Jun 172010
 

Here’s why folic acid, zinc, selenium, and three other nutritional supplements improve your fertility and help you get pregnant.

Supplements Boost Fertility

Getting Pregnant Faster

Just when I thought I’d read everything about getting pregnant, I  read Getting Pregnant Faster: Boost Your Fertility in Just 3 Months – Naturally. In it, Dr Glenville lists supplements to boost fertility, and describes why and how the supplements work.

“All the supplements outlined in this chapter have been shown to be highly effective for optimum nutrition, fertility boosting, and a healthy pregnancy in conjunction with (not instead of) a healthy diet,” writes Dr Glenville in Getting Pregnant Faster: Boost Your Fertility in Just Three Months. She says most of us aren’t getting all the nutrients we need to ensure optimum health and fertility from our food, so we need to supplement our diet with fertility boosting supplements.

And, here are six fertility boosting supplements she mentions, along with a brief description (though she goes into far more detail in her book).

6 Supplements to Boost Fertility

These supplements aren’t just for women – most of them affect a man’s sperm count, quality, and production, too!

1. Folic acid is crucial for a healthy pregnancy because it produces DNA and protects the neural tube. Dr Glenville says women trying to get pregnant should take folic acid up to three months before conception – and she says men should take it too. “New evidence suggests that folic acid deficiency reduces fertility in men and may damage the DNA carried by sperm.” Buy Nature Made Folic Acid on Amazon.





2. Zinc is a supplement to boost fertility because it is vitally important for growth and proper cell division in a fetus. Zinc deficiency leads to reduced fertility, hormone imbalance, and increased risk of miscarriage. “Zinc is also needed for the proper development of sperm,” writes Dr Glenville. “Research suggests that zinc deficiency in men causes a temporary but reversible reduction in sperm count and a reduced testosterone level; giving zinc to men with low testosterone levels increases sperm count.” Buy Now Foods Zinc Gluconate on Amazon.

3. Selenium is a mineral that helps protect your body from free radical damage, which is very important for healthy cell division. Selenium deficiency in women has been linked to a higher risk of miscarriage. Selenium deficiency in men is associated with sperm that can’t move properly and are thus less likely to impregnate an egg. This fertility boosting supplement can make sperm more fertile. But, before you take fertility supplements to get pregnant, always check with your doctor.

4. Essential fatty acids can help you get pregnant faster because they regulate reproductive hormones and boost your baby’s brain, eye, and central nervous system development. The prostaglandins in essential fatty acids have hormone-like functions and can help prevent blood from clotting inappropriately, which can prevent the risk of miscarriage. Men who have sperm problems have lower than normal levels of beneficial prostaglandins. Buy PacificCoast NutriLabs Fish Oil Omega 3 Supplements on Amazon.

5. Vitamins B6 and B12 are supplements that boost fertility because they help the development and maintenance of a healthy immune system, and for cellular reproduction (respectively). Vitamin B6 deficiency may result in poor immune function, hormone imbalances, and various other problems – and taking Vitamin B6 can help regulate periods and increase fertility. Vitamin B12 can reduce the risk of miscarriage and raise a low sperm count. Your body doesn’t store B12, so it’s important to eat foods that increase fertility levels.

6. Vitamin E can help you get pregnant because it may reduce age-related ovarian decline in women. This fertility boosting supplement helps combat free radicals, which can lower sperm count (and if you want to get pregnant faster, you need as high a sperm count as possible!). Plus, Vitamin E deficiency can result in anemia and irritability.

Other fertility boosting supplements:

  • Vitamin C
  • Manganese
  • Iron
  • L-Arginine
  • L-Carnitine
  • Co-Enzyme Q10
  • Vitamin A
fertility supplements

6 Supplements to Boost Fertility and Help You Conceive

“[These fertility boosting supplements] will boost your general health and well-being. In just a few weeks you will notice that you feel more relaxed and upbeat, you’ll have better digestion, fewer aches and pains, softer skin, brighter eyes, and bags of energy,” writes Dr Glenville. “All this is an unexpected by commonly reported bonus of following my fertility-boosting plan.”

