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Fertility Enhancing Diet and Supplements

Posted on January 23rd, 2013 by | 7 views

By: Jen Aliano, LAc., HHP, CCN

There are several things you can eat or need to avoid in order to increase your fertility. Did you know that eating peas has been used as a method of contraception? While all this advice may be frustrating and sometimes hard to follow, they address a critical area of fertility: the effects of diet and lifestyle on our ability to conceive. Follow this advice, and it can make a difference in whether or not you are successful with your fertility therapies.

  • Eat more fruits and veggies! These foods are alkalinizing for your body, and this promotes a friendly environment for sperm and for implantation. (Did you know that pineapple can help promote implantation?)
  • Take Essential Fatty Acids. They play a key role in ovulation and implantation. The best source is found in deep-sea fish oils. They also are crucial for fetal brain development, so it is a good idea to stay on them once you become pregnant. Be sure to get a good quality supplement to limit the amount of mercury.
  • Make sure you are getting enough good quality protein! Protein, especially in the form of lean red meat, actually has been shown to promote ovulation.
  • Eat hormone free and organic whenever possible.
  • Add more complex carbohydrates (whole grains, fruits, vegetables), and less simple carbohydrates (refined flours, sugar); this has been shown to promote more efficient functioning of your neurotransmitters that carry hormone signals from your brain to your body.
  • Supplement your diet with a high-potency multi-vitamin and mineral complex. (Make sure they have 800 mcg/day folic acid, 250-600 mg/day B6, 400-800 IU natural E.) The vitamins and minerals important for reproductive health enhance fertility yet are lacking in the usual Western, highly processed diet. If these nutrients were adequately supplied through the diet, many fertility problems could be avoided.

Try adding these to your diet:

  • Bee pollen/Royal Jelly
  • Wheatgrass
  • Blue-green algae/Chlorella/Spirulina
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • PABA (150 mg/day)
  • Avoid soy products. They contain a high content of phytoestrogens and can cause enough excess estrogen activity to induce a hormone imbalance that can affect egg production and ovulation.
  • Eliminate artificial sweeteners, caffeine and nicotine; minimize alcohol.
  • Avoid all unnecessary medications and drugs, including NSAIDS like ibuprofen; these can actually block ovulation.

For male infertility, it is especially important to have the following. A good quality multi-vitamin will be able to provide the majority.

  • Multi-minerals taken on a full stomach
  • Amino acids
  • Complete B vitamins
  • Pycnogenol
  • Zinc (50-60 mg twice/day); esp. for low sperm count!
  • Vitamin C
  • L-Arginine (4-6 gm/day); essential for the formation of sperm.
  • L-Carnitine (1200 mg, 3 times/day); permits sperm to swim through to the egg. Do not take if have liver or kidney disease, or diabetes!
  • Selenium (up to 120 mcg/day)
  • Copper (5 mg twice/day)
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