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Fertile Food Summer Series – Dark Chocolate…and Oysters

By Tracey Minella

August 2nd, 2013 at 11:44 pm

image courtesy of idea go/freedigitalphotos.net

 

 

 

Welcome back to Long Island IVF’s “Fertile Food Friday Summer Series”*! This is our fifth week of focusing on foods that can potentially boost male or female fertility. If you missed them, be sure to check out our earlier featured foods…including avocados, blueberries, red meat, and tomatoes…covered the past few Fridays.

This week we’re focusing on Zinc. Many people know Oysters are loaded with zinc…but many people gag at the thought of slurping down raw oysters (including me!) So, we can get our zinc from other foods, including  Dark Chocolate!

So how can zinc help your fertility?

Zinc is a mineral and also a known aphrodisiac. And what infertile couple …faced with libido-wilting intrusions like temperature charts and fertility shots…couldn’t use a little help now and then getting in the mood? Zinc is critical for both female and male fertility.

According to Natural Fertility Info, not only can an insufficient zinc level contribute to early miscarriage, but it can deplete follicular fluid levels and thereby impede the egg’s ability travel to and implant into the uterus. Zinc has a crucial role in the production of mature eggs capable of being fertilized and in the hormonal regulation of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Like a woman’s eggs, a man’s sperm relies on a sufficient supply of zinc in order to produce a strong tail and mature to a stage capable of journeying to and fertilizing an egg. Even if fertilization does occur, low levels of zinc in men can be responsible for chromosomal defects that contribute to early miscarriage. *

If you have known or suspected male factor infertility, have fibroids, have had a miscarriage, or have hormonal regulatory issues, eating a diet rich in zinc-rich foods may help. Or ask your physician about zinc supplementation. Zinc and copper levels are related and your doctor can help you regulate both. Never take any supplements without your doctor’s approval since unsupervised supplementation can be harmful.

photo credit: primallyinspired.com

This week, I am sharing a simple recipe for Homemade Dark Chocolate that is healthy and versatile! You can dip or cover Vitamin C-rich fruits in it, pour it over calcium-rich ice cream, or even layer it in candy molds with some peanut butter (another high-zinc food) for some decadent, fun peanut butter cups. The recipe is from Kelly over at PrimallyInspired. Get the recipe here: http://bit.ly/17Zh6AR

Oy! I almost forgot the Oysters. If you’d like to know how to prepare them on the grill with a quick little mango salsa, check out this great Food Network You Tube video of expert chef Bobby Flay. It’s under a minute long. http://youtu.be/UpWQOT2qMO0

If you make either recipe, come back and tell me how it was!

And if you can’t eat oysters or chocolate, here’s a great “top 10” list of other foods rich in zinc. http://bit.ly/1bV26cT

image courtesy of Tina Phillips/freedigitlaphotos.net

 

*Disclaimer:Any recipe we offer is only meant for those who aren’t sensitive or allergic to the ingredients. Recipes are shared simply for fun only and nothing contained herein constitutes medical advice or a guarantee that eating any particular food will have any effect on your fertility. And remember NEVER to take any vitamin, mineral, dietary or other supplements unless advised to do so by your physician.

 

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Have a recipe high in zinc? If so, please share it here. And if you try these, let us know what you thought.

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Chocolate splash photo credit: Idea go/ http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/agree-terms.php?id=10012400

Oyster photo credit: Tina Phillips/  http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/agree-terms.php?id=10019608

Homemade Chocolate photo credit: Kelly/ http://www.primallyinspired.com/easy-healthy-homemade-dark-chocolate/

 

 

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Fertile Food Friday– Red Meat

By Tracey Minella

July 12th, 2013 at 10:24 pm

 

recipe and photo courtesy of primally-inspired.com


Fertile Food Friday– Red Meat

Welcome back to Long Island IVF’s “Fertile Food Fridays”*! This is our third week of focusing on foods that can potentially boost male or female fertility. If you missed them, be sure to check out our first two featured foods…avocados and blueberries…covered the past two Fridays.

Next up to the plate…Red Meat.

Step outside at dinnertime most summer evenings and you can smell something good on the neighbor’s grill. And chances are it’s some kind of red meat.

