Tag Archive for: fertility supplements

Supplements to Help With Male Infertility

Top 3 Supplements to Help With Male Infertility

June marks Infertility Awareness Month, shedding light on an essential aspect of reproductive health that affects both men and women. It’s crucial to recognize that male infertility plays a significant role in fertility issues, with men contributing equally to the equation. Optimizing men’s health is paramount not only for reproductive success but also for their overall well-being.

To address this important issue, we consulted with our neighbors at Naturopathic Family Health for their top three supplement recommendations that can make a meaningful difference in men’s health, including addressing male infertility.

Top 3 Supplements to Help with Male Infertility:

1. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb renowned for its remarkable benefits, especially in promoting men’s health. This potent supplement is effective in combating chronic stress, a key factor that impacts overall well-being. By regulating cortisol levels and fostering a balanced response to stress, ashwagandha not only supports mental clarity and emotional stability but also addresses male infertility issues.

In addition to its stress-relieving properties, ashwagandha has demonstrated significant potential in treating erectile dysfunction and male infertility. Studies have shown its ability to enhance sperm quality, elevate testosterone levels, and improve overall reproductive function. Introducing ashwagandha into your daily regimen can offer a natural boost to your reproductive health, making it a valuable addition to your wellness routine.

2. Ubiquinol (CoQ10)

Ubiquinol, a powerful form of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), is essential for heart health, energy production, and fertility, including addressing male infertility concerns. This antioxidant not only aids in cellular energy production but also shields cells from oxidative damage, which is pivotal for maintaining optimal sperm health.

By boosting ATP production, ubiquinol ensures that sperm possess the necessary energy for effective motility and functionality. Furthermore, it contributes to the maintenance of a healthy cardiovascular system. Incorporating ubiquinol into your supplement routine can provide a natural enhancement for both heart function and male infertility, making it a valuable addition to support overall wellness.

3. High-Quality Fish Oil

Fish oil, abundant in omega-3 fatty acids, serves as a foundational element for cardiovascular health, anti-inflammatory benefits, cognitive support, and reproductive function, including addressing male infertility concerns. The anti-inflammatory attributes of fish oil play a crucial role in enhancing overall health, with a direct impact on reproductive function.

By incorporating a premium source of fish oil into your dietary intake, you can sustain heart health, promote cognitive functions, and contribute to a robust reproductive system, aiding in the management of male infertility issues.

For more information on how naturopathic medicine can help with Infertility, check out their blog: A Naturopathic Approach to Infertility.

Take Charge of Your Health

By incorporating these supplements into your daily routine, you can empower yourself to take proactive steps toward better health and fertility and specifically address male infertility. Remember, adopting a holistic approach to wellness not only boosts reproductive success but also enhances overall vitality and quality of life.

This June, as we observe Infertility Awareness Month, let’s raise awareness and motivate men to prioritize their health for a brighter, healthier future that includes addressing male infertility concerns.

If you have any questions or require personalized advice, don’t hesitate to seek guidance from healthcare professionals who can assist you on your wellness journey.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation or learn more about our services.

Lokahi Acupuncture
408.279.9001
Follow us on Instagram
Make an Appointment

 

Choosing the right fertility supplements for you!

Choosing the Right Fertility Supplements for You

When it comes to fertility, there are many options and fertility supplements available to help couples conceive.

Acupuncture, Traditional East Asian Medicine, and even fertility treatments can all be beneficial when trying to conceive a baby. But what about supplements? With so many options on the market, it can be hard to know which ones are right for you.

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the most popular supplements used by couples trying to get pregnant and discuss their potential benefits.

Choosing the Right Fertility Supplements

Folic acid

Folic acid is one of the most popular supplements for fertility because it helps reduce neural tube defects in newborns. It also helps your body produce red blood cells and helps prevent anemia. It is recommended that women taking folic acid should start taking it three months before they start trying to conceive.

Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that have been found to improve the quality of sperm in men and increase cervical mucus in women, both of which can help with conception. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fish oil supplements or as part of a multivitamin supplement made specifically for fertility.

