Are you destroying your chances of ever conceiving by innocently overloading your body with a toxic vitamin?
Having highlighted the importance of vitamins in Vital Infertility Vitamins (Part 1) and exposed how smoking is sabotaging your chances of getting pregnant (and how to reverse that damage…), let’s consider some more Vital Fertility Vitamins that help increase fertility.
Sink That Zinc!
Zinc is an essential component of genetic material and a zinc deficiency can cause chromosome changes in either you or our partner, leading to reduced fertility and an increased risk of miscarriage.
The key role of zinc is to enable your body to ‘attract and hold’ and utilize efficiently the reproductive hormones, estrogen and progesterone. Low zinc can also affect sperm count and motility.
Meat and seafood are the best natural sources of zinc. It can also be found in whole grains and wheat germ. As a supplement, zinc can be mixed and drank with a glass of water.
As beneficial as zinc is, control your intake carefully. High levels of zinc can be toxic as well as counterproductive in your efforts to aid conception.
Calcium is a great way to battle Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS). Taking in 1000 mg of calcium a day helps to reduce bloating, cramps and joint pain associated with your oncoming period.
Pumping up on calcium has other benefits, too, producing strong bones, teeth and lessening the risk of developing osteoporosis later in life. And it benefits that little parcel of happiness you want to create in your womb.
Selenium is another antioxidant with multiple benefits. It helps protect your body from free radicals, can minimize the risk of birth defects and miscarriage, and increase low sperm counts in men.
Encourage your male partner to take a daily multivitamin that contains zinc and selenium for at least three months before conception. Why the three-month time lag? Because it takes that long to develop healthy sperm. The sperm your partner ejaculates today was actually created 90 days ago.
Some natural sources of selenium include red meat, liver, tuna, chicken, and enriched pasta and whole grain breads.
Vitamin E – Essential for IVF Treatment?
Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant which has been shown to increase fertility when given to both men and women.
There are some interesting statistics in particular if you are considering IVF treatment. Men who receive vitamin E when their partners are undergoing IVF have seen their fertilization rates increased from 19 to 29 percent, thus increasing a couple’s chances of a successful IVF by 10%.
A warning, though: vitamin E should not be taken if you are using anticoagulants. As always check with your doctor first.
Wheat germ oil is an excellent source of vitamin E. A single tablespoon a day is enough. Almonds, sunflower seeds and sunflower oil, broccoli and spinach also provide some vitamin E.
Be an Iron Lady!
If when menstruating you bleed profusely, or conversely you rarely bleed, it may be a sign you are anemic and lacking in iron. And anemia can lead to infertility.
So … pump up on iron. Fill your body’s iron reserves before you get pregnant, especially if your periods are particularly heavy as bleeding every month is a constant source of iron depletion.
You need to load up the iron now, because once you’re expecting, your body has difficulty maintaining its iron stores as your baby siphons the mineral from you.
Red meat has lots of iron, but you may need to take a multivitamin with iron. Play it safe and test your blood for anemia before pumping up the iron.
And Finally, Not ‘Z’, But … Vitamin A
Some health practitioners advise that no vitamin A is taken during pregnancy. Be wary of this advice. It can be dangerous to assume that any vitamin or other nutrient should be avoided during the gestational period.
Vitamin A has important antioxidant properties and the consequences of Vitamin A deficiency during pregnancy can be devastating. Vitamin A is essential for healthy eyes. Studies of animals have shown that vitamin A deficiency during pregnancy has produced new-born animals with no eyes, eye defects, undescended testes and diaphragmatic hernias.
Again, get clear answers from your medical advisor on what is best for YOU!
That wraps up the two articles on Vital Infertility Vitamins. For even more insight into fertility diets, herbs and vitamins that can help you reverse infertility, improve your chances of getting pregnant fast and having a healthy baby, check out the fact-packed 279-page The Pregnancy Miracle Guide.