Sue Bedford (MSc Nutritional Therapy)
Start your day in a fabulous way with this fertility-friendly ‘Cherries, Berries and Cream’ Summer Fertility Smoothie.
Cherries are in season and are a great source of polyphenols and antioxidants (high in vitamin C). They include vitamin A, vitamin B6, and vitamin K, as well as anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid having antioxidant qualities and anti-inflammatory characteristics. Zinc, calcium, iron, manganese, and magnesium are just a few of the many minerals that cherries are an excellent source of. The immune system benefits from vitamin C, and it also aids in the absorption of iron from food, which is crucial for both men and women hoping to conceive. Sperm viability and motility are both impacted by vitamin C.
Natural live yoghurt is great for the gut as it contains friendly probiotic bacteria (such as lactobacillus)- all health starts in the gut. It is also a good source of protein, calcium and provides selenium too.
Berries are a fantastic source of antioxidants as-well as vitamins, minerals and fibre to help ‘zap’ those free radicals that can lead to oxidative stress in cells and thus helping prevent damage to the DNA, which has an anti-ageing effect on cells. They also help with cognitive function, keeping the brain healthy and helping lower inflammation in the body.
These ingredients combined pack a great nutritional punch that not only helps to hydrate our cells but provides anti- inflammatory and antioxidant benefits too which help support overall health, are great for anti-ageing of cells and help support the reproductive and immune system too.
Cherries, Berries and Cream Summer Fertility Smoothie (makes 2)
16 cherries- destoned (can be frozen)
10 strawberries, washed and hulled
350g Natural yoghurt or kefir
Place all ingredients into a blender/smoothie maker and blend. Pour into a glass over ice and enjoy!