By Sue Bedford
Enjoy peaches and nectarines while they are in season and give your fertility and health a boost with their fantastic nutritional properties…
In relation to fertility, peaches contain beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A (any orange or yellow fruits or vegetables – think beta- carotene) and helps to produce the female sex hormones (oestrogen and progesterone). These hormones are important for ovulation and for the regulation of the menstrual cycle. Beta-carotene is the plant-based precursor to vitamin A. It helps to protect from conditions related to oestrogen dominance in women and men, such as, breast cysts, heavy menstrual bleeding, obesity, stress to name a few.
A wholefood, nutrient dense diet can help to rectify this situation. Peaches and nectarines are also rich in selenium along with vitamin C which are important re egg and sperm quality. Try to buy organic peaches and nectarines if possible or give them a good wash.
Other health benefits of enjoying peaches
- Skin health- important source of vitamin C which helps in the production of collagen. Peaches also contain antioxidants such as lutein which helps maintain healthy eyes and skin
- As a diuretic, being rich in magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, they help to remove excess water from the body
- Low in calories and contain no fat
- On their own raw
- With yoghurt or fromage frais
- Make into a sorbet
- In salads
- Cook with chicken
- In smoothies
Why not try making this lovely peaches and cream fertility smoothie?
Two peaches – stone removed
A quarter cup organic natural yoghurt
Sprinkle of sunflower seeds
A little water and ice as required
Place into a blender or juicer until smooth and enjoy.