Brussel Sprouts – you either love them or hate them. According to a London-based fertility clinic, you should try to love them and not push them away at Christmas if you’re trying to conceive as sexy sprouts are a great baby-making super food!
Don’t push away those sprouts at Christmas if you’re trying to conceive. Apparently sexy sprouts are a baby making super food!
Did you know that December is officially the sexiest month of the year in the UK calendar? According to studies over nine per cent1 of all conceptions take place in the period between Christmas and New Year, so the festive season is definitely the fertile season! Although parties and over- indulgence could be factors in Christmas conception; research suggests that it’s more than a sprig of mistletoe that ignites the Christmas baby-boom!
In fact scientists believe that the colder weather could also contribute to a man’s fertility levels2. Moreover, other factors associated with enhancing a person’s fertility often happen at this time of year- such as socialising, relaxing and eating brussel sprouts -yes brussel sprouts!
Guest blogger for EssexBaby.co.uk, Neema Savvides, Nutritional Therapist with the Harley Street Fertility Clinic says:
“Believe it or not this green micro cabbage is a baby making super food. Firstly, they are bursting with folic acid which is essential for boosting fertility in both men and women. This vitamin rich source also increases sperm levels and helps line the womb with the right nutrients raising sperm survival chances.
“Another benefit of this folic rich food is that it also helps to decrease the risk of miscarriages and birth defects.”
This fertility-friendly vegetable also contains a phytonutrient called di-indolylmethane (DIM), which helps women metabolize balanced levels of estrogen (especially important for those struggling with fibroids and endometriosis). In fact, DIM binds to environmental estrogens like pesticides and hormones in dairy and meat products and helps rid the body of excess hormonal activities. Besides boosting your fertility, other advantages of these little green gems include lowering cholesterol levels, being a rich source of antioxidants and fibre as well as having anti-inflammatory properties. So banish those memories of over boiled, flavorless sludge and try something new to spruce up your sprouts!
For more information you can visit: www.hsfc.org.uk.
The author: Neema Savvides has a Diploma in Nutritional Therapy and is a fully qualified member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT). She is a guest blogger at EssexBaby.co.uk and you can follow her on Twitter or Linkedin. The Harley Street Fertility Clinic provides patients with the latest and most advanced treatments in the field of fertility within a friendly and supportive environment and has seen its success rates rise to those of the best in London within just two years.
1. Dr Brooke Magnati , Sexy time: December 11 is most fertile day of year, Telegraph, 11 Dec 2012
2. Stephen Somkuti (M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in the department of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphias), conceiveonline.com/articles/changing-fertility-seasons.