Bone Broth For Fertility
Trying to conceive can be a stressful and emotional time. You may feel like you're doing everything right, but sometimes it just doesn't happen.
Bone broth for fertility is a traditional remedy that can help increase your chances of conception by detoxing your liver, improving immune health and stimulating the right hormones.
There are many different bone broths out there, but which one is the best for fertility? And how do you know if it's working?
This guide will give you all the information you need to know about bone broth for fertility, including benefits, recipes and success stories.
If you want the simple answer, try using Bluebird Provisions non-gmo chicken bone broth. It has 50% more protein than many other top brands, plus, it tastes absolutely delicious.
Bone Broth For Fertility Benefits
The benefits of bone broth for fertility are thanks to minerals, collagen and amino acids, which are all important for reproductive health. It can also help to balance hormones, reduce inflammation, promote immune health, sleep, detox your liver and strengthen your tendons and ligaments.
Also, is beneficial to fertility patients from the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective because of its tonifying properties, but you'll need to speak with a TCM specialist about these benefits as they are not my area of expertise.
1. Hormone Production
Bone broth is packed with important amino acids which can improve hormone production. These include glycine, proline, arginine and glutamine. They work together to produce FSH in females and testosterone in males. Yes, fertility is just as much the 'man's' responsibility as it is anyones.
They also boost serotonin and GABA levels, which both help to de stress and improve mood (1)
2. Repairs Damaged Gut Lining For Digestion
Bone broth is beneficial for fertility because it helps to heal gut issues and balance hormones. This is closely linked to the note above because inflammation is the main cause of hormone issues.
Amino acids like glycine are essential for healing damaged gut lining to reduce inflammation. This helps you absorb nutrients from food properly so that you get even more benefits.
3. Immune Health
Broth beneficial for our immune health because glycine and proline are such potent anti-inflammatories (2). They fight inflammation in your gut and digestive system so that you can get all the nutrients and vitamins from the food you eat.
When our guts are compromised, we miss out on these crucial nutrients from food. Glycine also helps our bodies produce glutathione, the master antioxidant which helps with health and longevity.
Lastly, it can help lung and respiratory function. There's one study that it helped reduce the duration of an upper respiratory tract infection (aka the common cold) thanks so carnosine, another amino acid.
4. Better Sleep and Mood
Sleep is the hallmark of health, fertility and longevity. If you're not getting enough, your hormones will suffer and your chance a conception goes down.
Glycine in bone broth is shown to improve sleep quality and duration by getting you into deeper phases of sleep (3). It does this without knocking you our like man harmful sleep drugs.
Your central nervous system winds down when you take 3 g of glycine, allowing your core body temperature to get to the optimal level for sleep.
You can't use any bone broth. You need one with enough protein so that the glycine levels are high. You'll get 3 g per cup of Bluebird Provisions bone broth, which is the dose that the studies use.
5. Detoxes Your Liver
Your liver needs glycine to stay healthy and clean itself up. We do a number on our livers, but they are incredibly resilient if you give them the right nutrients. Consuming glycine helps your liver buffer out harmful chemicals.
Read my guide to a bone broth detox to find out if it really works.
6. Strengthens Your Joints, Tendons and Ligaments
You need strong tendons and ligaments to take a baby to term. So why not start working on joint health today? Collagen protein helps to rebuild damaged joints and tendons by providing them with the nutrition they need.
The key is to get it at the right time and combine it with light exercise or movement that loads the tendons you are having issues with.
7. Hydration and Fluid Balance
Bone broth is beneficial for fertility because it helps with fluid balance and promotes nervous system function. You'll get up to 400 mg of potassium per cup along with natural sodium, magnesium, chloride and phosphorus.
Easy Bone Broth Recipe
Here is a simple bone broth recipe you can make at home. If you can't be bothered, you can order Bluebird Provisions on Amazon Prime for free shipping.
- 2.5 lb. bones (chicken, beef, pork)
- 10 cups water
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 garlic clove, minced
Steps to Make it
- Add your bones and water to a large pot (Instant Pot or slow cookers can be used as well).
- Bring to a boil over high heat.
- As it boils, skim the foamy bits 3 times over the first hour.
- Reduce heat to a hard simmer. It should be bubbling, but not enough to fully boil.
- Cook for 6-24 hours. You can turn down the heat if you leave it overnight so 'low.'
- Add vegetables for the last 3 hours of your total cook time. This prevents them from getting mushy and adding needless carbs to it.
