Can Chicken help fertility and your immune system?
Chicken soup, chicken bone broth, chicken stew, chicken curry, chicken ‘salad’ – there are so many delicious ways to use chicken!
Its selenium content can help support your immune system, which is particularly helpful if you have thyroid issues such as Hashimotos Thyroiditis. Just 200g of chicken provides you with 78% of your daily value of Selenium!
Key nutrients of Chicken:
Vitamin B3: Niacin as with most other B vitamins is also involved in energy production within the mitochondria of your cells (the powerhouse of the cell). Pregnancy requires good levels of niacin, as does breast feeding. Adolescents also need sufficient sources. B3 is an important part of the entire Vitamin B complex, which should be adequate in your diet to support your general and fertility health.
Vitamin B6: Pyridoxine is involved in breaking many types of chemical bonds and is a component of many enzymes – which are involved in breaking down foods and substances, and also regulating steroid hormones.
B6 also helps in the production of neurotransmitters, which are the chemicals that allow brain and nerve cells to communicate – and this ensures that metabolic processes such as fat and protein metabolism happen properly. B6 is also a strong component of the immune system, which makes it vital to have in your diet.
Iron: a mineral that the body uses to carry oxygen in the blood. When the blood is oxygenated it can carry out its proper function, one of which is to nourish cells of all types including egg and sperm cells.
Potassium: an electrolyte that counteracts the effects of sodium, helping to maintain consistent blood pressure – another important focus for pregnancy.
Selenium: is one component of antioxidant enzymes and is also used by the body to help support thyroid health, particularly conversion of thyroid hormones from one to the other. This can help support your thyroid health, which is fundamental for fertility health and pregnancy.
CHINESE FERTILITY MEDICINE USES IT TO:
- Strengthens the ‘5 Organs’
- Strengthen the Qi
- Promotes blood circulation
Strengthens the 5 Organs: is a term that Chinese medicine uses to describe a substance that supports the 5 vital organs (Heart, Spleen, Lungs, Liver and Kidneys). These organs are referred to as the full organs (as opposed to the ‘empty organs’ such as the intestines, gallbladder etc), and they are involved in all of our daily and fertility health balance and optimisation.
The Heart, Spleen, Liver and Kidneys are particularly referred to as being involved in supporting the reproductive system in a variety of ways. Chicken has nutrients and specific qualities that have been recognised to support each of these systems and optimise the health of these organs.
In most cases a food or other ingested substance will be affiliated with one or two vital organs, but in this case Chicken supports all 5 – making it a special and high quality food.
Strengthen the Qi: Energy is called ‘Qi’ in Chinese medicine and chicken has an energy supporting function. As described above under the B-vitamins, chicken contains several nutrients, along with its protein content, that help in the production and use of energy. When there is a good amount of energy available your body can function properly and support all of the complex fertility processes that are happening each day. More serious energy deficiencies show up with adrenal or thyroid imbalances along with typical symptoms of tiredness and/or coldness. This can impact the quality and flow of blood throughout your body, and particularly through the reproductive area causing issues such as a thin endometrium, poorer quality eggs, poorer sperm quality and many more issues.
Promotes Blood Circulation: As with its ability to support the Qi, chicken also nourishes the blood and helps your body to manufacture more blood cells. This makes the quality of your blood stronger, reducing chances of Anemia, and this in turn helps to improve blood circulation. A healthy flow of blood is required to nourish sperm and egg cells, thicken the endometrium, deliver and control hormone flow and balance, and warm the uterus with a steady flow of blood throughout the luteal phase. This last action is vital for implantation to be viable.
Season Available: Is typically eaten all year round now, but historically it’s a summer food.
Extra note: I typically recommend women use chicken more in the luteal phase.
It can also be used by people that have signs of Qi and Blood deficiency. For this it should be combined with blood nourishing herbs – one of which is Goji Berries. This helps to more quickly build the blood quality, thereby improving nutrient flow to the reproductive area for women and men.
I previously published a post with my favourite chicken bone broth. Did you see it?
To find out more on the benefits of bone broth and get my recipe use this link: https://naturalfertilityexpert.com/bone-stock-recipe/
Cautions: Due to its warm nature, avoid chicken if you have a fever, are thirsty or have a ‘Heat Pattern’ diagnosed by your practitioner.
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