Your reproductive system is responsible for creation and growth. It is represented by the color orange and flow, which involves the exchange and manifestation of emotions and ideas. Through your flow, your emotions communicate with your hormones. In both males and females, the reproductive system is a collection of internal and external organs that work together for the purpose of procreation.
There are a variety of problems that can occur when your reproductive system is not healthy. In women, uterine, ovarian, breast, and cervical cancer; problems with menstruation such as cramping, premenstrual syndrome, and irregular menses; and other issues can occur. In men, prostate, testicular, and penile cancer can result, and sexually transmitted diseases and infertility can affect any gender.
Plant-based orange foods provide a source of beta-carotene, an orange pigment, and other carotenoids, which have potent antioxidant activity. Antioxidants can neutralize free radicals before they cause damage to cells in your body, including cells that make up the tissues of the organs in your reproductive system. Carotenoid compounds are fat-soluble antioxidants, which are stored under the skin and in the belly, areas where fat is found in your body. A layer of fatty tissue in your belly area, particularly in women, serves to protect the reproductive organs, such as the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes, and a fetus during pregnancy.
Consumption of beta-carotene has been linked to benefits for reproductive health for males and females. In males, oxidative stress, caused by excess production of damaging free radicals, can adversely affect sperm, and antioxidants like beta-carotene may help prevent this damage. In women, beta-carotene may enhance ovarian function and the synthesis of progesterone.
Did you know?
- Oxidative stress has been implicated as a factor in both male and female infertility.
- A healthy diet rich in antioxidant nutrients, including beta-carotene, is associated with better quality semen in men.
- The effects of dietary antioxidants, including beta-carotene, on ovarian eggs in women has been studied, and in an animal study, beta-carotene positively affected ovarian activity.
- Dietary carotenoids play a role in successful fertilization.
Orange-colored fruits that support your flow system, contain beta-carotene, and can help support a healthy reproductive system include:
Blood orange and oranges
- While oranges are known for their vitamin C content, they are also rich in beta-carotene.
- Thicker skinned oranges are harder to peel. To make it easier, cut a small section of the peel from one end of the orange, and you can peel the orange in a spiral fashion from there, or score it longitudinally from end to end and then peel off the sections. Make sure to wash the skin before peeling so any debris on the surface does not end up on the fruit.
- Cantaloupe is a rich source of beta-carotene, along with other phytonutrient antioxidants.
- Riper melons are heavier and fuller feeling than they look. You can also gauge ripeness by tapping on the melon, and if it sounds dull and deep, that also can indicate a ripe cantaloupe. Look for the rind to be cream, yellow, or golden colored and not green or gray, and for the melon to have a fragrant scent. Keep your cut cantaloupe at room temperature for no more than two hours because there is a risk for contamination with microorganisms like E. coli 0157:H7.
Other orange fruits that support your flow and your reproductive system include apricot, kumquat, mandarins, tangerines, mango, nectarines, passion fruit, papaya, peaches, and persimmons.
Orange colored vegetables that nourish your flow system and support a healthy reproductive system include:
Orange bell pepper
- Bell peppers contain a variety of antioxidant compounds, including carotenoids like beta-carotene.
- Bell peppers are members of the nightshade (Solanaceae) family of plants along with tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and chili, jalapeño, and cayenne pepper.
Sweet potato and yam
- Orange fleshed sweet potatoes are one of the richest sources of beta-carotene among plant foods.
- Sweet potatoes are part of a different food family than yams or the common potato, and worldwide, there are about 200 commonly eaten species of yam. There is confusion in the United States between sweet potatoes and yams. They are completely different foods, from different plant families, and in the U.S., you most likely are purchasing sweet potatoes, even if the sign says yams.
Carrots and pumpkin are other examples of orange vegetables that support your flow and reproductive system.
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