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Nutritional therapy enhances fertility-Experts

Chioma Obinna

It is estimated worldwide that one out of every seven couples has problems conceiving. There are many causes of infertility, most of which are treatable by medical and alternative therapies.

Research shows that approximately 60 per cent of cases are due to female infertility, and 40 per cent are due to male infertility, although many cases are unexplained, or due to combined factors from both partners.

However, experts say no matter the cause of your infertility, nutritional and dietary therapy can be used by both male and female partners to enhance fertility.

Studies have shown that nutritional and dietary therapy improves pregnancy rates and numerous research articles have shown that the use of nutritional supplements prior to and during pregnancy improves the health of both mother and baby.

According to them, certain foods and supplements regulate hormone balance, and contain factors beneficial to egg and sperm health and development; they are prescribed according to the needs of the individual patient.

Infertility is the inability to conceive after one year of active trying if the female is under age 35, or after six months of active trying if the female is age 35 or older.

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Apart from nutritional and dietary therapy, experts have found that mind-body techniques such as meditation, yoga, and certain exercises are often useful for patients struggling with infertility as they reduce stress and cortisol levels and allow the body to prioritise reproduction.

According to them, “Therapy and support groups can be helpful to deal with the psychological stress and feeling of isolation experienced by many fertility patients.

For proper functioning of the body, a balanced diet is very much essential. For some extent, supplements can also help to improve fertility. Deficiency of proteins and calories from undernourishment is a cause of infertility. So, experts argued that sufficient nutrition should be the basis for treating any kind of illness.

Some dietary and lifestyle recommendations for infertile couples are: Avoid taking illegal drugs and quit smoking. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and high sugar intake.

Avoid taking foods with gluten and wheat protein. Avoid acidic foods like red meat and tea.

Take whole foods that are high in vitamins and minerals as much as you can, because whole foods are essential for reproductive health.

Take supplements containing vitamin E, which regulates the production of cervical mucus. Main sources of vitamin E include: nuts, eggs and vegetable oils. These foods protect your fatty tissues, which are are essential to improve fertility.

Increase the intake of fatty acids, as the intake of fatty acids stimulates the production of sex hormones. Main sources of fatty acids include: seeds, pulses, oily fish, fish liver oil, beans, and unrefined vegetable oils.

Take sufficient vitamin A products. Early recognition can help to avoid the food allergies.

Vitamin B6 supplements can help to increase the levels of progesterone hormone in women with irregular or absent menstrual cycle.

Consider supplements containing starflower oil, borage seed oil, linseed oil, blackcurrant oil and evening primrose oil.

Take folic acid and vitamin B supplements as deficiency of these supplements can cause anemia, which is associated with infertility. Take sufficient selenium products, as deficiency of them can cause infertility in women. Bee pollen and royal jelly are extremely nutrient-rich bee products that help stimulate fertility.

Take vitamin A and zinc because they correct any nutritional deficiencies in your body thus promoting some hormonal imbalances. Pumpkin seeds are the best sources of zinc.

Extracts from animal adrenal glands or glandular can help to adjust the hormonal imbalances.

Do relaxation exercises such as meditation, deep breathing, visualisation, prayer, etc for 10-15 minutes everyday.

Everyday, drink at least eight glasses of water. Nutritionists recommend alkaline foods like peas, bean sprouts and milk to reduce acidity in the cervical mucus as it can inhibit sperm.



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