Fertility Supplements

The health and viability of the cells around the egg, and of the egg itself and the resulting embryo, are influenced by the blood flow surrounding these cells and the amount of antioxidant protecting them from the damaging effects of oxidation products.

 Folic acid: This B vitamin is a specific co-factor in the production of Nitric Acid (NO)* in the body. Even although the recommended daily allowance (RDA) is 400 micrograms, I would recommend taking at least 1000 micrograms a day during the reproductive years and some patients with certain metabolic errors may even need more than 2000 micrograms daily.

Omega-3 fatty acids: These healthy essential fats increase NO* production by your blood vessels, which will help to maximize blood flow to the pelvic organs. They are also important in preparing for pregnancy, as they improve fetal brain development. Many prenatal vitamins now contain omega-3’s for the same reason. We recommend 500 to 1000 mg of EPA/DHA (a serving of salmon provides over 1000 mg, so no need to take it on a day when you have salmon).

CO Enzyme Q-10: is critical to energy production in the cell. In the aging rat, this mitochondrial nutrient has been shown to reverse effects of aging on the egg (Casper, 2010). A dose of 400 mg twice per day is a comparable dose that an older female (over age 38) could choose to take, understanding that there is not yet information in the human that these same benefits would be seen. Supplements of Q-10 have been used in a number of other studies with no side effects or adverse events being reported.

Vitamin D3: Among women, vitamin D appears to impact in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the most common female endocrine disorder, as well as boost levels of progesterone and estrogen, which regulate menstrual cycles and improve the likelihood of successful conception. In men, vitamin D is essential for the healthy development of the nucleus of the sperm cell, and helps maintain semen quality and sperm count. Vitamin D also increases levels of testosterone, which may boost libido. A new report has shown that exposure to sunlight boosts fertility in both men and women by increasing their levels of vitamin D, a benefit that appears to work on multiple levels. Vitamin D3 supplement can be taken orally, but research suggests the average adult needs to take 8,000 IU’s of vitamin D per day in order to elevate their levels above 40 ng/ml, which is the absolute minimum for disease prevention. The daily maintenance should be 5,000 IU’s daily.

Pycnogenol: We recommend increasing your intake of natural antioxidants such as pomegranate, blackberries, blueberries, green tea and lots of fruits and vegetables. Also, pycnogenol is a potent antioxidant that helps decrease the breakdown of NO* and has been shown to be quite effective for stimulating NO*. You could consider taking 50-120 mg of pycnogenol per day if your intake of natural antioxidants is low, particularly if you are age 40 or older. It is a proanthocyanidin similar to the principle antioxidants in blueberries and also found in cocoa, green tea and red wine.

Once the pregnancy test is positive, you need only take prenatal vitamins, folic acid and vitamin D, although we do recommend a prenatal vitamin containing omega-3’s.

Men should be taking a daily fertility multivitamin, along with Vitamin D3, Omega-3 fatty acids, and CoQ10.

NO:  Nitric Acid. – Learn more by reading our blog article, “Nitric Oxide: The New Hero of Human Biology