Fertility Supplements

My number one asked the question from my fertility patients is “Do you have any recommendations for supplements & vitamins I should take?” I recommend whole food based vitamins, rather than synthetically made ones. If you are unsure if you are taking synthetic vitamins, I can help you! There is so much information about vitamins and supplements, so take a look at the articles below. Eye, hair, nail, mouth, and skin symptoms are among the early warning signs of vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

 

Top 5 List     Top 5 Herbal Supplements     Whole Food Based Prenatal Vitamins      Important Vitamins     Supplements


“MUST” list for Fertility:

  1. Fertility SupplementsProbiotics – “But why has my doctor never mention this?” you might ask. The reason is they did not learn full nutrition and diet in medical school (some get as few as 7 hours of nutrition during 8 years of medical training) but ND and DC need to study a lot. YouTube Video –> Please take a look. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DTrENdWvvM and this e-Book “The infant microbiome from womb to the first year”. It is very important to work with a practitioner to select the right brand and dosages.
  2. Omega 3 Fish Oil – from reputable supplement companies
  3. Choline – Important nutrient helps your baby’s brain and spinal cord develop properly. Here are a few articles about the benefits of taking Choline.
    1. Can mental illness be prevented in the womb? (NPR)
    2. Pregnant? Get your choline! (U.S. News)
    3. Choline: Critical role during fetal development and dietary requirement (NIH)
    4. Choline in your pregnancy diet (babycenter.com)
    5. Your brain on Choline during pregnancy (whattoexpect.com)
  4. Folate – Folic Acid (B-9 as the part of the prenatal vitamin)– Folate supports overall growth and development and blood-cell formation and supports normal growth of the fetus. Please see “Folate vs Folic Acid”, and “About Folic Acid”. Folate’s synthetic name is Folic Acid – Folate is better!
  5. Co-enzyme Q-10 – highly recommend this form and here’s why! –> “Ubiquinol-QH” (100mg x2/day)
  6. Vitamin D– Boost the level up to 4000 IU per day during the winter season. We are deficient in Vitamin D. If you have dark colored skin, plus 2,000 IU per day takes with K1+K2. This is the great article written by Joseph Mercola about Vitamin D deficiency and Infertilityvitamin D deficiency epidemic. Make sure you are taking the proper dosage of vitamin D. I prefer my patients to take the one comes with K1+K2 to improve vitamin D absorption level UP. K1= dark leafy green vegetables, K2= fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, natto, tempeh, kefir. ** Avoid Kombucha – might cause Candida.
  7. Vitamin B-12 – Most of my patients are deficient. 180 is the cut off line. I recommend 5,000 mcg of methylcobalamin form of B-12. Cyanocobalamin is shown to have much lower level of absorption level. Here’s the good article.

Top Herbal Supplement list:may

  1. Royal Jelly (bee pollen)* – Not all Royal Jelly are the same. The Royal Jelly I recommend.  Royal Jelly Discussion Site (discussion site/ blog)
  2. Tribulus – this is the herb for fertility both women and men. I recommend Tribulus from Medi Herbs
  3. Rehmannia – Adrenal booster (Gaia Herb – Adrenal Support is good product)
  4. Licorice – I recommend Adrenal Complex tablet from Medi Herbs
  5. Chaste Tree (Vitex ) – Regulate hormonal imbalance. I use the supplement from Medi Herbs (manufactured in Sydney, Australia).
  6. Oat Straw Tea – You can order singles herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs and make a infusion (decoction) yourself. Pretty powerful !!!
  7. Red Clover Tea – The same as above. You can make a decoction and drink it.

Whole Food Based Prenatal Vitaminchristopher-3-months

(NOT synthetic chemical compound)
Here’s list of whole food based prenatal vitamins I can recommend to my patients:

  • Standard Process and Mediherbs– They are the top notch whole food based supplement. Sold by practitioners only. This is absolute my first choice.
  • Innate Baby and Me Trimester I & II – I have them in my clinic. Whole Food based prenatal vitamin you can take before and during the pregnancy.
  • New Chapter Prenatal Vitamins (3 tablets daily) – I have them in my clinic. Better price in these sites –> Vitacost (192 tablets) (96 tablets), Drugstore.com (192 tablets) (96 tablets)
  • Megafood – whole foods based prenatal vitamins (4 tablets daily) – Baby & Me.
  • Ben Kim‘s Homocysteine Care– 100 % whole food source of vitamin B12, B6 and Folate(B9) and organic beetroot, parsley, carrots, broccoli, Polysaccharides and Co-enzymes Q10 included.
  • The Synergy Company – whole food based prenatal vitamins (4 tablets daily)
  • Nexa Prenatal – This company seems to make only prenatal vitamin with plant-based DHA (1 soft gel daily) but it contains mostly synthetic ingredients.
  • Grown by Nature – They do not have prenatal vitamin but B complex plus contains folic Acid and Inositol.

Important Vitamins


Supplements

  • Inositol* – (2mg x 2/day)- Inositol is great to supplement for blood sugar control
  • Melatonin* – (3mg at bedtime)
  • Electrolyte – (minerals) supplement – Electrolyte Stamina from TraceMinerals is the best. It comes with tablets (3-AM + 3-PM) or liquids (40 drops per day). Electrolyte Supplement– Endura by Metagenics (powder) * I would not recommend my patients to take zero calorie sports drink which contains high fructose corn syrup + sucratose
(artificial sweeteners)* as their electrolyte supplement for sure.
  • Pycnogenol – many benefits for joint pain, retinal heath, diabetes, circulatory problems, venous disorder, asthma, cognitive function, tinnitus, skin care, menstrual cramp and more
  • menstrual cramps, menopausal symptoms and more
  • Iron – Easy on your stomach iron supplement (liquid form) – Floradix
  • Fish oil– basics and recommendation -> Weston Price website *** watch labels indicates “fish oils (as Ethyl Esters)
  • Magnesium Taurate – and its article
  • Calcium supplement – Adora – chewable, easy on the stomach (contains cocoa and sugar) *Calcium Carbonates are the hardest calcium to digest* Choose  Calcium Lactate.
  • Cordyceps  – (to improve egg quality, energy, and immune booster)
  • Pycnogenol* – (50 mg :AM and 50 mg :PM) or OPC-3 (50 mg x 2/day or 1-2 tsp of powder /day) Great supplement for endometriosis – links 1– 2 – 3 (infertility) – 4(male fertility) forums and blog
  • L-Arginine* – (for poor ovarian reserve 1000 ng x 2/day); L-Arginine from foods – chickpeas, meat, fish, nuts, seeds, oatmeal
  • Electrolyte (minerals) supplement– From Trace Mineral liquids (start with 10 drops per day and up to 40 drops per day). *Gatorade is owned by Pepsi. It contains a large amount of sugar*
  • Wheatgrass – Blue Green Algae – (chlorella, spirulina, wheat grass, barley grass)-check “wheatgrass section” on my website for more details.
  • DHEA† – 25 mg x 3/day. If you have ovarian cysts, do not take DHEA; it will your cyst grow
  • Magnesium Deficiency – this is a VERY common deficiency


* NOTE: Stop taking Royal Jelly, L-Arginine, L-Carnitine, Inositol, Melatonin, Pycnogenol,  and DHEA once you start taking stimulation drugs.