Below are nutritional recommendations that address important vitamin and mineral deficiencies commonly associated with infertility:
Soy protein is a complete protein that contains all 9 of the essential amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks that make up protein used in tissues and organs and are necessary for energy production. A soy protein product that contains non-GMO soy which is water washed during processing will contain the highest natural nutritional value and be the most bioavailable.
A multivitamin with iron that contains the vitamins A, C, E, K, Beta Carotene and biotin, and the minerals: calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, selenium and boron, can increase the body's ability to function properly. These vitamins and minerals are important for reproductive gland and nerve function, energy production, bone health and serve as antioxidants against free radical damage. Look for a multivitamin that is a food supplement made from all natural ingredients, rather than chemically engineered, for the best results.
Vitamin E is essential for circulation and carries oxygen to the sex organs. It also can strengthen sperm production in men. Vitamin E can be found in alfalfa, flaxseed, dark green leafy vegetables, nuts and whole grains or a quality supplement.
Vitamin C works synergistically with Vitamin E and is important for sperm production. It also fights infection and like vitamin E is an antioxidant. Beside a quality supplement, vitamin C can also be found in berries, green vegetables and citrus fruits like grapefruits, lemons, oranges and mangos.
Zinc is important for the functioning of the reproductive organisms including the prostate. It works synergistically with vitamins E and A and is required for protein synthesis. Zinc is found naturally in brewer's yeast, egg yolks, fish, beans, seeds, soy and whole grains and can be taken in supplement form.
All eight B vitamins are essential for reproductive gland function, protect genetic material in the egg and sperm and reduce the risks of birth defects. B vitamins are commonly found in brewer's yeast, eggs, meat, milk and whole grains. A good B vitamin supplement will contain all 8 B vitamins as they work synergistically, and all are needed in the proper ratios for potency.
Increasing the nutritional value of your diet by supplementation and the addition of high quality, nutrient rich food will improve your overall state of wellness and may increase your body's natural ability to conceive and bear healthy children.