Nutritionists say that slight vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and exposure to
chemical toxins, interfere with sperm and egg production and can encourage miscarriage.
A practitioner may recommend alkaline foods, such as bean sprouts, peas, and milk, to
offset acidity in the cervical mucus, which can inhibit sperm. Avoid acidic foods, such as
red meat and tea. Foods rich in vitamin E, like vegetable oils, nuts, and eggs, protect
fatty tissues (thought to be important for fertility). Foods containing essential fatty
acids, such as seeds, legumes, and oily fish, are also good. Supplements such as evening
primrose oil, starflower oil, linseed oil, borage seed oil, and blackcurrant oil are also
valuable. Folic acid and vitamin B supplements may be suggested, since deficiencies can
lead to anemia that is associated with infertility. Some practitioners also claim that
supplements of vitamin B6 may raise levels of progesterone in women with irregular or
Here is a summary of the action of the most important vitamins/minerals/amino acids
that play a role in conception. More detailed information on these vitamins can be
obtained by visiting holisticonline.com
Vitamin E Diet
Vitamin E is the fertility vitamin. Vitamin E helps to normalize hormone production by
rejuvenating the endocrine system. It is also essential in cellular respiration and the
absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. Choose a product containing mixed tocopherols and
begin by taking 200 international units daily, then gradually increase the dosage until
you are taking 400 international units twice daily.
Natural sources of vitamin E include green, leafy vegetables, and watercress. Drink one
tablespoon of watercress juice daily or add a few fresh sprigs to a salad. Wheat germ is
an excellent source of vitamin E. In certain cases miscarriage can be prevented if the
pregnant woman eats wheat germ on a regular basis.
Foods rich in vitamin E, such as liver, sunflower oil, and pumpkin seeds, may counter
Note: If you have high blood pressure, limit your intake of supplemental vitamin E to a
total of 400 international units daily. If you are taking an anticoagulant (blood
thinner), consult your physician before taking supplemental vitamin E.
The B vitamins are required for a healthy nervous system and help maintain muscle tone
in the intestinal tract. Take a good B-complex supplement that supplies 25 to 50
milligrams of each of the major B vitamins daily.
Vitamin B6 given for six months or more can make a
marked difference in some women having problems conceiving, as this vitamin helps balance
progesterone levels. The other B vitamins are best taken together to prevent imbalances
Supplemental Digestive Enzymes
Taking supplemental digestive enzymes ensures full utilization of all nutrients. Take a
full-spectrum digestive- enzyme supplement providing 5,000 international units of lipase,
2,500 international units of amylase, and 300 international units of protease, plus 500 to
1,000 milligrams of pancreatin, immediately before each meal.
Note: Long-term supplementation with pancreatin is not
advised, as it can cause your pancreas to reduce its own production of this important
enzyme. Overuse also has the potential to cause nausea or diarrhea. After two months on
pancreatin, discontinue use and monitor your reaction. If you find that your digestive
problems recur, discuss pancreatin supplementation with your health-care provider.
Essential Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids, found in black currant seed oil, borage oil, evening primrose
oil, and flaxseed oil, are required for normal glandular activity. This supplement is
especially important for women who are highly athletic and/or very strict about eating a
low-fat diet. Take 500 to 1,000 milligrams of any of these oils two or three times daily.
Folic acid is necessary for successful conception and pregnancy. Moreover, low levels
of folic acid early in pregnancy have been linked with an increased risk in so- called
neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, in the developing fetus. A woman who wishes to
become pregnant should take 400 milligrams of supplemental folic acid twice a day.
Royal jelly is rich in hormonal factors that help optimize hormone balance in both
sexes. Many believe it enhances sexual performance. Take 20 milligrams of royal jelly
Selenium is an antioxidant that prevents free-radical damage, works synergistically
with vitamin E, and preserves tissue elasticity. Take 200 micrograms of selenium daily.
Vitamin/Mineral Supplement for Absence of Ovulation
|High-potency multiple vitamins/minerals|
|Vitamin C, 500 to 1,000 milligrams three times daily|
|Vitamin E, 400 to 800 International Units daily|
|Flaxseed oil, 1 tablespoon daily|