A lot of fertility specialists are amazingly supportive during the fertility process. Specialists have assisted many couples in conceiving healthy babies and I am eternally grateful to modern medicine for the advances in assisting women in bearing children. I also believe if they aren’t recommending supplements for you, If they aren’t looking at natural ways to support your endocrine system as a whole and truly taking an integrated approach to your fertility process, they aren’t working hard enough for you as a woman!
Why do we need supplements Marissa? Well, it’s really quite simple. We used to have 6 plus feet of rich soil to grow crops in. This soil was loaded full of minerals that allowed our homegrown fruits and vegetables to grow rich in vitamins and minerals. Due to commercial farming, chemical sprays, and the use of pesticides and herbicides, we have decimated our soil quality and thus the quality of our produce has diminished in its vitamin and mineral content. So we need to supplement these vital nutrients in order to support our body's processes. We are also exposed to many toxic chemicals in our cleaning products, food packaging, and personal care products. These toxins wreak havoc on our endocrine system and so supplements are essential for us to support our cell processes, aid in our detoxification and removal of these toxins. I recommend targeted supplementation to all of my clients (both men and women), as well as recommend specific supplements to women who are trying to get pregnant.
Here I highlight One Supplement I believe to be incredibly healthful to women in fertile years or those going through fertility treatments, as a recommendation to assist you in the process:
Astaxanthin: An antioxidant that can support your ovaries and egg quality.
Some seafood like wild-caught salmon, shrimp, and krill are particularly high in astaxanthin. In contrast, farmed salmon has very little natural astaxanthin. Why? Wild salmon eat a lot of algae (either directly or indirectly) by eating other things that have consumed algae. Farmed salmon eat feed that does not contain much if any algae. You might be interested to know that astaxanthin is a deep red color and is the reason why wild salmon, shrimp, lobster, and flamingos are pink. Farmed salmon, which is grown on processed feed, has a more grey color. Salmon farmers solve this by feeding the salmon synthetic astaxanthin, derived from petrochemicals which makes the salmon pink but which doesn’t seem to have the same health benefits for humans, or for the fish themselves!! Not only is astaxanthin one of the strongest natural antioxidants on the planet, it can :
Helps to Encourage Regular Ovulation*
Helps to Improve Cycle Regularity*
Helps to Reduce Free Radical Damage
Helps to Support Healthy Cell Structure
When it comes to egg implantation The fluffier the environment, the better so why not give it a go? Want an added bonus?? Astaxanthin is filled with bonus benefits like:
Promotes healthy skin tone, texture, elasticity & moisture levels
Enhances healthy eye & vision function
Supports optimal athletic performance & recovery from exercise
Supplies nutritional support for healthy aging, cardiovascular function, mental clarity & brain health
How much to take:
This is the thing with supplements- everyone needs a different amount. You could start by taking the recommended dosage on the bottle. If you are working with a Naturopathic MD they may recommend taking “therapeutic dosage” based on your individual make up. (Height, weight, age). I believe it is worth having a conversation with your specialist or your holistic health practitioner about it.
What about cautions for individuals:
Speak to your doctor and Naturopath about taking Astaxanthin if you have: bleeding disorders, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, hypertension, low blood calcium levels, parathyroid disorders, allergic to 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors, or asthma.
You should always consult with a specialist before taking any supplements, especially if you’re trying to get pregnant. A Holistic Health practitioner like me can help you find the best ones for your body to create the best chance possible for conception.
If you’re curious to learn more about how certain food and targeted supplements can help you and your conception chances, let’s talk- please click on the book now tab on my website. Yours in health and wellness, Marissa