Can Beetroot Really Help Fertility?
Beetroot can be eaten at any stage of growth: small & roasted whole or sliced & roasted larger, grated into cottage pies, pickled, steamed, fermented or whatever your personal preference may be.
This is a vegetable worth eating as it has been found to increase stamina by up to 16%!
Vitamin B9: Also known as Folate or folacin. Mistakenly many people take Folic Acid, which is a synthetic version of Folate that is not recommended due to possible toxicity.
Folate is essential for human growth and development as it encourages normal nerve and brain function. It’s involved in the creation of DNA as well as building of proteins, and many other important functions including the healthy development of your baby’s spinal cord.
Folate has long been known for its protection against spina bifida, but many people don’t realise that it’s also important for their day-to-day health.
During pregnancy folate also supports the growth of the placenta and helps to prevent several types of birth defects, especially those of the brain and spine. Folate is an important nutrient for general and fertility health.
Iron: Iron is a mineral that the body uses to carry oxygen in the blood.
It has many functions but also plays a key role in strengthening the immune system and regulating body temperature.
Nitrates: which lower blood pressure & are good for heart health
Betaine: which aids digestive function, heart health, liver function/detoxification, fat loss, and muscle mass improvement
Magnesium: Magnesium supports a healthy immune system as well as keeping 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.
The production of Vitamin D also relies on Magnesium, and many people that are deficient in Vitamin D also have a Magnesium deficiency. Before taking a Vitamin D supplement I would recommend increasing Magnesium intake, whilst also increasing sun exposure, and then retest Vitamin D levels after 4 weeks.
Many people experience heightened stress levels and develop magnesium deficiency as it is a difficult nutrient to obtain from your diet.
Magnesium is helpful for cell function, and if you become deficient you can quickly experience increased stress feelings, disturbed sleep, or muscle cramping.
- Treats Blood Deficiency
- Treats Blood Stagnation
- Treats Yin Deficiency
Blood deficiency is a Chinese Fertility Medicine term used to describe an imbalance in the quality of the blood.
The blood is responsible for circulating nutrients throughout the body to all of your cells, including egg and sperm cells.
When it is deficient the blood can’t properly nourish the body and certain aspects of health get out of balance.
This can impact egg and sperm health as the deficient blood is unable to transport necessary nutrients to the eggs and sperm – causing a depletion in their quality, quantity, and activity.
If the Blood deficiency reaches a deeper level of imbalance you will see physiological changes in the blood, such as reduced iron, haemoglobin, ferritin, B-vitamins and other nutrients. You may also see changes in the volume and quantity of the blood cells and it’s clotting ability or nature.
Blood Stagnation refers to poor circulation of blood around the body.
This can manifest in any aspect of the body but is prevalent in many male fertility and also gynaecological issues.
There are 2 main causes of Blood Stagnation:
- A genetic clotting disorder that directly causes the blood to clot more easily
- A Blood Deficiency pattern where the blood is weaker and cannot flow efficiently, causing it to become stagnant
Healthy Blood flow is vital to nourishing all the cells in your body, which include egg and sperm cells.
If blood flow reduces it may cause male and female fertility issues that typically present with either an obstruction in the flow of blood or fluids, or the development of a growth or mass.
Yin Deficiency is a pattern of imbalance in Chinese Fertility Medicine that describes depleted fluid levels of the body.
This is not dehydration as such, but a deep and longer-term type of fluid deficiency or dryness of the tissues and cells.
Reduced fluid levels in the body interfere with temperature regulation, blood and fluid circulation, and delivery of nutrients and vital substances to your cells (including egg and sperm cells), tissues, and organs.
Extra notes: When you have a low ‘quality’ of blood in your body, you can have health issues which influence your fertility such as; anaemia, fatigue, a thin endometrium, follicles not developing efficiently or an irregular cycle. Low blood quality can also cause sleep problems & feelings of anxiety as the blood is responsible for nourishing the body and mind and helps us to rest and be calm.
How it’s typically cooked: Beetroot is great to eat regularly & particularly useful to eat post menstruation, to rebuild the blood, encourage the growth of a healthy endometrium & to provide nourishment to follicles. For general feelings of weakness, feeling the cold easily, dizziness & tiredness you should eat beetroot at any stage of the menstrual cycle and also consider adding some fresh ginger to it.
Season: Beetroot is a root vegetable, which is in season from June to the end of October making it a mid-summer to end of Autumn vegetable – but can also be preserved and eaten all through the year.
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