Bone Broth for Fertility
When undergoing IVF or trying to conceive naturally, dietary modifications are often overlooked, yet it is especially important to be eating the right sorts of foods to optimise your reproductive potential and support your body through this journey. One simple way to do this is to incorporate bone broth into your daily diet.
This humble food has a long history in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for boosting fertility and has been steadily gaining popularity in the West in recent times. And it’s not hard to see why, it’s packed with beneficial nutrients including essential amino acids, collagen, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, and a variety of other trace minerals.
In TCM, Kidney energy plays an important role in birth, growth, development, and reproduction. The Kidney contains a vital essence known as Jing. As we age, our Jing becomes depleted. Conceiving, carrying and nursing a baby also draws on our reserves of Jing. Those with weakened Jing may experience infertility, chronic miscarriage, poor egg quality, low sperm count/quality, impotence, low libido, lower back pain, premature greying, and poor memory and concentration. The bones are governed by the Kidney system, and bone marrow is associated directly with the Kidney Jing. So it makes sense that consuming bone broth before, during and after pregnancy can help to support and replenish the Jing. A cup a day is recommended to reap the benefits.
Bone broth is not just for parents and parents-to-be, in fact it boasts a whole range of health benefits:
- Anti-inflammatory properties due to arginine and glycine content
- Contains chondroitin and glucosamine and can alleviate arthritis symptoms and help with other joint problems
- Benefits the digestive system, by soothing, healing and sealing the gut lining and may relieve leaky gut, IBS, IBD and other gastrointestinal disorders
- Boosts immunity and is especially helpful during cold and flu season
- High collagen and mineral content strengthen all connective tissue in the body, giving you strong nails, shiny hair and glowing skin
It is easy to make your own bone broth at home. If you do not fancy making your own, you can source some from your local health food shop or purchase online. We recommend Broth & Co.