It’s frightening to know, but your daily diet is probably deficient in a vital vitamin that is preventing you from getting pregnant. Let’s shed some light on the vital Infertility Vitamins.
Check the Fertility and Diet Articles Archive for in more information on the different foods, drinks and herbs that can improve – or damage – your chances of conceiving, but now let’s look at how vital vitamins are in your pursuit of improved fertility.
Because there is so much information to share with you on this topic, I’m going to split this article – Vital Infertility Vitamins – into two parts, OK? You can check out Vital Infertility Vitamins (Part 2) here.
First of all a reminder. It is VITAL that you confer with a medical practitioner as to YOUR specific needs.
Each of us is unique and different. The general information contained in the Increase Fertility Tips Articles should not be applied without first consulting a medic, or some such professionally trained person.
That said, let’s now consider the vital role of vitamins in increasing fertility.
Vital Fertility Vitamins
Scientific research strongly supports the use of nutritional supplements and their beneficial effects on both male and female fertility. Supplements can be very effective in re-balancing your hormones, as well as improving you and your partner’s overall health. This is vital to achieve a successful conception.
“BUT” … you might say … “I am following a well-prescribed healthy diet. Why should I need supplements?”
Good question. However, supplements ARE necessary because even the best diet in the world will not contain all the nutrients you need to give you the best chance of conceiving.
Take a long-term view on this one. Even before you get pregnant, it is important to start paying attention to your vitamin intake. Receiving the proper daily amount of supplements will help ensure that your body is on its ‘A’ game. It is all the more vital for couples struggling to conceive as certain vitamins and minerals have been found to be especially beneficial in aiding fertility.
Let’s now look at selective vital vitamins.
Folic Acid and The B-complex Family
Sounds like the wacky name of a band, doesn’t it?!
Well … these vital supplements may not be musicians, but if you’re trying to conceive and you’re not taking them, your body may be out of tune and playing all the wrong notes in your attempts to get pregnant.
It is very well documented that during pregnancy, women should take folic acid to help prevent birth defects. But did you know that you should start taking folic acid as soon as you start thinking about getting pregnant?
Not only does folic acid help prevent serious birth defects like spina bifida, it also improves fertility. Men too can benefit from folic acid to improve the quality and number of their sperm.
Whilst you can get folic acid in your diet by eating dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli, studies show that women who take daily multivitamins containing 400 micrograms of folic acid were 40 percent less likely to experience ovulatory infertility.
Folic acid is also part of the very important B-complex family of vitamins (including B6 and B12) that are necessary to produce the genetic materials DNA and RNA that ensure your baby’s genetic codes are intact.
So get these vitamins in harmony to ensure you conceive a chart-topping baby!
The Smoking Gun … Outshoot it with Vitamin C
Are either you or your partner smokers … ? If so, you are potentially firing blanks in the pregnancy duel.
And why is smoking a particular problem for men trying to conceive?
Well, cigarette smoke is absorbed through the lungs from where it enters the circulatory system. Once the deadly toxins from your cigarette reach the bloodstream, they find their way to the semen.
This can result in agglutination – a condition which causes sperm to clump together, thus greatly inhibiting progression or movement of the sperm. And if the sperm can’t travel, it won’t hit its target and the couple can’t conceive.
Fortunately, vitamin C is an antioxidant which can reverse some of this damage. Whilst the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for vitamin C is 60 milligrams per day for an adult male, larger dosages are possible (but consult with your medic first).
For example, men who get less than 60 mg of vitamin C daily (that’s equal to an orange a day) have been found to have high levels of damaged sperm. However, one study found that men who took 1000mg of vitamin C per day for two months, their sperm counts increased by an astonishing 60 percent!
Another study of male smokers found that a daily intake of 500mg of vitamin C decreased the amount of clumping and abnormally shaped sperm as well as improved the men’s sperm count, motility and viability.
Women can also benefit from taking vitamin C because it can increase the supply of cervical mucus. Cervical mucus helps nourish, protect, and speed the sperm on its way up through the uterus and into the Fallopian tubes so that it can fertilize.
Conversely, women should avoid mega-doses of vitamin C because it can actually dry up cervical fluid, so preventing sperm from reaching the egg.
In addition to supplements, citrus fruits and juices are a fantastic source of vitamin C. A single orange can contain 70mg of vitamin C, half a cup of red peppers has 142mg, half a cup of broccoli has 62mg and just five strawberries has 51mg.
Conclusion? Quit smoking altogether … AND take vitamin C.
Remember to check out Vital Infertility Vitamins (Part 2) to get a complete picture of this key component in your ambitions to get pregnant.