This week is Shrove Tuesday when we are encouraged to make pancakes, which use eggs.So I thought I would put the spotlight not on chicken eggs but on human eggs. What we as women can do to have healthy eggs if we are seeking to conceive.
Proteins are important building blocks to healthy eggs and hormones. they can be found in fish, chicken, meat and some vegetables. Vitamins and minerals are also important especially Vitamin D, Omega 3 and Essential Fatty Acids which are believed to influence how eggs mature.
I have been reading around about which foods are important for egg health and here are my top foods for healthy eggs
Top foods for healthy eggs:
- Avocados – these are a real super food. They are full of minerals, vitamins, essential fats, protein, carbohydrate and fibre. Plus they are a great source of vitamin E, which can be beneficial to improving the lining of the uterus and helping with embryo implantation. They can also help to improve egg health thanks to their high fat content. These are monounsaturated fats (one of the good ones). Avocados are delicious in salad, sandwiches, on toast and in soup.
- Beans and lentils. These contain iron, which is very important for egg health. A lack of iron can lead to a lack of ovulation (anovulation). They also contain other vitamins and minerals that can help with fertility.
- Berries -are often also regarded as a super food. These powerful antioxidants can help to protect eggs from free radicals, allowing for better egg health.
- Brazil Nuts are high in selenium, a mineral that helps to prevent chromosomal damage in eggs. Selenium is an antioxidant that helps to protect the body from free radicals, allowing for better egg production.
- Cinammon – this spice can improve ovarian function and encourage proper egg production by improving insulin resistance. It is especially helpful for women who suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Take about 1⁄4 teaspoon of cinnamon a day,
- Eggs are an important source of protein and essential fats.
- Sesame seeds are high in zinc. They can help with the hormone production responsible for good egg health. Sesame seeds are also high in monounsaturated fats which is important for egg production. Hummus contains tahini (sesame seed paste), so eating a couple of portions of hummus each week is a great way to include this food in your diet.