It’s officially the first day of Fall and there’s no better way to welcome in this festive season than to celebrate its most-loved spices! Fall is undoubtedly the most flavorful, golden season of all and it marks the beginning of bonfires, cuddling, hoodies, and serves the most delectable dishes for your savory palate.
Read on to learn about the fall spices that may help boost your preconception health for you and your partner.
Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice
From delicious pumpkin pies to insatiable lattes, pumpkin spice is arguably the most used spice during the autumn season. Pumpkins are packed with a high amount of zinc, which is amazing for both female and male fertility.
Dr Venkat, Director of Harley Street Fertility Clinic, explains the relationship between zinc and male fertility: “Pumpkin seeds are considered one of the most important trace minerals to date for male fertility, as zinc has been known to increase semen and testosterone levels”.
Zinc found in pumpkin seeds may also help improve a woman’s prenatal health by maintaining optimal follicular fluid levels, balancing hormones, and plays a role in egg production.
Natural Fertility refers to turmeric as an herbal anti-inflammatory and a power antioxidant, which helps improve a woman’s: “Ability to help the body fight free radicals, which hinders tissue degeneration and inhibits pro-inflammatory molecules”.
Turmeric also helps protect the liver by regenerating liver cells and stimulates enzymes that flush toxins out of the body, which aids in hormonal balance.
Rich in fertility-boosting vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, B6, C, E, and manganese, cayenne is the perfect spice to give your meals an extra kick. In fact, the University of Maryland Medical Center reports that: “Vitamin A is essential to the healthy development of your baby from conception to birth. These effects arise from vitamin A’s impact on cellular reproduction, which also affects the number and quality of a man’s sperm cells”.
Try making a fertility-friendly dish, spicy chicken Milanese with cayenne. See the full recipe here.
According to The Essential Edible Pharmacy written by Sophie Manolas: “Ginger is loaded with active compound gingerol, which has been shown to ease menstrual cramps, reduce digestive discomfort and bloating”. Ginger is also an excellent, natural remedy for morning sickness.
Baby Prepping discusses the healthy benefits of ginger tea and how it may help increase a woman’s chances of conception: “This rhizome is also known for its ability to increase blood flow to the reproductive organs. Try a cup of spicy ginger tea and improve your chances of pregnancy”.
Give your favorite salad an update by creating Japanese carrot and ginger dressing. See the ingredients below:
- 1 knob of ginger
- 1 carrot
- ¼ onion, peeled and chopped
- 2 tablespoons of unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons of sesame oil
- 3 tablespoons of extra virgin oil
- 1 tablespoon of miso paste
- A pinch of salt
- 2 spring onion (scallion)