Food for Family Planning-fertility and conception   

Food for Family Planning-Cinnamon

Fertility and conception
In the preparation stage before pregnancy, the nutritional focus is on increasing the nutrients needed for egg and sperm health and reducing the factors that may harm these. Vitamins A and C and other antioxidants can help protect the egg and sperm from damage by chemicals and pollutants. Low levels of zinc may affect fertility in both men and women, while folic acid levels have to be high to help prevent birth defects. Good dietary protein levels are also required for conception.

In this column we focus on foods that provide dense nutritional content, and that offer an alternative to processed foods, caffeine and high-sugar foods that may
affect fertility. Guidelines also support weight loss before pregnancy, the safe time for any excess to be lost.

Cinnamon is a powerful spice and a traditional aphrodisiac.
it also helps reduce cravings for sweet foods that rob us of
the nutrients we need for reproduction.

The active compound found in cinnamon, methylhydroxychalcone polymer (MHCP), acts in the same way as the hormone insulin, taking sugars from dietary sources from the bloodstream into our cells to be used as energy. Eating too many refined sugars in the form of cakes, biscuits and sweets causes sudden surges of sugar into the bloodstream and sets up a cycle of sugar highs and lows, whereby the body regularly craves sugar and often caffeine in order to pull itself out of an energy slump. Just half a teaspoon of cinnamon per day has been shown to decrease excess blood sugar and put an end to these cravings.
Cinnamon is also a strong antioxidant and works hard to protect the body from damage.

● Contains the substance MHCP. which evens out blood sugar levels and supports a sustained release of energy.
● Breaks the cycles of dependence on sugar, caffeine and other stimulants that undermine fertility.
● Its powerful antioxidant properties help prevent and even repair damage caused by excess dietary sugars.

Major Nutrients per 15 G/ 1/2 OZ Ground Cinnamon (Cassia)

Kcalories 37
Total fat 0.19g
Protein 0.59g
Carbohydrate 12.09g
Fibre 7.97g
Vitamin C 0.57mg
Vitamin A 44.25 IU
Calcium 150.3mg
Manganese 2.62mg

Practical tips
Powdered cinnamon spice is stronger than the stick form, but it does not stay fresh for as long - replace when the characteristic smell has faded.

Cinnamon naturally sweetens food, so add to juices, porridge, yogurt or cereal. Do not take supplements or
consume cinnamon in large amounts during pregnancy.

Did you know?
In traditional Chinese medicine, cinnamon is used to treat male infertility by increasing the yang energy, and by increasing the blood flow to the reproductive organs in both sexes. 

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