Six foods that thicken the endometrium and improve fertility
Proper nutrition plays a key role in thickening the endometrium and improving the functioning of the whole fertility system and therefore supporting conception.
Below is a list of some of the foods recommended for thickening the endometrium and improving the likelihood of conceiving:
Beetroot contains nitric oxide that dilates the blood vessels, allowing a better blood flow to the uterus and ovaries. Drinking beetroot juice regularly could help lower blood pressure and improve brain functioning. Several studies have shown an improvement in memory before taking a test. Beetroot also contains antioxidants that inhibit the aging process in the body.
Studies have not examined the effect of beetroot on the endometrium but, since optimal blood flow can contribute to the thickening and proper functioning of the endometrium, it is recommended that a woman trying to conceive should eat a lot of foods containing beetroot.
Pineapple is known for its ability to aid embryonic implantation into the uterus.
You’re likely to find many recommendations to eat pineapple after transferring the embryos in the IVF process, claiming that it helps the embryo to implant into the uterus.
Although, as of now, there is no research that supports using pineapple as a tool to improve the likelihood of successful embryo implantation, several possible mechanisms can be used to benefit from pineapple. It all starts with bromelain. Bromelain is the enzyme in pineapple that gives the pineapple its therapeutic effects. More specifically:
- Bromelain is an anti-inflammatory factor. Studies show that bromelain stimulates the immune system to restrict inflammation. It can help women with implantation problems caused by inflammation.
- Bromelain acts as a blood thinner and so prevents clotting. Blood thinners, such as aspirin, are usually recommended for women trying to conceive in order to aid blood flow to the uterus. Pineapple bromelain can have a similar effect. The healthier the blood flow to the uterus, the higher the likelihood of conception.
Make sure to eat the core of the pineapple, where the highest concentration of bromelain is found.
It’s important to note that it is not recommended to eat canned pineapple since the preservation process may destroy the bromelain.
Pineapple must be consumed only after ovulation! Eating too much pineapple before ovulation could increase the acidity of the mucosa in the cervix, making it hostile to semen.
It’s not recommended to use pineapple (with its core) as a fertility tool while taking any other type of blood thinner (such as aspirin, etc.) without first talking to your doctor.
Like beetroot, pomegranate improves blood circulation. Pomegranate and pomegranate juice are wonderful sources of a variety of phytochemicals that are antioxidants. Antioxidants neutralize the destructive activity of free radicals – molecules that attack body tissue and can lead to development of a disease.
A study published in The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry compared the antioxidant capacity of polyphenol-rich beverages, among them, pomegranate, green tea, blueberry juice, cranberry juice, orange juice, apple juice, red wine, and more.
Lab tests have shown that pomegranate juice is the drink with the highest overall phenylphenol content, with the most powerful antioxidants (at least 20% more potent than any of the beverages tested), and with the highest ability to prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol, also known as “bad cholesterol”.
Ground flax seeds
Flax seeds contain lignans, which is a type of phytoestrogen (an estrogen of plant origin), and a lot of fiber. Lignans add estrogen when it is lacking, and on the other hand, thanks to their fiber combination, they cleanse the body of excess estrogen if necessary. They also appear to be able to protect the estrogen receptors in our body from synthetic chemicals, like bisphenol A, that bind to the estrogen receptors and cause hormonal disruption.
Ground flax seeds contain many other nutrients, such as B vitamins and magnesium. In addition, they contain a high concentration of omega 3, omega 6, and other components that contribute to hormonal balance and improve blood flow to the endometrium for easier implantation and pregnancy. Flax seeds should be consumed ground, and it is best to grind them close to the time you plan to eat them.
The avocado fruit also contains a high concentration of vitamin E, which is essential for thickening the endometrium. In addition, it has a high content of folic acid, which helps prevent malformations of the embryo and improves the likelihood of falling pregnant.
Avocados are rich in unsaturated oils, which reduce inflammation in the body, and studies show that consumption of this type of fat improves the success rates among women undergoing IVF treatment. Avocado is rich in vitamins B, A, D, C, K, E, and in potassium, iron, copper, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, manganese, zinc, cobalt, iodine, copper and other minerals, phytosterols, chlorophyll, lecithin, squarane, dietary fiber, and unsaturated oils.
Royal jelly is highly concentrated food produced by bees and contains, among other things, a high amount of protein, essential amino acids, unusual fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. In addition, it contains antioxidants, antibacterial substances, substances that affect the hormonal system, and more.
Animal studies have found that it can improve the reproductive health of rats.
Royal jelly has been found to have a balancing effect on the hormonal system of women and men and, in recent years, its effect on fertility in animals and humans has been studied.
Studies have shown that this food item has the ability to mimic the estrogen that builds the endometrium.
A study done on healthy men showed an increase in testosterone levels following consumption of royal jelly.
Several studies have been performed on infertile men in which the effect of royal jelly on several doses of sperm counts and on various hormone levels was investigated. These studies also showed a pronounced increase in testosterone levels among those who consumed royal jelly, compared to the control group. In addition, a significant increase in sperm motility was observed in them, as well as protection of their sperm from oxidative damage.
In the hive, royal jelly is the queen bee’s only source of nutrition. The queen is fed this food throughout her life. Larvae that will develop into worker bees will receive a small amount of royal jelly only in the first three days of their lives and will then eat other food. Because of the royal jerry, the queen is much larger than the worker bees and she has a much longer life expectancy than theirs. Royal jelly also gives the queen her fertility and, unlike the workers who are barren, the queen is very fertile and lays about 2000 eggs a day.
It’s recommended to consume royal jelly mixed with honey making it very close to its raw form and preserving its qualities.