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Infertility: 11 foods that can improve your fertility and not raise blood sugar

Published on Jan 15, 2024 07:00 AM IST

Here are 11 foods that are low on the glycemic index and do not cause rapid rise in blood sugar levels while providing essential nutrients to improve fertility

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Maintaining stable blood sugar levels is crucial for overall health and fertility. In an interview with Zarafshan Shiraz of HT Lifestyle, Dr Priyanka Dilip Kumar, Senior Consultant - Reproductive Medicine and High-Risk Obstetrician, highlighted 12 foods that are low on the glycemic index, meaning they do not cause a rapid rise in blood sugar levels, while providing essential nutrients that improve fertility - (Photo by Jeremy Doddridge on Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jan 15, 2024 07:00 AM IST

Maintaining stable blood sugar levels is crucial for overall health and fertility. In an interview with Zarafshan Shiraz of HT Lifestyle, Dr Priyanka Dilip Kumar, Senior Consultant - Reproductive Medicine and High-Risk Obstetrician, highlighted 12 foods that are low on the glycemic index, meaning they do not cause a rapid rise in blood sugar levels, while providing essential nutrients that improve fertility - (Photo by Jeremy Doddridge on Unsplash)

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1. Berries - Berries protect eggs against damage and ageing due to their antioxidant properties. On the contrary, strawberries are thought to increase libido in women. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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1. Berries - Berries protect eggs against damage and ageing due to their antioxidant properties. On the contrary, strawberries are thought to increase libido in women. (Unsplash)

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2. Leafy Greens - Leafy greens such as spinach, curry leaves, fenugreek and broccoli contain folate, a B vitamin known to aid ovulation. Eating green leafy vegetables also naturally increases women's libido. (Pixabay) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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2. Leafy Greens - Leafy greens such as spinach, curry leaves, fenugreek and broccoli contain folate, a B vitamin known to aid ovulation. Eating green leafy vegetables also naturally increases women's libido. (Pixabay)

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3. Beans - The lean protein in beans, along with the iron helps increase fertility and libido. Due to low iron, ovulation does not produce healthy eggs and this is called anovulation. They are high in fiber, which can help you feel full for longer. Beans, including black beans,  contain carbohydrates but also fiber, protein and other nutrients, resulting in a  low glycemic index. Therefore, they are very important in the list of diabetes foods.(Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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3. Beans - The lean protein in beans, along with the iron helps increase fertility and libido. Due to low iron, ovulation does not produce healthy eggs and this is called anovulation. They are high in fiber, which can help you feel full for longer. Beans, including black beans,  contain carbohydrates but also fiber, protein and other nutrients, resulting in a  low glycemic index. Therefore, they are very important in the list of diabetes foods.(Unsplash)

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4. Figs - In fact, there is scientific evidence that figs have been used as a stimulant since the ancient Greeks. Figs contain plenty of iron, which is important for egg and ovulation. (Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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4. Figs - In fact, there is scientific evidence that figs have been used as a stimulant since the ancient Greeks. Figs contain plenty of iron, which is important for egg and ovulation. (Shutterstock)

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5. Vegetables and Fruits - When trying to conceive, it is especially important to eat up to three servings of fresh fruits and vegetables every day.(Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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5. Vegetables and Fruits - When trying to conceive, it is especially important to eat up to three servings of fresh fruits and vegetables every day.(Shutterstock)

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6. Full Fat Milk - Full-fat milk is a nutrient-rich beverage that can support fertility. It contains essential nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, and protein, which promote hormone function and a healthy menstrual cycle. Including full-fat milk in your diet may improve fertility by providing necessary nutrients and supporting hormonal balance.(Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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6. Full Fat Milk - Full-fat milk is a nutrient-rich beverage that can support fertility. It contains essential nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, and protein, which promote hormone function and a healthy menstrual cycle. Including full-fat milk in your diet may improve fertility by providing necessary nutrients and supporting hormonal balance.(Shutterstock)

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7. Spinach - This is an all-season vegetable and a  good source of dietary fiber, vitamins, folic acid, chlorophyll, manganese, calcium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, protein and carotene. The glycemic index of spinach is almost 0, so it is a healthy habit for people with diabetes to keep their blood sugar stable. (Freepik) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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7. Spinach - This is an all-season vegetable and a  good source of dietary fiber, vitamins, folic acid, chlorophyll, manganese, calcium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, protein and carotene. The glycemic index of spinach is almost 0, so it is a healthy habit for people with diabetes to keep their blood sugar stable. (Freepik)

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8. Collard green - These are a part of the cruciferous vegetable family and include; kale, rutabaga, brussels, broccoli, sprouts, cabbage, turnips, etc. They provide a lot of nutrients at low calories and are known to lower the blood glucose level in patients with type 1 diabetes and stabilize the lipids, insulin and blood glucose level in type 2 diabetics.(Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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8. Collard green - These are a part of the cruciferous vegetable family and include; kale, rutabaga, brussels, broccoli, sprouts, cabbage, turnips, etc. They provide a lot of nutrients at low calories and are known to lower the blood glucose level in patients with type 1 diabetes and stabilize the lipids, insulin and blood glucose level in type 2 diabetics.(Shutterstock)

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9. Mustard greens - Leaf-mustard is very low in calories (27 calories per 100g raw leaves) and fats. However, its dark-green leaves carry ample amounts of phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. Additionally, it contains a very good amount of dietary fiber that helps control cholesterol levels by interfering with its absorption in the gut.(Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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9. Mustard greens - Leaf-mustard is very low in calories (27 calories per 100g raw leaves) and fats. However, its dark-green leaves carry ample amounts of phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. Additionally, it contains a very good amount of dietary fiber that helps control cholesterol levels by interfering with its absorption in the gut.(Shutterstock)

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10. Sweet potatoes - Sweet potatoes are the top product of the potato family and have a glycemic index of 44, so it is  considered a good food for diabetics. Even if you have diabetes, eating potatoes in moderation can help keep your blood sugar within a healthy range, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.(Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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10. Sweet potatoes - Sweet potatoes are the top product of the potato family and have a glycemic index of 44, so it is  considered a good food for diabetics. Even if you have diabetes, eating potatoes in moderation can help keep your blood sugar within a healthy range, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.(Unsplash)

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11. Apple - Apples are a low glycemic index fruit, meaning they do not cause a rapid spike in blood sugar levels. With their high fiber content and natural sugars, apples are a great choice for individuals looking to maintain stable blood sugar levels throughout the day while enjoying a tasty and nutritious snack.(File Photo) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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11. Apple - Apples are a low glycemic index fruit, meaning they do not cause a rapid spike in blood sugar levels. With their high fiber content and natural sugars, apples are a great choice for individuals looking to maintain stable blood sugar levels throughout the day while enjoying a tasty and nutritious snack.(File Photo)

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