I am sure all you laydeez will love this information! (Especially those of you who are thinking of starting families). Things you didn’t know you didn't know (yes, that's a deliberate repetition!) about aubergines, avocados and pears. It is not just a coincidence that these fruits and veg all resemble the female reproductive system in their shape, as they target the health and function of the uterus and cervix. Here are some fascinating facts I have discovered about them:
Aubergines These members of the squash family are known for balancing hormones and helping female fertility, as they are rich in natural phyto-oestrogens, chemicals in plants that are similar to female hormones (It’s quite appropriate that they are also known as EGG plants, isn’t it?!)
Pears These fruits are extremely nutritious generally, especially for pregnant women or those trying to conceive. They prevent high blood-pressure and stroke, and they are also rich in folic acid, which helps to prevent neural tube defects in babies. Additionally pear-shaped women are the ones who are considered to be the most fertile!
Avocados My favourite of the three, not only because they taste awesome, but also because of their numerous nutritional benefits, one of which is related to human fertility. Avocado was considered the “fertility fruit” in ancient times by the Aztecs, for men as well as women. One reason for this is that it has a high vitamin E content. Today’s research shows that when women eat one avocado per week it balances their hormones, sheds excess baby weight and helps to prevent cervical cancers. A recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health showed that avocados and olive oil could help women trying to conceive through IVF – they could triple their chances of conception (due to the mono-unsaturated fat in these foodstuffs). Women hoping to conceive have been advised to eat an avocado every day.
PS The stone in the avocado resembles a baby in the womb and it takes exactly NINE months for one avocado to grow from a blossom to a ripened fruit!
(That is an avocado tree in the picture, with the two children, which seemed fitting!)
Isn’t nature wonderful???
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