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Fertility Road Magazine 46 - September/October 2018

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The latest issue of Fertility Road Magzine brings you our latest Fertility Journeys update, a closer look at stress and infertility, natural approaches to endometriosis and a how your weight can affect your chances of getting pregnant plus lots, lots more.

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BODY Here are some recipes to help boost sperm and most of all taste great. Persian Pomegranate Chicken Try this tasty recipe with walnuts and pomegranate which are great for sperm health. Walnuts are bursting with essential omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants to help in boosting sperm volume and production by increasing blood flow to the testicles. Whilst the delicious pomegranate fruit is known as a powerful food that helps in increasing sperm count and improves semen quality. It is full of antioxidants that help in fighting against free radicals in the blood stream. Ingredients • 1 to 2 large yellow onions, chopped, (3 cups) • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter • 3 Tbsp olive oil • 5 Tbsp pomegranate molasses (simmer 1 cup of pomegranate juice until it reduces to 5 Tbsp of syrup) • 1/2lb walnut halves (about 2 cups) • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs and/or breasts, trimmed of excess fat, cut into medium size pieces, patted dry and salted • 2 cups chicken stock • 2 Tbsp plus 2 teaspoons of sugar • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper • Salt • 1/2 cup fresh pomegranate arils for garnish (optional) Method You can toast the walnuts in one of two ways. You can either spread them out in a single layer in a large skillet, and toast them on medium high heat, stirring frequently until lightly toasted, OR you can spread them out in a single layer in a baking rimmed baking sheet, and toast at 350°F in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes. In either case, once toasted, remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cool enough to handle, pulse in a food processor or blender until finely ground. In a large pan, heat 1 tablespoon of butter and 2 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. When the butter has melted, pat the chicken pieces dry again and place the chicken pieces in the pan, working in batches if necessary to not crowd the pan, and cook until golden brown on all sides. Sprinkle the chicken with salt while they are cooking. Remove the chicken from the pan, set aside. Add a tablespoon of butter and a tablespoon of oil to the pan. Lower the heat to medium low. Add chopped onions to the pan and sauté until translucent, stirring on occasion to release the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Return the chicken pieces to the pan with the onions. Pour 2 cups of chicken stock over the chicken and onions. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover and simmer gently for 30 minutes. Stir in the ground walnuts, pomegranate molasses, sugar, and spices. Cover and cook on very low heat for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes or so to prevent the walnuts from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Remove from heat and adjust sugar/salt to taste. At this point the chicken should be fall apart tender. 12 | fertilityroad.com | fertilityroadmag | follow us @fertilityroad

BODY Ginseng Chicken Ginseng has been known for its health benefits and is a powerful herb known for improving male fertility by increasing the number of sperms, sex drive and also enhances the sexual performance. It also helps in fighting erectile dysfunction, increasing semen volume and sperm production. Garlic contains a chemical compound called allicin, that helps in improving the flow of blood to the genitals and boosts the strength and endurance of the sperm. They are also power-packed with selenium and vitamin B6 which helps in preventing sperm damage and hormone regulation. This recipe combines ginseng and garlic in this tasty chicken ginseng broth soup. Ingredients • 4 cups boiling water • 5 oz Korean red ginseng tea • 2 small chickens (poussin) or Cornish hens, (about 2lb each) • 4 large cloves garlic • 15 goji berries • 3 pieces dried Korean red ginseng (optional) • 2 cooked chestnuts, peeled (optional) • 1 cup uncooked sweet rice • 2 pinches dried chili threads • Handful fresh pea shoots • 1 tablespoon roasted sesame oil • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds • Sea salt • Freshly ground black pepper Method Brew the ginseng tea by mixing together the boiling water and the ginseng tea until dissolved. Set aside. Rinse the chickens with cold water. Place 2 of the garlic cloves, goji berries, 1 piece of ginseng, a chestnut, and 2 tablespoons of rice into the cavity of each bird. Skewer each closed with a toothpick. Place the remaining rice in a double layer piece of muslin or cheesecloth with of the remaining ginseng and date. Tie the cloth closed tightly but leave a little bit of extra space for the rice to expand. Place the chickens and rice bag into a large wide heavy-bottomed pot. Cover with the tea, and top off with water to cover, if necessary. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, occasionally skimming away any fat that comes to the surface, until cooked through, about 2 hours. When done, the chickens should be very soft and fall apart easily when tugged at. Carefully transfer the chickens to two bowls and divide the broth between them. Top the chickens with chili threads, garnish with pea shoots, and a sprinkle of black sesame seeds. Drizzle with sesame oil. Unwrap the rice package in a separate bowl and sprinkle with black sesame seeds, if you like. Serve with salt and pepper on the side. Should you want to know more about how you can improve your fertile health with food, visit michellemulliss.com or email info@michellemulliss.com | fertilityroadmag | follow us @fertilityroad fertilityroad.com | 13

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