One of the questions I get asked all the time is "What supplements did you take?". So I thought it's about time I chatted about that. Please bear in mind that you don't want to be taking every single supplement available for fertility, less is more baby, excuse the pun!!! The key is to nourish your body to optimum health with an organic, whole food diet and obviously add supplements for nutrients, vitamins, minerals etc. we are not able to obtain from our diet. Not to mention that all these supplements can get rather costly! It is best to research each supplement in depth, and then see which will work best for your current diagnosis or situation.
So Iet's start with where I needed help..... I needed to increase my estrogen levels, I needed my AF back, I needed to start ovulating and I needed my hot flushes to stop, as in urgently (these are actually all connected). So I had to focus on kick starting my ovaries and balancing my hormones, lowering my FSH and I had to drastically improve my egg health and egg quality due to my age, I was 38 at this point. So I started with a few supplements that I felt were important and I added to my daily regime as time (and money) went on.
These are the supplements I started with daily:
Assists your body in preparing for pregnancy.
Omega 3 fish oil - DHA & EPA
Good for your overall health, your fertility and the health of your unborn baby.
Calcium & Magnesium
All ladies should be taking this and especially ladies with POF as you know that decreased estrogen levels lead to bone density loss.
Gut health is crucial and it also effects your fertility, believe it or not. Invest in the best probiotic you can afford and be sure to look out for a multi-strain product.
Folate is a B vitamin, aka Folic Acid. Folic acid is the synthetic form used in many supplements. Folate prevents serious neural tube defects in babies and also plays a very important role in the development and quality of eggs. The earlier you take it, the better! Rather opt for natural Folate than the synthetic form, as your liver has to convert the Folic Acid into Folate.
My dosage: 160mg, 3 times daily (morning, noon, night)
CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant that occurs naturally within our bodies, it is manufactured and used by our cells. CoQ10 improves egg health and egg quality and is an essential supplement if you are over 35 years of age or have a diminished ovarian reserve.
Vitex (Chaste Tree or Chaste berry)
Vitex acts on the pituitary gland and regulates its function, therefore it helps to balance hormone levels. It is very useful for regulating your monthly cycle and for healthy ovaries. Due to me having no monthly cycle, I definitely needed to take Vitex.
My dosage: 3 capsules in the morning, on an empty stomach, 30 minutes prior to any food.
Maca has become well know for treating fertility problems or easing menopausal symptoms, it is rich in many vitamins and minerals needed to conceive. It supports healthy ovulation and boosts your sex drive! A super-food to include daily if you are suffering from menopause or POF.
I was adding 1-2 tablespoons to my morning smoothie.
NB: YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE MACA IF YOU HAVE, AN ALLERGY TO IODINE, HASHIMOTO'S, THYROID NODULES OR GROWTHS, AS MACA CONTAINS LARGE AMOUNTS OF IODINE. YOU SHOULD ALSO BE CAUTIOUS IF YOU HAVE PCOS.
Great for lowering FSH and ridding the blood of toxins. Opt for organic freshly juiced or the powdered form.
I would add 1 teaspoon of powder in my morning smoothie.
This exceptionally nutritive plant food source has been shown to be excellent for supporting healthy fertility .
I would add 1 teaspoon in my morning smoothie.
Keep an eye out for my next post on the results that followed.