Have you been trying to get pregnant for longer than six months? It may be time to go back to the beginning, and read A Preconception Checklist.

If you have any thoughts on food and supplements, please comment below…

laurie pawlik kienlenI'm Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen - bookworm, travel bug, flute player, writer, blogger, warrior princess. :-) My husband and I live in Vancouver, Canada with our cat and dogs.

Are you happy? My Grade 10 Social Studies teacher always asked me that. And I am happy, despite a hard childhood (schizophrenic mom, no dad, foster homes), infertility, an eating disorder, and a chronic illness. The source of my peace and joy is God; I'm a Christian. Where do you find peace?

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  9 Responses to “6 Supplements to Boost Fertility and Help You Conceive”

  1. If you have any questions about getting pregnant with fertility boosting supplements, please talk to your doctor. It’s not possible to answer your questions without getting an in-person medical or gynecological examination.

  2. i am 21, i have regular periods. i had sex on my third day of menstrual period. on it’s next day, it stopped. it’s a month now since my mentrual flow occured. it’s also a week now that i can notice a drop of blood coming out from my vagina when i discharge urine. is it possible that i am pregnant or what? i wish anyone of you here can answer me. thanks.

  3. hi,my sperm motility are low.how increase sperm motility?

  4. Thanks for your comment, Jeff — and congratulations on your new baby! I agree; trying different natural supplements until you find the one that works for you is the best way to go.

  5. My partner and I had tried hormone therapy at one point after many months of trying supplements, once my wife did become pregnant various tests showed abnormal fetus growth, eventually she miscarried, she then tried various diets and supplements, and after finding a competent homeopath to help both of us, after about 16 months my wife was able to conceive and we now have a healthy newborn, I do not think there is one pure or healthy method. It is just a matter of trial and error and eventually the right kind of healthy ingredients eventually will work.

    Jeff

  6. Hi Niamat,

    I’m sorry to hear about your sperm — I know how hard it is to want to have a baby, but not be able to.

    Your first step is to listen to your doctor’s advice about how to increase sperm health. I also suggest getting a second opinion from a fertility specialist, who might have different advice for you.

    And, I encourage you to talk to a naturopathic doctor. Sometimes natural supplements, fertility boosters, and acupuncture can help with sperm health and production — but results do vary from person to person.

    You may also find Tips for Improving Male Infertility helpful.

    Blessings,
    Laurie

  7. hi,
    my name is niamat & age is 29 years.i have low sperms in my semen witch is not showing in my semen but in bio o psi report something is there but very short witch is not enough to pregnancy.
    now what i can ti do for increase my sperm & get baby.
    plz tell me as soon as posible.
    Thanks,
    Niamat Ullah Awan.

  8. Dear Shilpa,

    I don’t know if IUI (intrauterine insemination) is the only solution for you and your husband to get pregnant. You need a medical doctor’s opinion — or a fertility doctor’s opinion!

    If you prefer to get pregnant naturally (though I think IUI is fairly natural….it’s just helping the sperm reach the egg!). But if you want to get pregnant more naturally, maybe you could talk to a naturopath or natural health doctor. Sometimes, they ahve fertility boosting supplements that can improve your chances of pregnancy.

    You could also try getting a second opinion from a medical or fertility doctor. Getting pregnant naturally really depends on your body, and your husband’s body too!

    I wish you all the best,
    Laurie

  9. My age is 30yrs. And my husbands 35yrs. We want second baby But we are failed. We are trying since 6 months. Now we started treatment. The Doctor treated by IOU. But somehow i forgot to have some medicine. And my periods get show. Now I feel so bad. Then Doctor said wait for 1 month. Now don’t take any medicines instead of folic acids peals. your husbands quality of sperm is weak. Make them strong ny suppliments. Then we’ll go for the same treatment. But I dont want IOU. We want naturally. First time I get pregnant naturally.
    Is there any chances to get pregnant naturally? or the IOU is the only solution.
    Thank You!

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