Can Fertility Vitamins work to improve your chances of getting pregnant?
Before taking Fertility Vitamins, consult your doctor. Vitamins are more powerful than most people think. Certain vitamins might be contraindicated depending upon your particular health picture.
Fortunately, there are studies demonstrating that some Vitamins can enhance fertility in both men and women.
A good vitamin fertility blend will include antioxidants like Selenium and Vitamin C for immune support and to protect cell structure. Large doses of Vitamin C are not recommended for women trying to get pregnant because it has an effect on vaginal fluids. However, in moderate doses, it is recommended.
Vitamin C in large doses, can upset vaginal secretions. The vaginal milieu must be maintained so that the sperm can survive long enough to make their arduous journey to fertilize the egg.
For men, 1000 mg of vitamin C daily, improves the quality of sperm. Agglutination is a condition where the sperm clump together impeding their motility. Vitamin C reduces the tendency to clumping.
Folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12 are usually included in a fertility blend because deficiencies have been linked to neural tube defects in infants. B vitamins should be taken before pregnancy and at least for the first trimester. All of the B vitamins are essential before and during pregnancy. The baby’s DNA and RNA depend on these essential vitamins.
It is believed that Vitamin A can increase hormone production in women. Vitamin A, taken as beta-carotene—that is, in vegetable form—is essential for healthy eyes. There has been controversy about Vitamin A and pregnancy, but the danger is taking animal derived Vitamin A—Retinol. As long as you are taking recommended doses of beta-carotene, you should be fine.
Sufficient Selenium prevents miscarriage and birth defects. It is a strong antioxidant for scavenging free radicals which cause cell damage.
Vitamin E supports the health of the female’s eggs. It is another antioxidant vital for both men and women. It also improves sperm production.
Two amino acids that are especially beneficial for men are L-Arginine and L-Carnitine. They boost sperm count, motility and quality.
Zinc is vital for both men and women. Sufficient zinc prevents miscarriage in women and works synergistically with testosterone in men to maintain fertility. Zinc improves sperm count and is integral to the production of healthy sperm.
Getting pregnant, if you are otherwise healthy, is probable if you educate yourself and take the time and energy required to get healthy.
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Dr. Christine Strong, NMD is a California licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor. If you would like a consultation, contact her at email@example.com.