Dropping a dress size helps a woman get pregnant faster according to research from the Harvard School of Public Health, but weight loss is not the only way that juicing might help those trying for a baby.
The US researchers found that women who lost 11lb – the equivalent of going from a size 14 to a 12 – conceived a fortnight faster than others. Surprisingly, those who were slim to begin with benefited just as much as those who were overweight.
The researchers said the finding couldn’t simply be explained by overweight women having irregular periods. Instead, eggs could be of poorer quality or the lining womb may not be ripe enough for any eggs that are fertilised to implant there.
Researcher Audrey Gaskins said it wasn’t clear weight why loss helped the women who were slim anyway, but it might be that those who were helped most were at the heavier end of normal weight.
The amount of time saved means that women who went down a dress size took two and a half months to fall pregnant, compared to the three months the others spent trying. By comparison the average woman who put on more than three stone took more than four months – rather than the usual three – to become pregnant.
Is there a reason that December is the most fertile month of the year?
According to studies, nine per cent of all conceptions take place over the Christmas period. Although parties and festive tipples are thought to be partly responsible for this trend. However, research shows the increased consumption of Brussels sprouts could also play a role.
Neema Savvides, a nutritional therapist at the Harley Street Fertility Clinic describes sprouts as a ’baby making super food.”
Brussels sprouts are bursting with folic acid. This is essential for boosting fertility in both men and women. Brussels sprouts are also shown to help increase sperm levels and help 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.’
Sprout juice may not sound that great, but actually Brussels work really well in green juices in place of more common ingredients such as kale or spinach.
Juicing for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
When I interviewed Super Juice Me star Jon Zorrer he told me “I Think Our Son Has Come From Juicing,” adding, “my wife had Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and the doctor’s told her that she would probably never get pregnant. She did a 20 day juice programme and then got pregnant straight away.”
Jon is not the only person to say tell me about juicing helping with PCOS. For example, Stephanie Jeffs told me how she believes juicing and raw food has CURED her PCOS.
Are Carrots the Key to Healthy Sperm?
Researchers at Harvard University in the US investigating the effect of fruit and vegetables on the health of sperm discovered that carrots produced the best all-round results. They had the greatest effect on ‘motility’ – a term used to describe the ability of sperm to swim towards an egg.
Is there anyone who doesn’t like a carrot, apple, lemon and ginger?
In addition to carrots, men who ate more ‘good’ fats – including omega-3 fatty acids (found in avocados) had better quality sperm than those eating less. Another good reason to blend avocado into your juices.
One last thing, you can forget Viagra. Watermelon can boost a man’s libido in a similar way to taking the little blue pill, according to researchers at Texas A&M University in the US.
The scientists claim that the red-fleshed fruit contains an ingredient that affects the body’s blood vessels in the same way as when a man takes the sex drug. Researchers believe that the juicy fruit could be used to help men who suffer from erectile dysfunction.
The “active” ingredient is found in higher concentrations in the rind of watermelons than the flesh, so be sure to put the rind through the juicer too!
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