Vitamins C & E

Vitamins C & E are important vitamins for overall health and well-being but they have also been found to help with fertility as well. Vitamin C increases blood flow throughout the body, which can help support healthy ovulation cycles, while Vitamin E improves egg health and increases sperm count in men. Both vitamins should be taken together as part of a daily multivitamin supplement made specifically for fertility.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an antioxidant that has been found to improve egg quality in women and sperm count in men. CoQ10 also helps protect against cell damage caused by free radicals, which can lead to infertility issues such as miscarriage or failed implantation attempts. CoQ10 should be taken as part of a daily multivitamin supplement made specifically for fertility or as an individual supplement.

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3 is an essential vitamin for numerous bodily functions, including fertility. Vitamin D3 helps increase the hormone progesterone and also helps regulate the menstrual cycle. Studies have shown that higher levels of Vitamin D3 can help improve ovulation and in turn, chances of conception. Further studies have shown that supplementing with Vitamin D3 can lead to a decreased risk of miscarriages. To maximize fertility, women should make sure they have adequate levels of Vitamin D3 in their bodies by taking a daily supplement or getting regular sun exposure (but wearing sunscreen!).

Methylated folate

Prenatal vitamins that contain methylated folate are an essential part of any fertility health plan. Methylated folate is the active form of folic acid found in prenatal vitamins, and it plays a critical role in reducing birth defects. Folate helps create healthy, new cells in both mother and baby – this includes red blood cells, cell membranes and DNA. For women trying to conceive, taking prenatal vitamins with methylfolate can increase the chances of a successful pregnancy and healthy baby. Additionally, these vitamins can reduce the risk of neural tube defects by up to 70%, making it even more important for prospective mothers to include this essential supplement in their fertility plans.

N-Acetylcysteine (NAC)

N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) is an important supplement for women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and other fertility issues. NAC helps to regulate hormones, including the main sex hormones estrogen and progesterone. It also helps reduce the effects of oxidative stress in the body, which can be caused by hormonal imbalances that can lead to PCOS and infertility. NAC also helps break down cyst formation and improves ovulatory function. Additionally, it has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity, reduce inflammation, and support egg health – all of which can help improve fertility outcomes for those with PCOS or other reproductive issues.

Conclusion:

When it comes to improving your fertility, there are several different options available including acupuncture, Traditional East Asian medicine, and even fertility treatments like IVF or IUI.

However, there are also several different types of supplements you can take that may improve your chances of getting pregnant quickly and easily too! From folic acid and omega-3 fatty acids to CoQ10 and vitamins C & E – each one has its own unique benefits that can help you achieve your goal of having a healthy baby.

Just make sure you always check with your doctor before starting any new supplement regimen so you can ensure that what you’re taking is safe for both you and your baby!

At Lokahi Acupuncture, we have 20 years of experience working with fertility patients, and with fertility clinics throughout the Bay Area. If you  would like to speak to one of our specialist fertility acupuncturists about your situation, you can schedule a free 15 minute online consultation.

Anna Rudel
San Jose Acupuncturist
408.279.9001
Follow us on Instagram
Make an Appointment

How to Improve Your Egg Quality

4 Tips to Improve Your Egg Quality

One of the most common challenges in infertility is that of egg quality.

We are born with a set number of eggs that decrease over time until we reach menopause. As we age, we not only have fewer eggs, but the quality declines with time. Both make it more difficult to get pregnant and harder to carry a healthy baby to term.

There are additional factors that can contribute to lower egg quality as well, such as PCOS, endometriosis and premature ovarian aging. While we cannot change the number of eggs we are born with, we can influence the quality of our eggs.

The good news is that it takes 90 days for an egg to mature for ovulation and you can influence developing eggs over the course of several months.

Here are 4 tips to improve your egg quality to improve your chances of getting and staying pregnant.

1. Clean up your diet

What we take in as food and drink ends up building and fueling our cells, so we want the best possible building blocks. Focus on veggies and low-sugar fruits like berries, healthy protein and fats like pasture-raised poultry and fish, avocados, olives, nuts and seeds. Keep your carbohydrate intake on the low to moderate side (30% or less of your total daily food intake) from foods like starchy veggies like sweet potatoes, beets, potato, whole grains and legumes.

