When trying to get pregnant, many times we can fail to conceive because our diets are lacking in the nutrients necessary for a successful conception and pregnancy to take place. Even when we are very careful about our diet and "eat well", our diet can still be insufficient.
When trying to get pregnant your main objective should be to try and create the healthiest eggs and sperm possible, and in the woman, the most fertile environment possible so conception can occur.
Often, with many couples, an ordinary diet lacks the necessary nutrients a healthy pregnancy requires. The body knows this, and until the nutrient levels are there, does not conceive.
So in order for the body to receive the nutrients it needs to conceive nutritional supplements are often required to supplement even the best most carefully planned diets.
There are a wealth of supplements available. A short stroll through you local supermarket or health food store reveals an array of choices; Fertility Supplement, Prenatal Vitamins, Fertility Blend, Natural Fertility Supplement, and so on.
The key is not so much what brand you buy, although quality is important, but more important is that the supplement you buy contains all the nutrients needed for high fertility. To achieve this you may have to buy more than one supplement to make sure you cover every nutrient.
Whether you buy a single supplement product or you need to buy quite a few different ones, it or they should contain the following:
– Vitamins A, E, D
– Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12
– Biotin, Cholene, Inositol, PABA
– Folic Acid
– Vitamin C and Bioflavinoids
– Potassium, Iron, Manganese
– Chromium, Selenium, Iodine
– Evening Primrose Oil
After taking supplements containing all of these, apart from giving your body everything needs to conceive, you should feel greater well-being and notice higher levels of energy. How these supplements benefit you in terms of you conceiving are as follows:
Vitamin A – For men, vitamin A is necessary for sperm production and production of testosterone. In women it keeps the cilia in the fallopian tubes healthy, and deficiencies in either men or women could lead to infection and miscarriage. Vitamin A is a known antioxidant so it plays an important role in detoxifying your body.
Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, PABA, Folic Acid, Inositol, Choline – These vitamins usually occur together and are necessary for balancing estrogen and progesterone, as well as the production of sex hormones. For male fertility the B group is especially important. Vitamin B5 is needed for the testes to be healthy, high sperm count and motility require Vitamin B12, and Inositol is needed for a healthy prostate gland. A deficiency in Vitamin B can result in a miscarriage or risk of the baby being stillborn.
Vitamin C and Bioflavinoids – Because Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant it works to eliminate toxins in your system, like lead for example. Vitamin C encourages ovulation in women who have not been producing eggs and who may be anovular. In men it follows the sperm from clumping. However a deficiency of Vitamin C during the period of conception and early pregnancy can result in a miscarriage.
Calcium – You need calcium for producing fertile mucus in the vagina. You know it's fertile when it is stretchy. Calcium deficiency can result in toxemia while pregnant.
Magnesium – Estrogen and Progesterone require Magnesium if they are to be produced. If a woman has a Magnesium deficiency the muscle contracts of the Fallopian Tubes can be affected, interfering with the movement of eggs and sperm within the uterus. You know you have a Magnesium deficiency if you crave sugary foods, chocolate in particular.
Potassium – Potassium is necessary for sperm motility and the general wellbeing of glands. Iron – Iron is essential for hemoglobin production and the correct formation of fetal blood. Without enough iron infertility can result.
Manganese – Manganese is involved with building and breaking down genetic material, like nuclearic acids. It also plays a part in the secretions from glands that affect a womans' maternal instinct, her desire to love and nurture her child. Deficiencies in Manganese reduce sperm count and can result in infertility.
Zinc – Zinc is required for a healthy sperm count and for the sperm to be well formed. Zinc deficiency can result in chromosomal abnormalities in the sperm and low levels of testosterone. For women, low zinc can lead to a miscarriage. Whether male or female zinc is very important to your reproductive health.
Chromium – Chromium helps with glucose metabolism, which stabilizes blood sugar levels.
Selenium – Healthy levels of Selenium help males with sperm production and motility. It is a known antioxidant and can help remove toxins from the body. Low levels of Selenium reduce sperm production and sperm motility.
Iodine – The thyroid gland the balance of hormones in the body and for it to function properly it needs Iodine. When a woman has a thyroid gland that is not enough effective she may not ovulate during her cycle.
Evening Primrose Oil and MaxEPA – These two contain Omega 3 essential fatty acids which are important for providing what body needs for building cell membranes and body structures. They are also necessary for correct hormone balance and prostaglandin production. In females they help with bloodflow in the uterus. Deficiencies of essential fatty acids can lead to chromosomal defects and miscarriage.
Search your local health food store or supermarket for a supplement product or a combination of products that contain all of the vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids mentioned above. Taking the recommended daily doses of these will provide your body with all the nutrients it needs for it to become a highly fertile environment where conception can occur.
Copyright 2006 Helene Kvist