Egg quality is directly related to fertility. A woman is born with all her eggs in lifetime, but the quality of the egg decreases as age advances. Healthy eggs yield a higher success rate of pregnancy.
In young women egg quality is superior and with no anomalies. High quality eggs are only getting fertilized but if exceptionally poor quality got fertilised it will lead to miscarriage or other complications in baby.
Anti-Mullerian hormone test shows potential egg cell reserve of a woman but till date there is no test that shows quality of egg. An egg is prepared for ovulation after 90 days. Quality of eggs depends on hormonal balance, diet, lifestyle, stress etc. Women can improve the quality of eggs by incorporating certain food in their everyday diet plan. Book your appointment at the best IVF centre in Hyderabad.
Diet to improve egg quality of egg: Diet plays pivotal role in improving quality of eggs. Balanced diet aids in providing proper nutrition, improving blood circulation to all areas of the body, maintaining hormonal balance, and keeping the reproductive system healthy. Have you heard of the Rainbow diet? It means adding more colours to your plate by including a variety of fruits and vegetables.
Green leafy vegetables: Spinach, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and other leafy vegetables are good source of iron, manganese, folate, calcium and vitamins like A, B, C, E. Add these vegetables in soups, salads, curries, dal, rice, and smoothies to gain multiple benefits. It will help in improving the health of your eggs.
Legumes and beans: Chickpeas, kidney beans, peanuts, black beans, green peas are rich in protein as well as it provides iron, vitamin B complex, magnesium. Iron deficiency can lead to ovulation problems. Lentils are a good source of folate and maintain good hormonal balance.
Avocados: Avocados are packed with nutrition and act as superfood for fertility issues. It contains monounsaturated fat that helps in enhancing egg quality as well as health of the reproductive system. Avocados can go well with many recipes of salad, smoothies, sandwiches, dips, and spreads.
Water: Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water every day. To keep yourself hydrated you can add fluids in different forms like fresh fruit juices, coconut water, smoothies, soups etc. Water intake will ensure the internal system runs smoothly and optimise quality of egg.
Dry fruit and nuts: Almonds, cashews, walnuts, Brazil nuts, resins etc are considered reservoirs of energy and rich in protein. Different dry fruits and nuts have different nutritional substances. Brazil nuts are a high source of selenium, which prevents chromosomal damage in eggs. Dry fruits act as antioxidants and provide minerals in vitamins to the body. Snacking on dry fruits should be part of the fertility diet. Visit the best IVF centre in Hyderabad.
Berries: Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and cranberries are tastier options to boost the health of eggs. Berries are a good source of antioxidants, vitamin C, folate and prevent cell damage.
Sesame seeds: These tiny seeds have lots of nutrition. Sesame seeds are high in zinc and regulate hormonal balance which is important for the health of eggs. Sesame seeds contain monounsaturated fats. Sprinkle them on salads, cereals, sandwiches, and burgers. Use them in dips, curries, rice etc.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon is helpful especially in women diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Cinnamon regulates ovarian function and aids in egg production by preventing insulin resistance. Adding cinnamon in your diet will boost equality. If a small amount of cinnamon is consumed daily, it will work like miracles. Cinnamon can be added to tea, toast, baked goodies, smoothies, oatmeal as well toast.
Ginger: This is another superfood with anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger promotes proper digestion and enhances blood circulation. It will regulate the function of the reproductive system, balance out menstrual cycles and decrease inflammation in reproductive organs. Best way to incorporate ginger is adding it into your drinks like tea, soups. Ginger is also effective in weight loss which is required to maintain healthy body weight.
Fertility Supplements: Along with diet and prenatal supplements, good quality fertility supplements can improve the quality of egg, take them as per strict supervision of your IVF Specialist.
Coenzyme Q10 is antioxidant and enhances mitochondrial function. Melatonin is also an antioxidant. It encourages ovarian function and promotes sleep. Fish oil (EPA/DHA) can help improve eggs quality and aid in reproductive function at advanced maternal age.
Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, that will react with the DNA of the egg and cause mutation. Do not consume junk food, canned and packed food. Visit today, the best IVF centre in Hyderabad.
For expert advice, book your appointment with Dr. Chandana Lakkireddy, IVF specialist
Director and Founder of Esha IVF centre, Hyderabad.