Red meat is a great source of iron. Iron deficiency is common in women of bearing age and also can contribute to ovulatory infertility. In fact, a large study found that “women who consumed iron supplements had a significantly lower risk of ovulatory infertility than women who did not use iron supplements” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17077236 . More precisely, they had a 40% less risk of ovulatory infertility than those who did not use supplements. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/14/health/14fert.html

If you are trying to conceive, and suspect you may be iron deficient, ask your doctor to check your iron level. This is done with a simple CBC blood test to see if your red blood cell count is adequate. Red blood cells deliver oxygen to all the cells and tissues of your body, including your ovaries and uterus**. If your red blood cell count is too low, you may be anemic, and may be instructed to take iron supplements or make dietary changes. Never take any supplements without your doctor’s approval since too much iron can be harmful.

Symptoms of anemia** may include:

mild to severe fatigue
• chronic headaches
• dizziness
• brittle or weak nails
• decreased appetite
• low blood pressure

According to the Mayo Clinic, some iron-rich foods include red meat, leafy green vegetables like spinach, beans, eggs, dried fruit, and other items. In addition, eating foods rich in Vitamin C, like peppers, helps your body absorb iron. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/iron-deficiency-anemia/DS00323/DSECTION=prevention.

So this week’s recipe is a winner because it provides iron from steak and spinach, plus Vitamin C from the peppers to help you absorb the iron. Give yourself a break from those boring old burgers and try this amazing Stuffed Flank Steak, courtesy of Kelly over at Primally-Inspired. http://www.primallyinspired.com/stuffed-flank-steak/. <<<Get the recipe here. And while you are over there, check out Kelly’s other great recipes for those with a primal palette. Or here it is below:

STUFFED FLANK STEAK

4 or more servings

Ingredients:

1 ½ – 2 lb flank or skirt steak

2 – 4 T olive or coconut oil

4 – 6 oz mushrooms, sliced thin

1 shallot, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

5 – 6 pieces prosciutto

2 roasted red peppers (from a jar or make your own), cut into thin strips

1 bunch of fresh spinach

1/3 cup blue cheese crumbles (omit if you cannot eat dairy)

salt and pepper, to taste

½ tsp smoked paprika

kitchen twine

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350.

Starting with the long side of your flank steak, cut it in half carefully, but don’t cut all the way through to the other end (butterfly it). You want to cut it and open it like a book. Once it’s cut and open like a book, place a piece of plastic or parchment over it and pound it to uniform thickness – about ¼ of an inch thick.

In the largest skillet you have (must fit the rolled up steak), pour 1 – 2 T oil in the pan over medium low heat. Add your shallot, garlic, and mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes. Season them with salt and pepper.

Add the mushroom mixture to the flank steak, leaving 2 to 3 inches of open space on one of the long ends.

Add the red peppers on top of the mushrooms. Then add the prosciutto slices all over the red peppers. Then add your spinach all over the prosciutto. Next sprinkle the blue cheese all over the spinach.

Starting with the long end (not the end that you left 2-3 inches of space), roll up carefully.

Now tie kitchen twine around your roll about every 2 inches. Salt and pepper and sprinkle the smoked paprika all over the outside of the roll.

Pour 1- 2 T oil back in the skillet and turn the heat to medium high.

Sear your roll on all sides until browned – it takes about a minute each side.

Transfer your skillet to the oven and cook for 20 minutes (for medium).

After the 20 minutes is up, take it out and tent your steak with aluminum foil. Let rest for 10 minutes. For steak done more than medium: cook in the oven for 30 minutes, tent steak and let rest for 10 minutes.

To serve: cut off the twine and slice in ½ – 1 inch slices and enjoy!

 

Once you make it, come back and tell me how great it was!

*Disclaimer:Any recipe we offer is only meant for those who aren’t sensitive or allergic to the ingredients. Recipes are shared simply for fun only and nothing contained herein constitutes medical advice or a guarantee that eating any particular food will have any affect on your fertility.

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Do you know your iron level? Have any recipes high in iron-rich foods that you’d like to share? If so, please share it here. And if you try this one, let us know what you thought.

 

 

** http://natural-fertility-info.com/iron-fertility-anemia.html

Photo credit: Primally-inspired

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