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Last Updated: Jan 10, 2023

Foods to keep your ovaries healthy

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Dr. Vishakha MunjalGynaecologist • 39 Years Exp.Visiting Consultant - (Apollo Cradle - Nehru Enclave) , MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology, MBBS, Apollo Spectra - Kailash colony,Paras Bliss - East of kailash, Moolchand - Lajpat Nagar Neelkanth - Gurgaon
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The ovaries play a major role in the female reproduction system. They contain numerous follicles, each holding the capability to form a mature egg. Hence it is extremely important for you to keep your ovaries healthy. Healthy ovaries secrete the essential sex hormones required for reproduction. Here are a few food items you might consider consuming in order to keep your ovaries healthy:

1.        Foods rich in Vitamin A: Vitamin A is extremely important to keep your ovaries healthy. Vitamin A enables the ovaries to start the process of meiosis. Meiosis contributes to the production of eggs. Your diet must include small amounts of Vitamin A everyday. Some foods rich with vitamin A are carrots, cod liver oil, kale, eggs, milk, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, spinach, etc. 

2.        Food rich with selenium: Selenium is an extremely important mineral when it comes to the health of ovaries. It activates a group of enzymes called the glutathione peroxidases, which then perform the function of antioxidants. Hence, the mineral helps to protect your tissues for any kind of oxidative damage. Oxidative damages might cause an increase in the risk of suffering from genetic mutations which could eventually lead to cancer. It also helps to activate a protein called the Sep15 which has cancer fighting abilities. Selenium can also lower the risk of suffering from ovarian cancer. Foods like whole wheat bread, meat, Brazilian nuts, shellfish and eggs can supply you with the required amount of selenium. 

3.        Food rich in Vitamin C: Vitamin C helps prevent ovarian cancer. It provides a natural protection to the ovaries from any kind of diseases which might affect them, as Vitamin C helps to activate the immune cells which fight cancer. You will require a sufficient amount of Vitamin C to have proper functioning ovaries as it will help activate the genetic activity required for the development of the follicles. Try to include fresh sources of Vitamin C in your diet like strawberries, broccoli, red peppers, oranges, lemon, etc. 

To improve your ovarian health, make sure you include the above mentioned foods in your daily diet. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!


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