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
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
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
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
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
● 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
Major Nutrients per 15 G/ 1/2 OZ
Ground Cinnamon (Cassia)
Total fat 0.19g
Vitamin C 0.57mg
Vitamin A 44.25 IU
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
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.