Do you need to be taking supplements for fertility? And if so, which ones?
As anyone who has struggled to conceive knows, infertility can be a hard journey with many treatment possibilities. But, one factor that may boost your chances can be relatively simple: your diet.
Micronutrients you get through food or supplements play a key role in reproduction.
So which supplements should we be taking to support our fertility?
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
CoQ10 is an antioxidant that plays a crucial role in energy production within cells. It is found naturally in the body, but levels may decline with age. CoQ10 supplementation is often used to improve both male and female fertility by supporting healthy egg and sperm quality.
Other antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, selenium, and zinc help protect cells from oxidative stress and damage. They are known to support reproductive health by improving sperm quality in men and egg quality in women. Antioxidant-rich foods include berries, citrus fruits, nuts, seeds, and leafy green vegetables.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Fatty acids, particularly DHA AND EHA, are important for reproductive health as they help regulate hormones, reduce inflammation, and support overall reproductive function. Omega-3 fatty acids can be obtained from fish oil supplements or through dietary sources like fatty fish, flaxseeds, and chia seeds..
Folic acid, or folate, is a B vitamin that is crucial for foetal development. Adequate folic acid intake is particularly important for women trying to conceive or in the early stages of pregnancy. Many prenatal supplements contain folic acid, and taking them before conception is often recommended.
D Vitamins are important for both male and female fertility, as Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to infertility and hormonal imbalances. Vitamin D can be obtained through sun exposure, fortified foods, and supplements.
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