Supplements to Increase Fertility
A good diet is important for reproductive health and yet sadly our western diet can lack the essential vitamins and minerals necessary for conception to take place. It is recommended to eat organic food where possible and to reduce sugar, alcohol and caffeine to help regulate hormones. It is also recommended that natural, high-potency multivitamin and mineral complex supplements are taken to ensure that the body receives its natural daily requirements.
Good quality vitamins and minerals can assist with reproductive health. Often couples who have been experiencing infertility and reproductive health issues are overwhelmed and confused by the amount of information available about supplements. And yet often a simple supplement can make all the difference and so it is well worth investing a little time and money on quality supplements to ensure optimum health, as a prelude to conception. Keep it simple. Get the basic vitamin and mineral needs met by these supplements whilst looking at lifestyle changes, stress and unresolved emotional issues. The more relaxed and happy you become the more the body will be able to make good use of the nutritional support you provide.
A daily multi-vitamin and multi-mineral will go a long way to ironing out any deficiencies that may be causing a problem. During the preconception period supplements can make all the difference. For general health and wellbeing and particularly in the restoration of reproductive health a supplement is recommended.
Omega Oil / EFA – Omega oils are even more important for men than women. Improves overall health and improves sperm count. A good quality Omega oil is also necessary for both male and female reproductive health and once pregnant, mum should continue with the oil throughout pregnancy and on into motherhood.
Should be used cautiously by people with bleeding disorders or on blood thinning medication.
Important Supplement Support for Men
Vitamin B12 – Has been found to improve low sperm counts.
Vitamin C – Lack of vitamin C causes agglutination, sperm clumping together. Supplementing vitamin C improves sperm count, motility, protects sperm from damage and is particularly useful for male smokers.
Vitamin E – An antioxidant, believed to protect sperm from damage and could make sperm more fertile. It can increase sperm potency. Take it with vitamin C.
A study showed that when vitamin E was taken by men going for IVF treatment with their partners, fertilisation rates increased from 19 to 29 percent.
Do not take Vitamin E without consulting your doctor if you have anaemia, poorly clotting blood, hyperthyroid, high blood pressure, or liver disease.
Zinc – Low levels of zinc decrease sperm count and reduce motility. Zinc is found in very high concentrations in the prostate gland and semen, which contains 100 times the level of blood. Supplement Zinc to increase sperm count and motility.
Selenium – Deficiencies cause fragile sperm and those with broken tails. Selenium is a vital part of the antioxidant glutathionine peroxidase. Lower blood selenium levels have been found in men with poor sperm count.
Co-enzyme-Q10 – Increases sperm count and is also an anti-oxidant.
Vitamin A – Improves sperm production. Take as part of a multivitamin or supplement with spirulina.
L-Arginine – Improves both sperm count and motility.
Not recommended for those with diabetes.