- Once finished simmering, remove the solids using a spider strainer. Put solids in the compost.
- Strain the liquid by pouring through a mesh sieve with a bowl underneath.
- Add salt to taste and enjoy!
When To Drink Bone Broth For Fertility
There's no special tips of times of day to drink bone broth to optimize your fertility. It is really about getting enough of it throughout your day.
Some people prefer drinking it before meals to help with digestion. While other prefer the sleep benefits of drinking it one hour before bed.
You can also drink it before exercise or any movement to help strengthen your joints and tendons. Learn more about when to drink bone broth.
How often should I drink bone broth for fertility?
Look to work your way up to 2 cups of bone broth per day to optimize your fertility. But starting out, just drink one cup per day for 3-5 days and see how you feel. IF you are feeling good with it then increase the dose.
There is no real upper limit for how much you can drink per day. From a practical standpoint, many people drink 3-4 cups per day. But it is up to you. Find the dosage that fits your lifestyle and eating habits best.
It helps if you have a delicious broth to drink. Or else you can read my tips for making bone broth taste better.
Is bone broth good for uterus?
Bone broth is a good for the uterus because of the small amounts of magnesium in it. Magnesium during pregnancy delays contractions of the uterus.
From a Chinese Medicine perspective, bone broth helps to increase the uterine lining which can warm the womb. This is beneficial to women experiencing fertility challenges because of a thin uterine lining or cold womb.
Does bone broth help implantation?
According to Chinese Medicine, bone broth helps to build a robust uterine lining to support menstrual cycles and embryo implantation.
In TCM, if the lining is too thin, it's a sign of blood mineral issues.
There is more traditional research needed to prove the benefits because TCM relies on case studies and years of history.
Does bone broth thicken uterine lining?
Bone broth helps to thicken the uterine lining because of the robust blood building capabilities. It has iron, B vitamins, small amounts of omega-3s along with magnesium and potassium. Healthy blood is the hallmark of fertility, so make sure you are doing your best to feed it the right nutrients.
These nutrients help both mother and eventually the baby. Also, glycine and proline are the absolute best thing to speed up recovery after childbirth because of the wound healing, joint pain and recovery benefits.
Learn more about bone broth during pregnancy.
What are some success stories of using bone broth for fertility?
Bone broth is a staple for fertility patients because of the blood building and tonifying properties. It is though to increase your success rate when undergoing IVF and trying to get pregnant for both sexes.
In terms of success stories, I will happily share mine. My wife and I were trying to conceive late spring / early summer 2022. We both did tons of research on things that help and hurt fertility.
Three months before we started trying, I gave up my sauna use, she stopped going on the hot tub. We also started drinking one cup of Bluebird Provisions chicken bone broth daily.
Then, right when it was that 'time of month,' I got COVID and was stuck in bed. So we were off to a great start...
Luckily, we kept to the plan and continued drinking broth daily. The next month we were successful and she is due March 2023.
I realize this small anecdote doesn't mean much in the grand scheme of things, but I shared it anyway with you because maybe it helps.
How long does it take to see results from drinking bone broth for fertility?
It can take up to 90 days to reap the rewards of drinking bone broth for fertility benefits. Some people will notice benefits shorter than that. But when we are making changes to blood, electrolyte status and gut inflammation, these things take time.
Is Beef Or Chicken Bone Broth Better For Fertility?
There is not much difference between beef or chicken in terms of fertility benefits. Drink whichever you prefer and allows you to drink the most daily.
But make sure the one you choose has at least 8 g protein per cup or 2 tbsp serving (for powders). Anything less and you are not getting any benefits.
Also look for one that has less than 200 mg sodium per serving. From here you can nitpick and look at sourcing or where it is made. Try to find one that is not made from concentrate and does not have natural flavors or yeast extract as these are harmful to gut bacteria.
Bone broth is a powerful detoxifier, hormone balancer and anti-inflammatory agent. It can help to improve your fertility by giving your body the nutrients it needs to function optimally.
If you are trying to conceive, I recommend trying Bluebird Provisions bone broth. It is made with non-gmo, pasture raised bones and is free of hormones, antibiotics and other toxins.
Have you used it for fertility? Or did something else work for you? Leave a comment and let me know.
Disclaimer: this information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the FDA, USDA or CFIA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This is not medical advice. Please consult your primary care physician, doctor or midwife for advise on any of this.