10 Important Vitamins & Minerals for Fertility

10 Vitamins & Minerals for Fertility

If you’re going to great lengths to get pregnant for whatever reason like I currently am, you know there’s little you won’t try. Sure, you’re not about to run around the block five times while patting your head and chanting. Though, to be honest, if you told me this increased the likelihood of getting pregnant, I’d probably try it.

But there are some simple and legitimate ways that you might be able to naturally increase your fertility: good ol’ vitamins and minerals.

After the jump, check out 10 important vitamins and minerals that could boost your fertility. And always remember to talk to your doctor before starting any supplement.

  • ZINC 1 of 10
    Zinc is crucial for both male and female fertility. Low levels of zinc in men can cause their sperm to "clump." For women, zinc plays a vital role in egg-cell development.
    Source: LiveStrong
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    Evening primrose helps with the production of fertile cervical mucus but women shouldn't take it after they ovulate because it can cause uterine contractions then.
    Source: LiveStrong
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  • FOLIC ACID 3 of 10
    Women who don't get enough folic acid in their diets before and during pregnancy may have a greater chance of miscarriage or still birth. A deficient level of folic acid is also linked to an increased risk neural tube birth defects (though that isn't fertility related).
    Source: LiveStrong
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  • IRON 4 of 10
    Iron builds the blood and helps form red blood cells, which increases fertility and helps balance ovulation. Additionally, menstruation, pregnancy, and lactation all increase the risk of iron-deficient anemia.
    Source: LiveStrong
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  • COENZYME Q10 5 of 10
    Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is especially important for male fertility, but women in their 30s and beyond who are trying to get pregnant should also take it, as it affects the DNA health of older cells.
    Source: LiveStrong
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  • L-ARGININE 6 of 10
    L-arginine is an amino acid that increases blood flow to the uterus. I'm currently taking this, as my doctor said it could aid embryo attachment to the uterine wall because it creates a healthy environment in my uterus.
    Source: LiveStrong
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  • FLAXSEED OIL 7 of 10
    Flaxseed oil is an essential fatty acid that helps balance hormones and improve uterine function.
    Source: LiveStrong
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  • VITAMIN C 8 of 10
    Vitamin C improves fertility and helps with iron absorption. But be careful not to take too much, as that can dry up cervical fluid and prevent sperm from reaching the egg.
    Source: LiveStrong
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  • VITAMIN B6 9 of 10
    Vitamin B6 balances progesterone levels and can lengthen a woman's luteal phase, allowing her to have the proper amount of time between ovulation and menstruation, which is vital for a successful pregnancy.
    Source: LiveStrong
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  • ANTIOXIDANTS 10 of 10
    Antioxidants can prevent cell damage. And strong, undamaged cells are necessary for healthy egg cells and healthy sperm cells.
    Source: LiveStrong
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