2. Supplements

Consider adding supplements to help support mitochondrial function and reduce oxidative damage to cells. These include CoQ10, NAD, inositol, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants like açaí, resveratrol, and alpha-lipoic acid. Talk to your practitioner about a regimen that will be the best support for you.

3.Reduce damage to existing eggs

By severely limiting or eliminating alcohol, processed foods and added sugars, you reduce damage to existing eggs. Additionally, reducing caffeine intake is helpful to ensure maximum blood flow to the ovaries. Stress reduction techniques like meditation, mindfulness and movement release built up tension and increase endorphins.

4. Get Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a great way to promote egg health by improving circulation of blood, oxygen and nutrients to the ovaries. We use microcurrent electro-acupuncture to boost the effects leading up to ovulation or an IVF retrieval.

Not only does acupuncture help to improve blood flow, but it also reduces stress and balances hormones, which can also influence egg quality. Lokahi Acupuncture offers a free 15 minute consultation if you have questions about how acupuncture can help you on your fertility journey.

Cathryn Davidson, L.Ac. is a senior fertility specialist at Lokahi Acupuncture.

Click here if you would like to schedule a free online consultation to evaluate if acupuncture might be right for you.

Cathryn Davidson, San Jose Acupuncturist
408.279.9001
Follow us on Instagram
Make an Appointment

5 Tips for Trying to Conceive Naturally

5 Tips for Trying to Conceive Naturally

We often hear the phrase “I never thought it could be this hard.” Trying to conceive naturally can be a challenge, but you can give yourself the best possible chance with a few tips.

Here are our 5 top tips for trying to conceive naturally.

Know your cycle

We are taught in school that ovulation occurs on day 14 of a 28-day cycle. What we are not taught is that we are rarely “textbook” beings. Many women do not ovulate on cycle day 14, nor do they have 28-day cycles.

The best way to know more about your cycle is to track ovulation. By far the most popular way to track your cycle is with an app, but tracking the old fashioned way on paper is just as effective. Cycle day 1 is the first day of your period. Begin by tracking the number of days between cycle day 1, and the start of your next period, or the next cycle day 1.

Once you have a few months of data, you will likely start to notice one of three patterns.

First, you may have a predictable, regular cycle.

Second, you may have an irregular length cycle that is somewhat predictable.

Third, you may have an erratic, unpredictable cycle length.

Cycle tracking provides useful information to help predict when, or if, you’re ovulating, and thus informs the best time to have intercourse. Cycle tracking can also help diagnose potential causes for a difficulty in conceiving.

Eat well

When we are trying to conceive, our cells are the building blocks upon which to start new life. Our cells require a diverse range of nutrients in order to create and sustain new life. They also need to be protected by antioxidants. Additionally fat is a major building block of our hormones.

A general rule of thumb to eat well for fertility is a diet with protein, healthy fat and vegetables at every meal and as few processed foods as possible. We will be dedicating an entire blog post to this topic in the future!

Take care of yourself

No one expects you to be in some kind of stress-free vortex while you try and conceive. However, there is no doubt that excess stress on your body can complicate matters. Recommendations here are common-sense.

Don’t sign up for your very first marathon. Don’t take on extra responsibilities at work or at home if you have the choice. Do try and prioritize rest, balance and well-being during this time.

Take your vitamins

At a minimum, take a prenatal vitamin. For most people that won’t be enough. Many of our patients come in, completely overwhelmed, with bags full of supplements. A trained professional can review your supplement needs with you.

It is important to know what vitamins you should take, and why.

Get checked out

Each partner is 50% of the conception equation. For heterosexual partners trying to conceive naturally, both partners can undergo a fertility workup to make sure nothing is impeding conception. It is important to take this step if you have been trying to conceive for a few months because there could be issues that need treatment before conception can happen.

These tips are by no means an exhaustive list.

This is a place to start when preparing to conceive naturally for optimal success. As fertility specialists, we believe that if you are going to spend the time, energy and money to come and work with us, you deserve to have every opportunity to succeed in becoming pregnant.

We invite you to make an appointment or speak to one of our fertility specialists.

Anna Rudel
San Jose Acupuncturist
408.279.9001
Follow us on Instagram
Make an Appointment