Though some of the fertility specialists I’ve spoken to maintain that you should be able to get all the nutrients and vitamins that are vital to fertility through your diet, others advise taking supplements for the biggies. And since I’m not a big fish-lover, and I keep reading how food is not as nutrient-rich as it once was, I decided to boost my balanced diet with a few supplements. It can’t hurt, right? Besides, even when I chart the nutrients I’m getting from my diet, I often fall short on some of the most important ones.
There are so many pills out there that offer fertility-boosting powers that it can be difficult to know where to start. Aside from a daily dose of Folic Acid (recommended for prevention of spina bifida and needs to be taken at least three months before conceiving), I’ve listed the pills I’ve decided to start popping below and why.
When I first took all these with my breakfast yesterday, I felt like I should rattle, but hopefully I’ll start to see the benefits soon! (NB: These were recommended to me by a trained herbalist, so make sure you consult a trained practitioner before taking any supplements).
Omega 3 – If like me you’re not a fan of oily fish, a daily dose of essential fats from an Omega-3 supplement can control inflammation in your reproductive system, which can interfere with pregnancy. Research has shown that women who regularly consume Omega-3 may have higher conception rates and lower miscarriage rates.
Co Q10 – How often do you hear the warning that your egg health starts to dwindle after 35? A daily dose of Co Q10 can help preserve your egg health and combat a host of other fertility-related issues such as endometriosis, unexplained infertility and PCOS by reducing oxidative stress. It’s worth noting that some store-bought Q10 supplements offer only a 100mg dose, which is only a sixth of what you need. A study published in Fertility and Sterility showed that 600 mg of CoQ10 daily improved both egg quality and fertilisation rates among older women.
Magnesium – It’s estimated that a whopping 68% of us are magnesium deficient, yet it’s the mineral that is responsible for a host of vital functions. Low magnesium levels can nix implantation, while a daily dose can increase fertility naturally and help the body absorb other nutrients that can aid your baby-making ability too.
B-Complex – Vitamin B6 is one of the most important vitamins for female fertility but all the other Bs are pretty important too, especially during pre-conception. Research has shown that giving B6 to women who have trouble conceiving increases fertility and it’s also helps to regulate hormones and blood sugar levels. Being deficient in B6 can cause poor egg development.
Where to buy? I ordered online at www.puritanspride.com, which was more cost-effective than buying in a high street pharmacist, even when you factor in shipping costs.