Can Supplements Help Treat Infertility?


Is 2019 the year you hope to get pregnant? If so you are in luck! Today I have a guest post from Chris Barry that answers the question: can supplements help treat infertility?

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Can Supplements Help Treat Infertility?

With most fertility treatments being costly and sometimes invasive, you may be wondering what — if any — supplements are available that can positively affect your fertility and better prepare your body for conception. Luckily, supplementation has been shown to have many positive effects on both fertility and conception. For little cost and risk to you or your baby, taking the following supplements may prove fruitful indeed! 

Folic Acid

Folic acid, also known as Folate, is a B vitamin that many are deficient in. Low levels of this essential vitamin have been shown to increase the chances of various birth defects, so it is a good idea to get your levels checked. You should aim to start supplementation immediately to reap the benefits as soon as possible! 
Benefits:

  • Aids in the repair and synthesis of DNA
  • Increases cell division and growth
  • May increase male sperm count
  • Lowers risk of neural tube defects
  • Lower risk of premature birth
  • Increases Progesterone levels

Good sources of Folic Acid are leafy green vegetables such as spinach, dried beans, or peas. 

Acetyl L-carnitine

Acetyl L-carnitine, or L-carnitine, is an amino acid that is produced naturally by the body in order to turn fat into energy that your body can use. Some research has been done that shows promise in its use to prevent various female fertility issues such as amenorrhea, PCOS, and endometriosis.

Aside from the potential benefits to female fertility, this compound has also shown positive effects on sperm motility which makes it an ideal candidate for both you and your partner! 

Acetyl L-carnitine Benefits: 

  • Helps to prevent many female fertility issues
  • Increases sperm motility
  • Increased sperm counts
  • Boosts brain power

Good sources of Acetyl L-carnitine are meat, fish, and milk, with red meat being the best source. 

CoQ10

CoQ10, also referred to as ubiquinone, is another amino acid produced naturally by the human body that has shown positive effects on both male and female fertility. By increasing energy production inside the mitochondria of female cells, CoQ10 supplementation has been linked to improved rates of conception in women over the age of 35. 

CoQ10 Benefits: 

  • Increases sperm motility
  • Increased sperm counts
  • Increased energy production inside mitochondrial cells
  • Increased rates of conception with women over the age of 35

Good sources of CoQ10 are organ meats, fatty fish, and cruciferous vegetables

Zinc

Zinc is a mineral that has been found to have many positive effects on both male and female fertility, as well as overall health. 

In females, Zinc helps with regulating your estrogen and progesterone levels, which aids in the healthy function of the reproductive system as a whole. 

In males, Zinc helps with maintaining adequate hormone levels to ensure awell-functioning reproductive system and increased sperm levels and motility. 

Zinc Benefits: 

  • Aids in the regulation of Estrogen and Progesterone levels in females
  • Improves egg development
  • Helps the fallopian tube maintain adequate follicular fluid levels
  • Increases sperm motility

Good sources of Zinc are Oysters, Meat, and Poultry. 

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an essential vitamin that is required for healthy reproductive function. If you are deficient in this vitamin, a whole host of issues related to fertility can come up, commonly resulting in infertility. 

Supplementation of Vitamin E, even in men who aren’t deficient, may results in improved fertility by way of increased sperm motility and overall quality. 

For women, the supplementation of Vitamin E has been shown to decrease the rate of ovulation decline, increasing the chances of successful conception in olderwomen. This vitamin also helps during the formation of the placenta and withmaintenance as the pregnancy continues. 

Vitamin E Benefits: 

  • Increase sperm motility
  • Increases male fertility
  • Increased uterus thickness
  • Overall increased rates of pregnancies in families trying to conceive
  • Restoration of healthy reproductive function in men with deficiencies

Good sources of Vitamin E are sunflower seeds, vegetable oils, and green leafy vegetables.

In Conclusion

Supplementation has been shown to be a low cost and low-risk way of positivelyaffecting your fertility and better preparing your body for conception. Thesecompounds have shown promise and positive outcomes in both male and femalepatients when trying to conceive.

Aside from the positive effects on the reproductive systems of both male and female patients, a plethora of other health benefits are reaped fromsupplementing these vitamins and minerals.

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