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Ever tried juicing Brussels sprouts? I find they can be a little bitter, but with some lemon, apple or pineapple they can work really well in a green juice. I know many people shudder at the thought of these little green vegetables, but Brussels are believed to offer many health benefits, including helping to protect DNA and protect against cancer.

Now new research suggests that couples who are trying for a baby should be consuming of the festive staple. According to studies, nine per cent of all conceptions take place over the Christmas period, making December the most fertile month of the year. Parties and festive tipples are thought to be partly responsible for this trend. However, Neema Savvides, a nutritional therapist at the Harley Street Fertility Clinic, says the increased consumption of sprouts could also play a role. She said: ‘Believe it or not, this green micro cabbage is a baby making super food. Firstly, they are bursting with folic acid which is essential for boosting fertility in both men and women. This vitamin rich source also increases sperm levels and helps line the womb with the right nutrients raising sperm survival chances. Another benefit of this folic rich food is that it also helps to decrease the risk of miscarriages and birth defects.’

Brussels sprouts also contain a phytonutrient called di-indolylmethane, which helps women absorb balanced levels of the hormone oestrogen.

In fact, it binds to environmental oestrogens, like pesticides and hormones in meat and dairy products, and helps rid the body of excess hormones – this boosts fertility.  

The vegetable is also thought to lower cholesterol levels and have anti-inflammatory properties.

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