Immune Empowering Diet for Fertility: Part II
From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac. DNBAO…
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 about 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 is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery and discovered the many benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Jessica is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is also a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics, a specialty certification held by fewer than 500 acupuncturists in the United States.
Jessica currently maintains a private acupuncture practice in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, which was awarded Best Acupuncture Center by Boston Magazine. Areas of specialty include women's health, pregnancy, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. If you are interested in learning about the benefits of acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please visit the acupuncture + fertility page. New patients can book online to schedule any acupuncture service including a complimentary consult. Jessica also serves as a health care consultant for a number of integrative medical institutes. Her clients include IVF and infertility centers, functional medicine offices, orthopedic facilities, concierge practices, and green spas. Please contact OMBE for more information about these services.
Prior to her consulting work, Jessica founded an integrative health center in Boston. The eco-friendly center was one of the first twenty-five companies certified as a Sustainable Business Leader in Boston. During its ten-year tenure, the center provided services including acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, naturopathy, nutritional counseling, personal training, Pilates, and yoga. Studio offerings included mom and baby programming, Mongan Method Hypnobirthing, natural childbirth education and the Holistic Moms Network. The center was the recipient of several awards, including Mayor Menino's Green Business Award, a multiple recipient of Boston Business Journal's Best Workplace, Boston Magazine's Best of Boston Award for Massage Therapy as well as Best Eco-Friendly Massage, Eco-Beauty Bar, Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Pilates, and Workout.