Treat Infertility with Vitamins

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When faced with the challenge of infertility, there are many things you can try to enhance fertility. One of the easiest is supplementing your diet with vitamins. While there is a lack of research evidence that these work with reliability, they also cause no harm when taken in recommended dosages and under your doctor’s supervision. Compared to other interventions, vitamins are simple and cost effective. So what supplements are getting the most buzz?

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a beneficial vitamin for helping to shield your body from free radicals. These unstable molecules are dangerous for a variety of reasons but mostly they damage cells, organs and tissues – even those that affect fertility. So for women, vitamin E can protect those organs. For men, those who suffer from a low sperm count could take vitamin E on a daily basis to improve fertilization rates. There is an older study often quoted to support the use of vitamin E for men, however, the sample was small and several men dropped out of the control group making it hard to compare results.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant. It also assists in the prevention of damage from free radicals. Vitamin C may help treat numerous conditions that affect a woman’s fertility including ovulation disorders.

Selenium

Another antioxidant, selenium may help boost fertility for men. It has been shown in some research to increase sperm quality and quantity

L-carnitine

Some studies have shown increased sperm production and motility in men who supplement with a combination of acetyl-L-carnitine and L-carnitine. The number of pregnancies may not have been statistically significant, but if it was your pregnancy you might disagree.

Coenzyme Q10

A few recent studies have suggested that this supplement could increase sperm count and sperm motility. The results were marginal, but there is some hope that increased pregnancies could occur.

Remember that supplements get little RDA regulation. They may have drug interactions and they may have side effects unique to you and your situation. Always talk to your doctor about what you want to do and why to increase your fertility.

Source: Mayo Clinic, WebMD, LiveStrong


 
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