We all love a cuppa, but did you know that tea could help improve your fertility? Find out which ones you should be brewing up and why
It's estimated that in Britain alone we consume a staggering 165 million cups of tea every day – the equivalent of 60.2 billion a year. So despite being a nation riddled with naughty health habits, it's good to know the glorious British tea break may actually help to increase your fertility.
Whether you like builder's brew or are a herbal convert, here's fertility nutritionist Neema Savvides' nutritional guide to the health properties of some of the nation's favourites:
This traditional British staple contains fertility-boosting properties for both men and women as it's rich in antioxidants. Just keep a check on your caffeine intake, particularly if you're pregnant.
Ginger and Lemon
Ginger and lemon together are a great anti-inflammatory, particularly useful for women suffering from endometriosis. It's also a cleansing combination, can help relieve pain and improve circulation to the reproductive organs.
Rooibos is famous for its antioxidants and is an excellent source of vitamin C – essential for boosting sperm levels and quality. Rooibos is also caffeine-free, which is great news as too much caffeine can negatively affect your fertility.
Jasmine tea has been used in China for its medicinal qualities for centuries, and in some ancient Chinese manuscripts jasmine was used as an aphrodisiac and fertility-booster. There may be some truth to the legends as studies have shown jasmine tea has strong aromatherapy qualities that are good for the body during pregnancy.
This super tea is regularly praised for its numerous health benefits. Research shows that hypoxanthine and polyphenols, the two main ingredients in green tea, may lead to a higher percentage of viable embryos.
These can also increase egg maturation and fertility. Antioxidants and polyphenols also support the body's ability to repair the damage food, water, environment, stress, disease, and aging cause. It's no surprise green tea is touted as a way to increase immunity from diseases.
Green tea can also help men's fertility, as advocates believe it can help with sperm motility and count.
Full of goodness, nettle leaves contain vitamins A, C, D and K. By sipping this tea, you boost your calcium, potassium, iron, and sulphur levels. It's also good for foetal health. If you have fresh nettles in your garden, why not use them to make tea in spring and summer?
Rejuvenating and refreshing mint tea is a wonderful relaxant, even more so if you use fresh mint leaves. Never to be underestimated, stress can reduce fertility and even stop ovulation, so any stress-reliever is good if you're trying to conceive.
Mint tea can also help with pregnancy nausea, and it contains vitamins A, C, and B12 as well as the essential pregnancy B vitamin folate, which is the natural form of folic acid.
Apple and Cinnamon
Studies have shown cinnamon has a positive impact on women suffering from hormonal imbalances due to PCOS and that it can help support healthy circulation to the reproductive organs.
Raspberry leaf tea, particularly the wild variety is very high in calcium. Like nettle and red clover, red raspberry leaves serve as a soothing uterine tonic, and hence a very effective fertility herb.
If you are currently undergoing fertility treatment, you may wish to check with your healthcare professional regarding caffeine intake.
Neema Savvides is a nutritional therapist at the Harley Street Fertility Clinic.