My top nutrients for fertility!Sep 27, 2020
EVERYONE LOVES A GOOD LIST OF SUPPLEMENTS...
Zinc (as piccolinate/sulfate) 25mg daily with food
Zinc is needed whenever the body is growing, so when you're a toddler, a teen, and a mother growing a baby! Some numbers state 82% of pregnant women are zinc deficient! It's no wonder babies are born with this deficiency, and it goes undiagnosed for most of their childhood, being a contributor to poor mood, sleep and learning ability.
Men need zinc to create sperm, so this is super key too. The above dose is usually enough, and caution: too much can cause other mineral dysbalances
Iron (Test your ferritin!)
Oh my goodness I could go on forever on this, but 1 in 5 women are walking around with a ferritin of under 50. That means you are likely not to be ovulating during your cycles, even if you do have periods.
During pregnancy, your ferritin stores can fall further as baby grows fast during the second trimester, leaving a momma huffed and puffed out of wind.
CoQ10 in the form of ubiquinol 100mg daily
It doesn't have a direct effect on fertility per se, but as a strong antioxidant and energy promoter, it can help level up the entire body's functioning and that is what improves health and therefore fertility. Many feel much more energetic and resilient after using coQ10, and a good number of IVF clinics are handing these out like candy.
Vitamin D (Test!)
Yes it's sunny, but we can't make vitamin D through our eyes, looking out at a sunny scenery... we have to get out in the sun, almost naked, for 2 hours or so every day.
It's no wonder our mood is blah and more and more babies are born with poor bone mineralisation.
Specific to conception, Vitamin D levels of above 30 ng/ml straight up improves outcomes.
Like everything, singular over-supplementation can bring the other vitamins, and your calcium into dysbalance.
Tip: Stay under 3000iu/day
Chaste tree berry (Vitex) extract 200mg daily
This is a herb that promotes progesterone, the hormone of chill goddess vibes!
Progesterone is a beacon of light to sperm, it grows a cosy endometrial lining for fertilised eggs to cosy up in there, and it is key to the survival of young embryos.
Once pregnant, the placenta starts producing its own HUGE amounts of progesterone and that's my favourite bit about pregnancy! So chill, so sleepy, so relaaaaxed.
Stress depletes progesterone, therefore every woman could do with a bit of a gentle encouragement with this herb.