Below I have chosen my favourite supplements to support fertility from Pure and Natural Ireland. You can use my code NBN10 for 10% off and delivery is only €2.50 or free on orders over €75. You will be prompted to register an account in order to place any of the products in your basket. IMPORTANT* make sure you enter the discount code into the box where it asks for the practitioner name or code. The 10% will stay active on your account for any future orders.
I have also included an American website called iherb. When I was trying to conceive I purchased my CoQ10 and NAC from this site as they were less than half the price they were here in Ireland.
IMPORTANT* I would recommend choosing the DHL delivery option with the duty paid in advance for the quickest delivery and the least hassle with customs!
If you are taking any medication or have a medical condition, please check with your doctor before starting any new supplement regime.
I have chosen this prenatal as it’s a food based one. Food based prenatal’s tend to be gentler on the tummy and they are easily absorbable. I prefer them to synthetic nutrients which are harder for the body to recognise. For example some people can’t metabolise synthetic folic acid and therefore don’t get the protective benefits from a prenatal which contains this form.
If you do get pregnant you can simply switch over to their pregnancy support, which is the same price.
I remember the first prenatal I ever got for my partner; he wouldn’t take it as he said it made is tummy sick. In general the food based supplements don’t have a tendency to make you feel ill. Sperm has a really high need for anti oxidants as well as energy supportive nutrients to make the journey up the fallopian tubes! It’s vital that both partners take a prenatal to ensure the very best chance of pregnancy.
I discussed in my webinar how DHA, a component of omega 3 fish oil, is absolutely vital for baby eye and brain development. So much so that if it’s not available from mom’s diet then baby will take it for her brain. OMEGA 3 is also important for fertility as it forms an integral part of our cell membranes, which is where hormone signalling takes place. Aim for 2-3 portions of oily fish weekly and if you are not reaching this target then it’s important to supplement.
This probiotic contains strains of bacteria that have been proven, that when taken by mouth will colonise the vagina. The lactobacillus family is especially effective at protecting against infections in that region including HPV, Candida and StrepB.
I would also recommend including fermented foods in your fertility diet for like; kombucha, kefir, live yoghurt and sauerkraut to not only support over all gut health, but also to support the immune system and help reduce inflammation. Kombucha is a lovely refreshing alternative to wine!
While we are on the topic of probiotics I want to stress importance of good oral hygiene, flossing regularly and addressing any possible infections in the mouth. Bad bacteria from the mouth have actually been found in the placenta so it’s so important that you look after your teeth before and during pregnancy. If you’ve been putting off that trip to the dentist now is the time to go in and get a check up and a deep clean! Low grade infections in the mouth can contribute to systemic inflammation and have the potential to impact fertility.
Most toothpastes and mouth washes that you buy in the super market are aimed at killing off all the bacteria in your mouth but we need the good guys as they stop the bad guys from taking over! The below recommended toothpaste is aimed at restoring balance by only targeting bad bacteria and supporting the good guys! It’s only needed if you feel you have an issue with your dental hygiene for example bad breath or a lot of plague build up.
Myo inositol is a member of the B vitamin family and is especially beneficial for women who have PCOS with high testosterone. It can help support ovulation and improve quality of eggs by lowering blood sugar. Because of its action on testosterone it can also help other high testosterone symptoms including unwanted hair growth and male pattern baldness / excessively thinning hair.
For males and females over the age of 35 egg quality begins to reduce so it’s very important to ensure diet is very ‘clean’ and that you reduce your toxin exposure using organic foods and beauty products as much as possible. The supplements below have been proven to improve both egg and sperm quality. I am linking in a U.S site that have very good quality supplements and are much more affordable!
Ubiquinol is the most bioavailable form of CoQ10 and you’ll pay for that fact! CoQ10 is an important factor in energy production in every cell in the body. The sperm needs a tremendous amount of energy to make that swim up the fallopian tubes! Then once the egg and sperm fuse more energy is needed so that those 2 singular cells will develop into a blastocyst and eventually an embryo.
In Ireland most companies charge around €50 for 60 x 100mg capsules of Ubiquiol – CoQ10. On iherb you can get 120 capsules for the same price as 60.
NAC is the shortened abbreviation of N-Acetyl cysteine. Although it sounds complex it’s simply a sulphur compound bound to an amino acid that provides strong anti oxidant support. It supports the liver so it protects our cell against toxins (it’s great for a hangover too!) I definitely found it helpful for my morning sickness and it’s safe to take during pregnancy.
I would recommend 3 x 600mg daily. It’s usually in and around €35-€40 for 60 x 600mg capsules but you can get 250 x 600mg capsules on iherb for €35
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