A couple is said to be fertile when they succeed in conceiving within a year when having regular, unprotected sex (several times a week). Fertility depends on numerous factors: the number and vigour of sperm, egg production, the age of the couple, alcohol consumption, smoking, weight ...
Men are generally fertile from puberty until their 60s (when their fertility starts to decline) whereas women can only become pregnant between puberty and menopause, with a fall in fertility from the age of 36.
To increase fertility, it helps to adopt some recommended measures: stop smoking and eat a healthy diet (both men and women), be aware of the different phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle so that you know when ovulation is taking place, etc. In terms of the sex itself, the missionary position is best (though don’t let it become boring!), and the woman should stay lying down afterwards and avoid douching.
You also have the option of ingesting certain natural substances in the form of dietary supplements to help support your fertility. In this article, we outline the respective benefits of the 7 best supplements for fertility.
Maca (or Peruvian ginseng) is a tuber native to the Andes, grown for thousands of years for its many nutritional and medicinal properties. It is particularly rich in fibre, amino acids, vitamins, and macamides and macaenes.
When taken for several weeks or months, maca helps to maintain healthy sexuality and stimulate fertility by acting on germ cells in both sexes (1) (try the supplement Super Maca).
Mucuna pruriens (also known as velvet bean) is a plant well-known in Ayurveda, India’s traditional system of medicine. Mucuna pruriens helps support reproduction.
Its benefits for fertility are believed to be primarily related to semen quality (2). So, for our male customers, you can either take a supplement of Mucuna pruriens alone, or one in which it is combined with maca (such as the formulation Natural Anti Prolactin Support).
Shilajit is a mineral-rich substance used for almost 3000 years in India’s Ayurvedic medicine. A complex blend of more than 80 minerals and proteins, it is predominantly found at high altitudes in the Himalayas. Amongst others, shilajit contains humic acid, humus, amino acids and fulvic acid.
Shilajit is a supplement rich in trace-elements that may help both men and women by supporting their reproductive health. Animal tests have shown its effect in promoting spermatogenesis and oogenesis (3-4). Choose, for example, Super Shilajit, a supplement with a high content of active ingredients.
Zinc is a trace-element essential for health (growth, the immune system, reproductive function, etc.) which is primarily found at trace levels in muscles and bones, but also in the prostate and in sperm. Zinc is known to support normal fertility and reproduction (5).
Zinc is found in food (oysters, liver, meat, nuts, etc) but you can also increase your intake by taking zinc supplements.
Ashwagandha is one of traditional Indian medicine’s major adaptogen plants. The root of an Indian shrub, it is rich in active ingredients (alkaloids, saponins, steroidal lactones...) and has been used for thousands of years.
When dried and ground into a powder, ashwagandha makes an effective fertility supplement. As well as promoting relaxation, and healthy cardiovascular and respiratory function, this plant is good for those wanting a baby as it helps support reproductive function by targeting spermatogenesis and female sexual behaviour (6-7).
Saffron (Crocus sativus) is a well-known spice used in cooking.
But did you know it is also an adaptogen plant recognised in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for its pro-sexuality properties? Saffron helps to normalise the process of menstruation and fertility (8).
As well as taking a supplement to boost fertility, women trying to get pregnant may also wish to take more traditional supplements to help ‘prepare the ground’ for the foetus.
They may therefore find it helpful to supplement with:
Taking the right supplement can thus help improve male and female fertility, in order to facilitate and accelerate conception Don’t hesitate, too, to seek advice from your doctor.
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