From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac. DNBAO…
This past week we have been writing and talking about New Year’s resolutions including ways to improve your health with every-day foods. Although many of us strive to eat healthier, I think it’s always easier to make a change when you feel strongly motivated or have a specific reason to do so. Improving IVF outcomes is a strong reason to motivate any couple to change their diet. Last week we talked about Immune Empowering Diets as well as Diet & Fertility as it relates to women. Today’s post is all about immune empowering carbohydrates and how they relate to male fertility.
Carbohydrates are an important macronutrient and source of fuel for your body. When we think major diseases that affect Americans today such as heart disease, allergies, asthma, autoimmune disorders, or osteoarthritis they are seemingly unrelated. However, they have a common culprit: inflammation. Foods that contain high levels of antioxidants, minerals, and essential fatty acids can all help to reduce inflammation, boost your immune system, as well as benefit your health in unexpected ways.
In a study completed 10 years ago, the antioxidant supplement, Menevit, was found to reduce oxidative stress in sperm and improve IVF outcomes. What was in the supplement? Lycopene (found in tomatoes), Vitamin C, Vitamin E, zinc, selenium, as well as a few other antioxidants. Foods with dark pigments have high antioxidant levels. So when you think of eating carbohydrates, think of eating from the rainbow-reds, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, and purples. Tomatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, kale, blueberries, and grapes. Who knew that choosing the right carbohydrates could improve your immune system and give sperm a boost? Similarly, eating carbohydrates without color (pasta, bread, white rice, etc…) have the potential to increase levels of inflammation. Choose quinoa, brown rice, and buckwheat instead.
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Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO
Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Chinese Herbology and Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Jessica founded OMBE to integrate the best of Eastern and Western medicine. The center’s green philosophy reflects her commitment to the environment.Acupuncture