The Best Vitamins to Boost Your Fertility

2020-09-18T12:59:35-06:00September 18th, 2020|

The best vitamins for fertility

Nutrition plays an important role in your overall health and wellness and is one of many factors that can impact your fertility. There are various vitamins and supplements you can take can help boost your fertility.

Below you will find recommended vitamins and supplements that may improve your chances of pregnancy.

Vitamins for Female Fertility

  • Myo-inositol: Is the vitamin B component of cell membranes, which can help increase fertility, decrease weight, increase HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol), improve triglycerides, and improve polycystic ovarian syndrome PCOS) through decreasing insulin resistance and hyperandrogenism.
  • Co-Enzyme Q10: An antioxidant that may improve egg quality and improve chromosomal division during fertilization.
  • L-Arginine: An amnio acid which helps with cell division, immune function, and release of hormones. Shown to increase fertility in women who had previously failed in-vitro fertilization – IVF procedures.
  • DHA (Omega 3 Fatty Acids): Essential Fatty Acids can reduce inflammation throughout body (a possible cause of PCOS and other types of infertility) and promote overall health. DHA may help with the health of reproductive system, insulin levels, heart and brain. The best source of DHA is purified fish oil. Cod liver oil is too high in vitamin A & D and can be toxic.
  • Vitamin E: A fat-soluble antioxidant that helps to prevent propagation of free radicals and prevents cell membrane damage.
  • Vitamin C: Highly effective antioxidant that acts as a natural antihistamine and prevents antihistamine release. It helps to combat free radicals.
  • Melatonin: A powerful antioxidant that helps to regulate the sleep/wake cycles (circadian rhythm).

Vitamins for Male Fertility

  • CoEnzyme Q10: An antioxidant that can help increase sperm count.
  • Vitamin E: A fat-soluble antioxidant. Studies have shown that vitamin E can help increase sperm potency by 2.5 times. Two studies found that it can lead to a 20% pregnancy rate in previously infertile men.
  • Vitamin C: A highly effective antioxidant, as well as a natural antihistamine preventing histamine release, which helps to combat free radicals and pollution. Pollution, particularly agricultural chemicals, have been shown to cause much lower sperm counts. Vitamin C has been shown to reduce DNA damage in sperm by 91%, also shown to reduce agglutination and abnormalities, raised sperms counts by 140% in the first week in one study and 200 mg increased sperm counts by 112% in the first week
  • L-Carnitine: An Italian study found that 2 grams a day of carnitine for three months dramatically improved sperm counts and mobility.
  • DHA (Omega 3 Fatty Acids): Essential Fatty Acids can reduce inflammation throughout body (a possible cause of PCOS and other types of infertility) and promote overall health. DHA may help with the health of reproductive system, insulin levels, heart and brain. The best source of DHA is purified fish oil. Cod liver oil is too high in vitamin A & D and can be toxic.

While modifications to your diet and lifestyle can help you increase your chances of success, there is no “silver bullet” or one-size fits all approach that will guarantee pregnancy. If you are struggling with infertility, it’s important to be evaluated by a fertility specialist.

If you are interested in speaking with a CCRM doctor about your fertility health, please contact us today.

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