Ever heard that slurping oysters whets your carnal appetite? Turns out it's no fish story: Oysters are one of the best natural sources of zinc, nature's answer to Viagra. In fact, chowing down on the right foods is one of the most effective and easy ways to optimize your fertility and your body for the big task of growing a baby...and plenty of edibles can help boost your chances of conception.
While fresh fruit, veggies, whole grains, and lean meats have important whole-body benefits (like keeping blood pressure and cholesterol levels low), some foods work extra-special magic on those ovaries and testes. Yams, for example, may stimulate ovulation in women (countries where they're a dietary staple have higher rates of multiple births!), while a daily serving of whole-fat milk may help lower ovulatory infertility. Meanwhile, antioxidant-rich, plant-based foods keep men's little swimmers healthy: vitamin A (in orange foods like apricots, carrots, and peppers) and vitamin E (in veggie oils) both keep sperm moving along swimmingly, while vitamin C (in citrus, berries, tomatoes) improves sperm quality