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Proper Nutrition Encourages Fertility

A balanced diet, rich in the nutrients that influence on the reproductive system, can help against infertility in women and men.

Folic Acid

Vitamin B9 or Folacin stimulates the ovulation and production of eggs. Together with vitamins B6 and B12 folic acid improves the function of sex glands. Best sources of folic acid are brewer's yeast, soy, wheat germ, whole grains, legumes, asparagus, broccoli, potatoes, green leafy vegetables, chicken liver, egg yolk, and banana.

Vitamin A

This vitamin strengthens the immune system, protects against infections and acts as powerful antioxidant. Also, it is very important for the reproductive system, especially in men because it is necessary for the production of sperm. That's way many alcoholics suffer from infertility because alcohol does not allow conversion of provitamin A to its active form in the testicles. Food rich in vitamin A include fish oil, unrefined cold vegetable oil, yellow and red fruits, yellow, red and green vegetables, legumes, egg yolk, milk and dairy products.

Vitamin C

In addition to acting as an antioxidant and protecting sex cells from damaging, vitamin C is very important for normal functioning of adrenal gland and the secretion of hormones that stimulate the ovaries to produce sex cells. Best sources of this vitamin are strawberry, papaya, kiwi, orange, grapefruit, melon, mango, red or green peppers, broccoli, green leafy vegetables and potatoes.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E encourages the production of adrenal gland hormones. Also, it stimulates secretion of sex hormone and gonadotropin - pituitary hormone that directly affect sex glands. Vitamin E also protects sex cells from damage caused by free radicals and thus positively effects on infertility in both sexes. Food abundant in this vitamin include wheat germ, cold vegetable oils, whole grains, soy, beans, green leafy vegetables and eggs.


Zinc is an important element of each cell which performs many useful features. Is an integral part of sex hormones and it is necessary for proper function of sex glands and maturation of eggs. Even a small shortage of zinc in the body can cause slow maturation of sex cells and infertility. Best sources of wink are meat, poultry, fish, oats, brewers yeast, pumpkin seeds, nuts, legumes and egg yolk.


Infertility in women can be caused by lack of iron. It is necessary for the production of eggs and ovulation. Iron can be found in horse meat, pork and chicken liver, fish roe, squid, millet, oats, soy, tofu, turkey eggs, Jerusalem artichoke and white beans.

Essential amino acids

There are no amino acids in the body, so they should be entered by food. These acids are the basis for the production of prostaglandins, chemicals that resemble sex hormones and stimulate and control the occurrence of sex cells. Studies have shown that their absence can lead to infertility. Best sources of amino acids are unrefined, cold vegetable oils, especially saffron, soybean and peanut oil. In addition it is important to exclude margarine and refined oils from the diet because they contain ingredients that prevent the formation of prostaglandins.

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