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Suppliments for TTC

Ok…so there’s alot of stuff out there….

What does it do?

Well on this particular page I’ll try remember what does what and give as much info as I can. Please remember that I am not a doctor and you should always consult with your own Dr and/or pharmacist before taking any of these–especially if you are any prescription medications.

Ok now that I have my little disclaimer….

I’d Like to draw your attention to the sidebar.  I have added a link to Swanson Health products.  If you would like to purchase any of these supplements you can browse through their very wide selection.

Lets start with:

Vitex

What is Vitex?
Alternate Names: Vitex agnus-castus, Agnus castus, chaste tree, monk’s pepper

Vitex is found in Asia and in Mediterranean countries. The part used medicinally is the dried fruit.

Why People Use Vitex
Vitex was used traditionally for a range of female conditions, such as post-partum hemorrhage and to help with the “passing of afterbirth”. One of its alternate names, “chaste tree”, comes from the historical belief that it can suppress libido.

Vitex does not contain natural hormones. It appears to increase progesterone by stimulating luteinizing hormone release from the pituitary gland. Vitex also normalizes excessive prolactin, promoting fertility.

* Female infertility
* PMS, especially breast tenderness, cramping, and headaches
* Acne, especially if it is related to the menstrual cycle
* Fibrocystic breast disease
* Heavy menstruation

Omega 3-6-9

Omega 3 benefits
– Brighter More Alert Babies.
– Extra Brain Power and Cognitive Ability.
– Fewer Tantrums.
– Reduce the symptoms of ADHD in kids.
– Prevent Alzheimer’s.
– Control the effects of Asthma.
– Improve Arthritis. Reduce symptoms and effects of rheumatoid arthritis by reducing inflammation.
– Increase Autoimmune Disease Survival Rates. Omega 3 helps the arteries and other parts of the body stay inflammation free, thereby boosting the bodies’ natural immunity.
– Reduce Hypertension and the risk of Strokes.
– Improve Heart Health. Stabilising irregular heart beats, reducing blood pressure.
– Improve the symptoms of Lupus, Raynauds disease and other autoimmune diseases. Research has shown that Omega 3 can increase survival rates of those with autoimmune disease and also reduce pain on a daily basis.
– Reduce Depression and symptoms of other mental health problems. It can help reduce the symptoms of mild to moderate depression, dementia, post-natal depression, bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia.
– Aid Cancer prevention of the colon and breast. For those with these diseases it also assists with recovery and continued remission.
– Lose Weight More Easily. May help to maintain a weight loss program by helping to control blood sugar levels

Omega 6 benefits
– Reduce the joint inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis and thereby the aches and pains.
– Relieve many of the symptoms of PMS, including bloating cramps and breast tenderness.
– Reduce the symptoms of both endometriosis and fibrocystic breasts.
– Maintain healthy skin; more specifically reduce the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis.
– Clear acne and rosacea by reducing the number of clogged pores, stimulating the contraction of the blood vessels and reducing inflammation.
– Maintain and enhance the growth of healthy and vibrant hair.
– Prevent nerve deterioration in diabetics.
– Promote hormonal and emotional balance.
– Enhance growth of healthy hair, nails and skin.

Omega 9 benefits
– Reduces arteriosclerosis or hardening of the arteries.
– Improved blood sugar maintenance and insulin resistance.
– Protects and support the immune system.
– Reduce the risk of breast cancer.
– Lower the rates of cardiovascular disease and improve heart health.
– Reduce blood pressure and the risk of strokes.

B- Vitamin Complex (B-1, B-2, B-3, B-4, B-5, B-6, B-7, B-9, B-12, B-15, B-17, B-X)

  • For the benefits of each indivual B-Vitamin…please click on the links
  • often work together to bolster metabolism, maintain healthy skin and muscle tone, enhance immune and nervous system function, and promote cell growth and division – including that of the red blood cells that help prevent anemia
  • combat stress, depression, and cardiovascular disease
  • People susceptible to vitamin B deficiency include pregnant women, nursing mothers, vegetarians, alcoholics, “sugar-holics”, the elderly, and people with malabsorption conditions or who take certain antibiotics long-term

Evening Primrose Oil

(I’ll get a summery up soon—but there is a link provided to a very helpful site)

For the Men (Sperm issues and Such- Found info in part here)

Vitamin C

  • According to a study conducted at the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston, insufficient amounts of vitamin C in a man’s diet can lead to agglutination of sperm. Agglutination occurs when sperm cells clump together, thus inhibiting maximal progression or movement of the sperm. According to Dr. Earl Dawson M.D., Ph.D., associate professor at the U of Texas at Galveston, vitamin C is also helpful in smokers who have increased amounts of abnormally formed sperm. Cigarette smoke is absorbed through the lungs and enters the circulatory system (bloodstream). Once the toxins reach the bloodstream they find their way to the semen and this can lead to less than optimal sperm count and function. It is believed that vitamin C helps to neutralize the toxic effects of cigarette smoke on the sperm. When sperm stick together (a condition called agglutination), fertility is reduced. Vitamin C reduces sperm agglutination, (3) increasing the fertility of men with this condition. The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for vitamin C is 60 milligrams per day for an adult male. According to Dr. Dawson intake of 200 to 1000 milligrams per day had a beneficial effect on sperm.Women should avoid mega doses of vitamin C because it can dry up cervical fluid, preventing sperm from reaching the egg. Limit the amount you take to the dose included in your prenatal vitamin.

Zinc

  • This mineral is involved in over 200 proteins and enzymes and is essential for male fertility. Zinc is involved in the activation of key sperm enzymes, and moves into the prostate with the assistance of testosterone. A lack of zinc causes a lowering of testosterone, shrinks testicle size and produces misshapen and less healthy sperm, among other negatives. Upon restoring a daily dose of 15 milligrams, testosterone and sperm count levels rebounded to acceptable levels within 12 months. Take zinc with a full glass of water.
  • Zinc plays a vital role in fertility. In males, zinc protects the prostate gland from infection (prostates) and ultimately from enlargement (prostatic hypertrophy). Zinc helps maintain sperm count and mobility and normal levels of serum testosterone (from Zinc.org)
  • Among all the vitamins and minerals, zinc shows the strongest effect on our all-important immune system. