Have you ever heard that there are some foods to help implantation?
Today, you will discover a list of foods that you should include in your diet if you are looking to make implantation successful according to the latest scientific research
If you’ve been trying to conceive, you might have stumbled across specific food hacks that promise to make implantation a piece of cake.
A random Google search on “how to make implantation successful” will also bring up lots of articles and options that include embryo implantation diet. But is there a ring of truth to these claims? Can certain foods make your eggs or sperm stick firmly to the fertility wall? Why don’t we find out!
Both natural and Assisted Reproductive Technologies such as IVF or insemination depend on implantation for conception to be successful.
Implantation occurs when a developed embryo or blastocyst attaches to the wall of the uterus (which is usually 7-10 days post-ovulation).
No doubt, implantation is a natural process, but sometimes it needs to be stimulated. While exercise, sleep and stress management are often recommended to increase implantation chances, diet is another important but often overlooked key player that boosts fertility and contributes to successful implantation.
There are so many foods that can prime your uterus for implantation. Let’s take a look at some of these blastocyst-friendly foods, aka foods for implantation.
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Best 4 Foods to Help Implantation
If you are finding it difficult to conceive, it is time to give Brazil nuts a try. Brazil nuts are rich in selenium, which is a mineral that functions to thicken the uterine wall ─ which is a prime factor for implantation.
Selenium is also a mild anticoagulant that increases blood flow to the uterus and ovaries. Low selenium levels have been linked to miscarriages and preeclampsia.
Additionally, selenium’s anticoagulant properties can work to prevent blood clotting, which is another bonus point for successful implantation; in some cases, the lining of the uterus or the blastocyst can develop a blood clot, which can result in an early miscarriage.
However, eating a selenium-rich food like Brazil nuts can prevent this occurrence.
Further to this, this egg implantation boosting mineral also works as an antioxidant. It creates a wholesome environment for the developing embryo to grow and flourish by keeping toxic free radicals at bay.
Bet you don’t need any more convincing to stack Brazil nuts in your pantry! And oh, you should eat about 2-3 Brazil nuts daily from the first day of ovulation to 10 days after ovulation.
One more thing, don’t cook or roast them ─ they taste and work better when fresh!
Pineapple is an age-long classic infertility and TTC circles. Pineapple is considered an essential fertility food. The reason why most people sing its “fertility” praises is in one word “BROMELAIN”.
Bromelain is an enzyme that has powerful anti-inflammation properties and can work to reduce inflammation in the uterus.
While egg and sperm quality and hormone balance are crucial to fertilization and implantation, a reduction in anti-inflammatory response is equally significant. This is because chronic uterine inflammation is often implicated in implantation failure and miscarriage.
Pineapple can also boost the quality and quantity of cervical mucus. The cervical mucus is a viscous liquid that nourishes the sperm and aids its mobility to the egg during ovulation.
The pineapple core has the highest concentration of bromelain, so don’t be too quick to throw the core. Peel and slice a whole pineapple (through the width) into five slices and take out the core from each section.
The implantation window is typically open from 7-10 days post-ovulation, so consume a section of the core per day over this period.
For IVF, the implantation window depends on embryo growth which is usually three days for fresh embryo transfers and 5-6 days for frozen embryo transfers.
Note that the pineapple core should be eaten on an empty stomach to facilitate efficient anti-inflammatory response.
When it comes to foods for implantation, oily fish is a great choice. Oily fish is a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids, which has a positive influence on egg quality and reproductive health.
Research has shown that the best source of omega-3-fats is oily fish, followed closely by walnuts, Pumpkin seeds, eggs and fresh flax seeds.
To increase your conception odds, you can incorporate fatty fishes like salmon, sardine and mackerel into your fertility diet.
But if fish is your least favourite food, walnuts are a great alternative. Just make sure to buy the shelled variety to ensure optimum freshness.
I recently wrote an in-depth article about the benefits of omega 3 fatty acids for fertility male and woman, hope you take a look at it.
The widely acclaimed symbol of fertility in ancient Persia, pomegranate is your go-to implantation fruit. It is one of the top foods for implantation. It is chock-full of antioxidants and micronutrients such as vitamin C, folate, and vitamin K. These nutrients help to improve blood flow and are loaded with anti-inflammatory properties as well.
While research shows that pomegranates can improve sperm quality, quantity and motility in men, there is zero to no research to show its efficacy in improving female fertility. However, it wouldn’t hurt to try,
It is recommended to consume about 250 ml (which equates to a cup) of 100% pomegranate juice daily throughout your cycle to increase blood flow.
Going by this dosage, this translates to a high amount of sugar and excessive energy levels, so to be on the safe side, it is best to take just 125 ml (1/2 cup) of the red nectar occasionally.
The topic of vitamins and fertility is very large and it is not sufficient to mention all of it here. If you are interested in this topic, there is a full guide recently written about the best vitamins for fertility.
Some Nutrient-rich Foods to Make Implantation Successful
- Zinc-containing foods: boosts progesterone levels, e.g. Shellfish, nuts and seeds
- Omega-3-fatty acids: decreases inflammation, e.g. Oily fish, olive oil, avocado, cod liver oil.
- Nitrate-rich foods: Improves blood flow, e.g. Garlic, dark chocolate, beets, leafy greens, and pomegranate.
- Foods rich in vitamin B6: Maintains progesterone balance, e.g. Chicken liver, eggs, sweet potato, green peas.
- Cruciferous vegetables: A good source of fibre and regulates estrogen balance, e.g. broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, radish, cabbage.
If you looking for the best fertility foods that you should include in your diet, and the foods should you avoid to boost your chances to conceive, this guide will helps you
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