Fertility Boost: 11 Low Glycemic Foods for Stable Blood Sugar and Improved Reproductive Health
Maintaining stable blood sugar levels is not only essential for overall health but also plays a crucial role in fertility. In a recent interview with Zarafshan Shiraz of HT Lifestyle, Dr. Priyanka Dilip Kumar, a Senior Consultant in Reproductive Medicine and High-Risk Obstetrician, highlighted a list of 11 foods that are low on the glycemic index. These foods provide essential nutrients to enhance fertility without causing a rapid rise in blood sugar levels.
- Berries: Loaded with antioxidants, berries, including strawberries, are known to protect eggs against damage and aging. Additionally, strawberries are believed to have libido-boosting properties.
- Leafy Greens: Spinach, curry leaves, fenugreek, and broccoli, rich in folate (B vitamin), aid ovulation and naturally increase women’s libido.
- Beans: The lean protein and iron in beans contribute to increased fertility and libido. Their high fiber content helps in prolonged satiety, and their low glycemic index makes them important for diabetes-friendly diets.
- Figs: Scientifically proven to be a stimulant, figs are rich in iron, crucial for egg and ovulation health.
- Vegetables and Fruits: Consuming up to three servings of fresh fruits and vegetables daily is emphasized when trying to conceive.
- Full-Fat Milk: A nutrient-rich beverage, full-fat milk contains calcium, vitamin D, and protein, supporting hormone function and a healthy menstrual cycle, thereby improving fertility.
- Spinach: With a glycemic index close to zero, spinach is a year-round vegetable that helps stabilize blood sugar levels, making it a healthy choice for individuals with diabetes.
- Collard Greens: Part of the cruciferous vegetable family, collard greens provide nutrients at low calories and aid in stabilizing blood glucose levels in diabetics.
- Mustard Greens: Low in calories and fats, mustard greens are rich in phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber that helps control cholesterol levels.
- Sweet Potatoes: With a glycemic index of 44, sweet potatoes are considered a good food for diabetics, helping maintain blood sugar within a healthy range.
- Apple: A low glycemic index fruit with high fiber content and natural sugars, apples are an excellent choice for maintaining stable blood sugar levels.
Dr. Priyanka Dilip Kumar emphasizes that incorporating these foods into one’s diet can contribute to stable blood sugar levels and provide essential nutrients to enhance fertility. It’s important to note that maintaining a balanced and nutrient-rich diet, coupled with a healthy lifestyle, can positively impact reproductive health. As always, individuals with specific health concerns or conditions should consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice.