Asparagus – Egg and Sperm DNA Health
Asparagus contains nutrients that are useful in DNA replication and maintaining cell health – which can help with egg and sperm DNA and quality!
Asparagus is rich in antioxidants including vitamin E, vitamin C, and selenium.
Antioxidants combat free radicals in the blood, which cause cell damage to all cells including egg and sperm cells.
Along with the antioxidants asparagus also contains B1,2,3,5 and 6, folate, selenium and zinc – all of which support cell creation, health, and DNA replication.
Asparagus acts as a prebiotic (not probiotic) due to its high source of indigestible fibre that supports the healthy bacteria in the large intestine. To utilise this fibre please eat the entire stem, even if it feels a little stringy or woody.
Key nutrients of Asparagus are:
Vitamin A: Is necessary for the growth and repair of many body cells including bones, teeth, collagen, and cartilage. It’s also involved in cell differentiation where cells become specific types of cells such as a liver cell or a blood cell. This is vital for the development of your healthy baby, and so Vitamin A should be sufficient in your diet in a food form. Supplementation does not offer balanced forms of Vitamin A.
Vitamin B Selection: Overall this Vitamin group is necessary for energy production and the synthesis and repair of DNA and RNA. This is vital for your overall health but also for cell function, which includes egg and sperm cells and their genetic health and quality.
Vitamin C: For fertility health, Vitamin C is important in the process of absorption and also in its ability to support the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle.
Vitamin K: Vitamin K is an essential nutrient necessary for responding to injuries as it regulates normal blood clotting. Vitamin K can be particularly useful if you suffer from heavy and/or painful periods as it can help slow down the blood flow and reduce cramping.
Potassium: Is an electrolyte which counteracts the effects of sodium, helping to maintain consistent blood pressure levels – another important element for pregnancy.
Manganese: is a naturally occurring mineral which aids in the formation of connective tissue, bones, blood-clotting factors, and sex hormones.
Iron: Is a mineral that the body uses to carry oxygen in the blood and plays a key role in strengthening the immune system and helps regulate body temperature.
Magnesium: Supports a healthy immune system as well as keeps bones strong. It is also great for stress and combined with vitamin B6 can help induce sleep and alleviate symptoms of bloating and weight gain associated with PMS.
Selenium: is one component of antioxidant enzymes and is also used by the body to help support thyroid health, particularly the conversion of thyroid hormones from one to the other. This can help support your thyroid health, which is fundamental for fertility health and pregnancy.
Zinc: Zinc is essential for the repair and function of DNA, which affects sperm and egg quality. It’s also essential for the rapid growth of cells and the building of major parts of cells during a pregnancy. The development and enzyme activity that takes place during pregnancy is supported by zinc, which means that this is one of the most important nutrients for babies and mothers.
CHINESE FERTILITY MEDICINE USE IT TO:
- Treat Heat
- Treat Qi Deficiency
- Treat Dampness
- Calm The Mind
Heat is a pattern of imbalance in Chinese Fertility Medicine that refers to one or more of the following: a feeling of heat in your body, a measured fever, or some type of inflammation typically related to infection.
It presents with signs of over-activity, mood changes, inflammatory issues, discolouration of body fluids, and symptoms of dryness and heat.
Too much heat typically affects the fluid and blood balance of the body and this can impact egg and sperm quality to varying degrees.
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Qi is the word used in Chinese Fertility Medicine to describe energy, life force, or vitality inside and outside the body.
Qi is the non-physical aspect of your body that makes all of your organs and systems work.
This means that it’s vital for the function of all aspects of your fertility, and pregnancy health too. When your Qi is deficient your body struggles to function efficiently, and this can lead to a variety of fertility issues.
When Qi becomes more severely deficient you will likely present with hormone imbalance, typically with reduced Progesterone, Testosterone and/or FSH levels. In some cases the FSH can rise and present itself as being elevated, due to the ovaries or testes being underactive and sluggish (tired).
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Dampness is the word used in Chinese Fertility Medicine to describe an overabundance of negative types of fluids that have accumulated in the body.
This includes: mucus, phlegm, or water accumulation (edema) that build up over time in different areas of the body.
A variety of fertility issues can arise from having too much Dampness including: immune disorders, fluid retention, circulatory issues, bacterial and fungal overgrowth, and other inflammatory diseases.
Reducing dampness can take some time, but the physical effects you receive will be worth it!
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CALM THE MIND
An overactive mind is a common issue for many people today. Being too busy and constantly overusing the mind through thinking and processing lots of information can cause it to become overactive.
In mild situations, you may just feel that your mind is busy with lots of thoughts of things to do. In more intense presentations your mind will be constantly active, often disturbing your sleep and causing dreams or nightmares.
When you wake in the morning you won’t feel rested, and often you wake during the night or early in the morning. Anxiety, panic attacks, feeling nervous or hyperactive (can’t rest easily), overthinking and disturbed sleep are mostly issues relating to an overactive mind.
The good news is that you can calm the mind through simplifying life, but also through the use of asparagus. Consume it in the evening a few hours before sleep for best results.
Season available: Spring to early summer.
How it’s typically cooked: It can be steamed, lightly boiled, roasted or stir-fried. It’s usually best cooked alone and then dressed with olive oil, a pinch of salt and if desired some lemon juice. It goes well with chicken.
When cooked together with other foods it can create an overpowering flavour, hence being best cooked alone.
Cautions: It can at times be too cooling for some people, which may result in an increase in loose bowel movements. Once you stop eating it these symptoms will stop. Asparagus produces very strong sulphur like odour in your urine, which is normal.
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