We have been asked by many of our clients what the key supplements for fertility are. Below we give some of our recommendations. There are different dietary and herbal supplements that can be taken to help to help treat infertility. You should remember that taking supplements should always be seen as part of a holistic approach to treating infertility. There are many lifestyle changes also to consider. In order to gain a comprehensive and complete guide to become pregnant.
You should also consult your doctor so that they can monitor your progress. When taking supplements you must be careful especially if you suffer from kidney, liver or heart diseases.
Here is a breakdown of the common types of supplements for fertility used in part to treat infertility:
Calcium: Used for bone and tooth formation, nerve impulse. About two weeks before menstruating, calcium levels decrease significantly in women. This drop in levels can result in headaches, pelvic pain and muscle cramps. Calcium requires vitamin D to be absorbed into the body; therefore, if taking a calcium supplement, should also take vitamin D.
Iron: We need iron to make blood cells and to transport oxygen around our bodies. During menstruation, the average woman looses an estimated 30 mg of iron, and some women who have endometriosis may lose even more due to heavy menstruation. This can lead to iron deficiency. This loss can cause hair loss, weakness, serious fatigue, breathlessness and mental haziness.
Potassium: aids in nerve transmission, water balance, muscle contraction, heart rate regulation, heart and kidney function and the balance of body fluids among other things. Women who suffer diarrhoea during their menses can become deficient in potassium which can result in mood changes, bloating, fatigue, heart disturbances and weakness.
Selenium: This antioxidant protects the cells from free radical damage. With its protective power, selenium can prevent chromosome breakage, which is known to be a cause of birth defects and miscarriage.
Magnesium : Helps to relax the body and relieve cramping during menstruation. Magnesium deficiency can lead to muscle and menstrual cramps.
Zinc: Involved in over two hundred enzymatic actions. It aids in the reproduction of cells and is vital for enzyme activity. It is believed that zinc helps women cope better with their emotions during menstruation and reduces irritability.
Herbal remedies are another form of supplements used as part of a holistic program to treat fertility. The objective of herbal treatment is to decrease pain in some infertile sufferers, improve pelvis circulation, and establish hormonal balance. The following are a few herbs commonly used to treat infertility.
Vitamin B: These water soluble vitaminsworks to breakdown carbohydrates, fat and protein in the body. Folic acid is particularly important as it distributes oxygen to the tissues, and a deficiency in this particular B vitamin can cause anaemia.
Vitamin C: helps build and preserve collagen in the body, simulates the immune system, encourages healing, and resists disease.
Vitamin E: helps strengthen immune system. When taken with selenium it can decrease inflammation associated with infertility.
Vitex agnus castus: Is one of the most important herbs for female hormone problems. It stimulates and normalises the function of the pituitary gland, which works in restoring the hormones. This herb has been considered useful to relieve cramping and discomfort during menses because it reduces prolactin.
Cimicifugae racemosae rhizome: This herb is used to treat many forms of pain such as dysmenorrhoea.
Dandelion: This herb cleanses the liver, the major organ of detoxification which helps to alleviate accumulated ‘old’ female hormones.
Wild yam: Wild yam contains plant hormone precursors, which help in the production and balancing of progesterone and estrogen. Also works as a muscle relaxant.
Dong Quai: Dong quai is known for its positive impact on female health, in particular; pre menstrual symptoms, cramping and to normalise irregular cycles caused by imbalanced hormones.
Evening Primrose Oil: This oil is high in essential fatty acids which boost the production of prostaglandin and reduces symptoms associated with endometriosis.