Some of the important nutrients found in black beans include: protein, folate, B6, iron and zinc. These important vitamins help to improve your fertility. Zinc is a essential for fertility, and especially for men. Zinc is involved in:
- Building good sperm
- Healthy testicles
- Increases sperm counts
- Improves hormone levels
- Increases fertility
- Keeps the immune system healthy
- Helps Iron to be absorbed.
In men vitamin C is helpful to:
- Keep sperm from clumping
- Improves movement
- Other good sources of vitamin C are oranges and strawberries
Tomatoes offer B6, folate, B12, vitamin A and vitamin E. Vitamin A is essential for the utilization of proteins, minerals, and other vitamins. Vitamin E is necessary for the reproductive system of both sexes. In women it is essential for:
- The endocrine system
- Absorption of other essential fats that make the good hormones
For men vitamin E helps with:
- Producing sperm and key sex hormones
- Protects the sperm from mutation
- Additional sources for vitamin E are watercress, dark leafy greens, liver, sunflower oil, pumpkin seeds and wheat germ.
Black Bean Fertility Soup
by Lesley Vance
2 cans of organic low-sodium black beans, drained (or use dried black beans that have been soaked and drained)
1 can of organic low-sodium diced tomatoes (or use organic fresh tomatoes)
1 small can of organic diced green chilies (use organic fresh chilies if available)
1 cup diced organic red bell pepper
½ cup chopped organic white onions
½ cup chopped organic cilantro
½ teaspoon minced organic garlic
1 tablespoon grape-seed oil (or coconut oil) for sauteing the onions and garlic
1-2 teaspoons cumin powder (use to taste)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Garnish: organic Mexican cheeses, grated on top before serving
Saute onions and garlic in grape-seed oil in large pot. Then add cilantro, drained black beans, chilies, diced tomatoes and seasonings. Stir.
Bring to light boil, then reduce heat to simmer and let it simmer for 20 minutes with a lid on the pot. Stir frequently. It’s even better the 2nd and 3rd day because the flavors have blended.
Feel free to garnish with light sour cream, sprigs of cilantro, and white cheeses. Enjoy!
Nutritional Info: http://www.cdc.gov