Another healthy fat to be mindful of is omega 3 fatty acids. The unsaturated omega 3 fatty acids, which are commonly found in cold-water fish like salmon or halibut, flax seeds and walnuts, are good for you and more importantly, good for fetal development once you are pregnant. “It’s imperative that women who’d like to optimize fertility (more on infertility and soy), get an optimal ratio of Omega 3 fatty acids, and monounsaturated fatty acids in their diet. Omega 3 fatty acids are found in fish oils and planetary sources. … Although planetary sources are beneficial, research shows the best absorption of Omega 3’s come via fish oils,” says Clinical Nutritionist Stella Metsovas, who owns W8LESS Nutrition in Laguna Beach, California.
Know your nutrients
In addition to the right fats, keeping a good balance of nutrients in your body for optimum health is really important as well. Metsovas recommends eating a good amount of foods rich in vitamin B12 and folic acid. “Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) is needed by the body to use oxygen, support the adrenal glands, and works to convert nutrients into our cells (making ATP). Folic acid is considered the most important nutrient to supplement with, prior to conceiving. I recommend including natural sources in adjunct to supplementation. Best sources include: Dark green leafy vegetables, beetroot, broccoli, and avocados,” says Metsovas.
Another important nutrient is vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant that can protect a woman’s eggs, she says.
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