Eating liver can improve your fertility. Yes, it’s true. And, being it is Spring–the season of the Liver and Gallbladder in Traditional Oriental Medicine, I thought it was a good time to talk about one of my favorite fertility enhancing foods.
In my practice I regularly recommend that my fertility patients consume a 3-4 ounces of liver each week.
For some of you the thought of eating liver may bring up some concerns:
* Ewww..it doesn’t sounds appealing at all
* Isn’t liver the detoxifying organ? Is it even safe to eat liver?
* How does it help with infertility?
OK, let’s break it down.
Yes, I know that liver doesn’t sound appealing to many however have you ever had liver pate? It is so yummy. And, yet another reason to eat it: liver is one of the most nutrient dense foods we can consume.
Liver is the detoxifying organ, however it does not store the toxins–it just detoxifies. The toxins cleared out by the liver are stored in body fat, tissues and bile of the animal and are hopefully (in a healthy functioning body) excreted. Although, with the overly toxic conditions of commercial farming techniques, I only recommend consuming organic liver.
As I said, liver is one of the most nutrient dense foods out there–I look at it like nature’s multivitamin and here’s why:
* It is one of the best sources of high-quality protein (21 grams of protein in 3.5 ounces!)
* It’s nature’s most concentrated source of vitamin A–a fat soluble vitamin that plays an important role in reproduction.
* It’s the ultimate B complex–containing all B vitamins in abundace, particularly vitamin B12.
* It contains inositol, which is in the B vitamin family. Inositol is responsible for the healthy maturation of follicles in the ovaries.
* It is the best sources of folate (or what you would know as folic acid–read here on why it’s so important to get folate from foods rather than folic acid from supplements)
* It provides our bodies with one of the most usable forms of iron.
* It’s an amazing source of choline which is an imperative nutrient for fertility and fetal development.
* It contains fertility enhancing and egg quality improving trace elements zinc and CoQ10.
Now you can see why I love liver so much for helping women get pregnant. It not only contains nutrients that improve egg quality, but it’s one of the best sources of folate you can find and it’s rich in fertility boosting vitamin A.
Still feeling squeamish about eating liver? Then take it in capsule form. My favorite brand, Dr. Ron’s, uses liver from organic grass-fed New Zealand lambs.