There is now a great deal of scientific knowledge about the use of nutritional supplements and their beneficial effects in both male and female infertility treatment. As you will see, these supplements can be very effective in re-balancing your hormones, as well as improving you and your partner’s overall health, which are so vital for successful conception.
So Is there just one vitamin good for fertility? There is no magical pill or Vitamin F for fertility but a combination of vitamins and minerals definitely have an impact on fertility. They are easy to take yet there are so many to choose from. How do you know which vitamins are good for fertility? How much do you take?
Vitamin D, a steroid hormone that influences virtually every cell in your body and has been positively linked to health conditions ranging from cancer to heart disease, may significantly boost fertility in both men and women.
Vitamin D is so crucial to health that I urge everyone to make sure their levels are optimized, but if you’ve been dealing with infertility, this is especially important.
The researchers state:
“Given the high prevalence of infertility as well as vitamin D insufficiency in otherwise healthy young women and men and the possible role of vitamin D in human reproduction, research might lead to new therapeutic approaches such as vitamin D supplementation in the treatment of female and male reproductive disorders.”
Low Vitamin D Levels Previously Linked to Infertility
This is not the first time the “sunshine vitamin” has been linked to infertility. In 2008, Australian fertility specialist Dr. Anne Clark found almost one-third of the 800 infertile men included in her study had lower than normal levels of vitamin D, (bear in mind here that “normal” does not equal “optimal” — so by optimal standards, the rate of vitamin D deficiency was likely far higher than one-third) stating that.
One of the vitamins most commonly linked to fertility is vitamin C. Vitamin C is sometimes recommended for women trying to conceive because it can increase the level of the hormone progesterone. Progesterone does several things: It helps regulate the menstrual cycle, it can help thicken the lining of the uterus and it can reduce anxiety. Synthetic progesterone — progestin — is often given to women who are having difficulty conceiving or carrying a baby to term. Some naturally good sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, broccoli and green peppers.
Like vitamin C, B vitamins have also been linked to raising progesterone levels and regulating the menstrual cycle. One particular B vitamin, folic acid, or vitamin B9, is frequently recommended for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Folic acid helps ensure that a baby’s spinal cord develops properly and can reduce the risk of certain birth defects. This important vitamin is something you’ll find in most prenatal vitamins, and it can be found naturally in fruits, beans and leafy vegetables.
Vitamins and Male Fertility
Vitamin C and vitamin B12 are good for sperm count, motility and quality. Serious vitamin C deficiencies can sometimes result in damaged sperm, while vitamin B12 is known to promote healthy DNA.
A vitamin that’s thought to be especially good for male fertility is vitamin E. One study conducted with men who had high sperm counts but low rates of fertilization found that, when they were given vitamin E supplements for a month, their fertilization rates increased by 10 percent.
In addition to a customized Homeopathic treatment, Infertility treatment protocol at Welling Homeopathy involves supplements with a highly specific combination of vitamins & minerals, selected after an exhaustive research into the nutritional benefits of each vitamin and mineral to facilitate conception through our infertility treatment.