Fertility In A Teacup
The Secret Women Have Known For Years
The Western world seems to be catching up with the wisdom of the East in terms of natural ways to deal with a wide variety of health and wellness issues. Headway in the area of nutrition, fertility, and infertility therapy is being made daily. Drinking tea has always been associated with a healthy lifestyle and modern medicine is taking notice of the positive effects of herbal teas on reproductive health. Some of the benefits ascribed to fertility teas and herbal extracts for fertility include regulating ovulation, balancing female hormones, and nurturing the reproductive tissues. Women the world over have known these secrets for centuries. Clinical research is now validating the benefits of herbs, such as vitex (Chaste berry) and green tea.
Extolling The Virtues Of Green Tea
No one herb or ingredient makes a specific tea for fertility. There are a variety of herbs and combinations of herbs that are useful in promoting fertility and increasing the chances of conception. Green tea, a very popular antioxidant tea, has been shown to increase the odds of pregnancy. Polyphenols, which are compounds rich in antioxidants, are a major component in green tea. Green tea is mildly caffeinated, and one study showed that the caffeine in green tea might be beneficial in aiding conception.
Green tea enhances fertility through its powerful antioxidant properties. The antioxidants in green tea repair the oxidative damage that happens through poor diet, lack of sleep, environmental toxins, aging, stress, and exercise. One study, from the American Journal of Public Health, reported that drinking ½ cup or more of green tea every day doubled the chances of conception per cycle. Another study corroborated this information with the conclusion that women who drank more than ½ cup of green tea daily doubled their chances of conception.
Chaste Berry, Red Raspberry Leaf and Ladies Mantle
The most widely studied and best known "fertility herb" is Chaste berry, also known as vitex agnus castus or Vitex. Acknowledged for its ability to stimulate the hormones involved in ovulation, it also restores hormonal balance. As it normalizes pituitary function, progesterone and estrogen levels are balanced. Women with irregular cycles benefit greatly from Vitex. Used as an herbal treatment for infertility, it is very effective for anovulation as well as a short luteal phase. Red Raspberry Leaf, a very powerful fertility herb, has been used effectively for a long time. It is best known for its ability to tone the uterus and pelvic muscles. Ladies Mantle, another herb, also has a toning effect on the cervix.
Do Your Homework Before You Take A Sip
While women the world over have used herbs as tinctures or teas for centuries, the concept is relatively new in the West. If you have decided to take a more natural approach to fertility, be sure to do proper research and investigation first. Some herbs are not beneficial for pregnancy and may do harm to both mother and baby. If you are in doubt, check with your natural health practitioner.