Hi, I’m Sonia and I’m a fertility coach with Fertilligence.
I have often been asked the question: What general supplements might help improve my chances of getting pregnant?
This question has a rather long answer, so I will divide it in 2 parts. In this video, I will cover part 1 and talk about prenatal multivitamins, folate or folic acid and anti-oxidants.
As you know, nutrients are essential to our health and to your fertility. I believe that specific nutrients are most powerful and bio-available in real foods, since they are prepackaged with precisely balanced macro and micronutrients. However, even the best fertility diets cannot include all the nutrients you need to have the absolute best chance of conceiving. Even when eating a healthy, balanced diet this is often not enough to get the nutrients we need. A combination of our hectic lifestyles nowadays and modern food production, storage and transportation which damages the nutrients from our food means that the minerals and vitamins we eat might not be sufficient. This is where supplements come in. Not all supplements are created equally: this is why at Fertilligence we recommend Garden of Life supplements, because they are really high quality and reliable.
Today I will share some of the 3 most popular fertility-friendly nutritional supplements and how they may assist with fertility issues. Because these supplements act in specific ways, it is vital to consult with your doctor to determine whether they are appropriate and relevant for you. We recommend you to check in with your provider before adding any supplements or vitamins to your diet, especially if you’re trying to conceive in combination with medications, or have certain conditions.
The 1st supplement is Prenatal multivitamins. Taking a prenatal multivitamin every day is one of the most important things you can do to prepare for pregnancy. We recommend you to start taking it early, at least 3 months before trying to conceive: some of them make it easier to conceive and are critical to prevent birth defects and reduce the risk of miscarriage. When choosing a prenatal multivitamin, check for at least 400mcg of folate or folic acid, 2mg of B6, 6mcg of B12, 100mg of Iodine, 7mg of Zinc and 50mg of Selenium. If you want a specific recommendation, I really like Garden Of Life Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal, because it has the right amounts of key nutrients and a great organic fruit & vegetable blend.
The 2nd most important supplement is Folate or Folic acid.Folate is a B vitamin needed throughout the body for hundreds of different biological processes. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate used in most supplements. This important vitamin is traditionally known for its role in preventing serious birth defects such as spina bifida, but research has also uncovered new evidence that folate plays a significant role even earlier – during the development of an egg. Many public health authorities recommend that to prevent neural tube defects, all women thinking of having a baby should take a 400 microgram (which is 0.4 milligram) folic acid supplement every day, in addition to natural dietary sources of folate. This should be considered a minimum, and some authorities recommend up to 800 micrograms for all women trying to conceive and, sometimes, even higher doses for certain conditions. Folic acid or other forms of folate such as methyfolate are normally included in Prenatal Multivitamins. Check you pick one, check that the amount of folic acid or methylfolate is enough for you and consult with your doctor if you’re not sure
The 3rd supplement is the group of Antioxidants. They play a vital role in egg quality by protecting against oxidative stress. Although ovarian follicles naturally contain a whole host of antioxidant vitamins and enzymes, these defenses are compromised in women with unexplained infertility and age-related infertility. If you are young and have no fertility issues, a prenatal multivitamin and healthy diet will likely provide all the antioxidants you need. But if you’re in your mid-30s or older, have unexplained infertility, or are preparing for IVF, you may need an additional antioxidant supplement to optimize egg quality. Studies have shown that women with unexplained infertility often have compromised antioxidant defenses in their ovarian follicles and that antioxidant supplements can reduce the time it takes them to conceive. What are the most important antioxidants?
Vitamin C. It’s a water-soluble antioxidant naturally found in large amounts in ovarian follicles. Increased vitamin C intake from supplements has been associated with a shorter time to pregnancy. My favorite is the Garden of life Vitamin C spray.
Vitamin E. It’s a fat-soluble antioxidant which has been proven to have a beneficial effect on egg quality. The Garden of Life Vitamin E supplement is absolutely amazing!
Alpha-lipoic acid, in the form of R-alpha-lipoic acid. It helps control the oxidative stress that can contribute to poor egg quality.
And last but not least, N-acetyl cysteine (NAC). This antioxidant helps reduce inflammatory reactions. NAC can help prevent inflammations in the endometrium, so it can support a healthy implantation and maintain a healthy embryo.
So these are the 1st, more generic groups of nutritional supplements that might help you support your fertility.
Hope you found this overview interesting. Do not forget to watch part 2 of this video.
Have a wonderful day, bye!
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