Encyclopedia Of Fertility Supplements A-C
The vast majority of couples seeking treatment for infertility, some 90% of them, will manage to have a baby as a result of proper treatment. But maybe you don't have to go there, yet: it could be that what the two of you really need is to correct vitamin deficiencies due to poor nutritional habits. Talk to your doctor about the following supplements. They may just do the trick!
Vitamin A: This vitamin is crucial for metabolizing other vitamins as well as minerals and proteins. Cod liver oil is an excellent source of vitamin A. The vitamin is necessary for your baby's eye health in pregnancy. But high levels of the vitamin can have a detrimental effect on a fetus and may cause birth defects. Don't take more than 2,500-5,000 IU daily.
Vitamin B6 and B12: 10-100 micrograms of B12 daily, plus a B-complex supplement helps to balance levels of testosterone as well as the luteinizing hormones (LH) and follicle stimulating hormones (FSH). People who smoke or eat a lot of refined foods tend to be deficient in these vitamins. In one study, men with sperm counts of fewer than 20 million per milliliter took 1,000 micrograms of B12 every day. Their sperm counts rose to more than 100 million per milliliter.
Vitamin C: Take 500-1500 micrograms per day. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects cells and strengthens your immune system, helping the body deal with exposure to toxins and pollutants. Vitamin C can reduce sperm DNA damage by 91%, cutting down on agglutination and other abnormalities.
In one study, 1000 daily milligrams of the vitamin increased sperm counts by 140% by the end of the first week while just 200 milligrams made sperm counts rise by 112% during one week. Within one month's time, those taking the lesser amount were found to have sperm counts equal to those in the 1000 mg. group. By the end of the study, all the participants had managed to impregnate their wives!
Women taking clomiphene (Clomid) should also take vitamin C to increase their chances for conception.
Calcium: Calcium changes your body chemistry, making it more alkaline, which is the essential environment for both sperm and fertilized egg.
Chromium: Chromium is important for the production of insulin. A chromium deficiency may impede your ability to metabolize glucose. Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) suffer from glucose tolerance and chromium can be helpful in this case.
Co-enzyme-Q10: Taken in doses of 30-100 milligrams daily, this supplement is said to improve egg quality. The same dose is said to increase sperm counts as well. This supplement also acts as an antioxidant.