest to me. I've spent a lot of time in looking into natural ways to enhance my health and support my fertility.
Today's Hump Day Hint focuses on what I have learnt about Vitamin E and tips for how I include it in my diet!
Vitamin E is important for a lot of things - you've probably heard about it a lot in terms of ageing, but it also plays a key role in enhancing both male and female fertility.
Why is Vitamin E good for Fertility?
- It improves your cellular health protecting you from toxic compounds (think mercury, lead)
- It's a strong anti-oxidant - particularly looking after the health of red blood cells and immune system functions
- It helps balance hormones
- It plays a role in thickening of the uterine lining
- It's important for sperm motility and health
- It can play a role in miscarriage prevention
My Top 5 ways to get Vitamin E into your diet:
- Nuts, Nut Butters and Seeds – sunflower seeds and almonds in particular have great bang for your buck when it comes to Vitamin E. They are easy to incorporate in your diet – in snacks, nut milks and main meals!
- Avocado - mash it up on toast, put it in your smoothies, salads, or even make a cacao mousse!
- Dark Leafy Greens - think Asparagus, Broccoli, Kale, Spinach. I LOVE my greens! Stir-fries, smoothies, salads, soups – so versatile!
- Berries – berries are such a good source of anti-oxidants and Vitamin E. They are low fructose and a great way to get a bit of natural sweetness into your diet :-)
- Tofu – I don’t eat a huge amount of meat, so tofu is a staple in my diet to keep my protein up. Lucky for me its also an excellent source of Vitamin E! I use Tofu mainly in stir-fries but there are lots of different ways, including desserts, to bring this into your diet!
What are your favourite fertility food sources of Vitamin E?