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Fertility: the 7 best supplements for helping you to conceive

Do you want to maximise your chances of having a baby? Discover the 7 best supplements for supporting both female and male fertility.
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Certain natural supplements can help when you want to welcome a new life into the world!
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2021-06-22 (blog.publication: 2021-06-18)Comments (0)

What do we mean by ‘fertility’?

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 ...

A few techniques for increasing your fertility

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, sex and 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 can help you conceive

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 supports reproductive health

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, a mineral crucial for fertility

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 and reproduction

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: menstruation and fertility

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).

Vitamins and trace-elements for prospective expectant mothers

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.

References

  1. Sanchez JML, Serrano ZA, Duran JA, Morales HSG, Alvarez PBM (2017) Peruvian Maca and possible Impact on Fertility.J Nutr Health Food Eng 6(5) : 00217.DOI : 10.15406/jnhfe.2017.06.00217.
  2. Mucuna pruriens Reduces Stress and Improves the Quality of Semen in Infertile Men Kamla Kant Shukla 1, Abbas Ali Mahdi, Mohammad Kaleem Ahmad, Shyam Pyari Jaiswar, Satya Narain Shankwar, Sarvada Chandra Tiwari - Evid Based Complement Alternat Med.  2010 Mar;7(1):137-44. doi: 10.1093/ecam/nem171. Epub 2007 Dec 18.
  3. Park JS, Kim GY, Han K. The spermatogenic and ovogenic effects of chronically administered Shilajit to rats. J Ethnopharmacol. 2006 Oct 11;107(3):349-53. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2006.03.039. Epub 2006 Apr 18. PMID: 16698205.
  4. Clinical evaluation of spermatogenic activity of processed Shilajit in oligospermia T K Biswas 1, S Pandit, S Mondal, S K Biswas, U Jana, T Ghosh, P C Tripathi, P K Debnath, R G Auddy, B Auddy - Andrologia. 2010 Feb;42(1):48-56. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0272.2009.00956.x.
  5. Fallah A, Mohammad-Hasani A, Colagar AH. Zinc is an Essential Element for Male Fertility: A Review of Zn Roles in Men's Health, Germination, Sperm Quality, and Fertilization. J Reprod Infertil. 2018;19(2):69-81. 
  6. Withania somnifera improves semen quality by regulating reproductive hormone levels and oxidative stress in seminal plasma of infertile males.Mohammad Kaleem Ahmad, M.Sc.,a Abbas Ali Mahdi, M.A., M.S., Ph.D
  7. Nasimi Doost Azgomi R, Zomorrodi A, Nazemyieh H, et al. Effects of Withania somnifera on Reproductive System: A Systematic Review of the Available Evidence [published correction appears in Biomed Res Int. 2019 Nov 21;2019:7591541]. Biomed Res Int. 2018;2018:4076430. Published 2018 Jan 24. doi:10.1155/2018/4076430
  8. Effect of saffron on fluoxetine-induced sexual impairment in men: randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial - Amirhossein Modabbernia 1, Hamid Sohrabi, Abbas-Ali Nasehi, Firoozeh Raisi, Sepideh Saroukhani, Amirhossein Jamshidi, Mina Tabrizi, Mandana Ashrafi, Shahin Akhondzadeh - Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2012 Oct;223(4):381-8. doi: 10.1007/s00213-012-2729-6. Epub 2012 May 3.
  9. Greenberg JA, Bell SJ, Guan Y, Yu YH. Folic Acid supplementation and pregnancy: more than just neural tube defect prevention. Rev Obstet Gynecol. 2011;4(2):52-59.
  10. Kiely M, Hemmingway A, O'Callaghan KM. Vitamin D in pregnancy: current perspectives and future directions. Ther Adv Musculoskelet Dis. 2017;9(6):145-154. doi:10.1177/1759720X17706453
  11. Brannon PM, Taylor CL. Iron Supplementation during Pregnancy and Infancy: Uncertainties and Implications for Research and Policy. Nutrients. 2017;9(12):1327. Published 2017 Dec 6. doi:10.3390/nu9121327
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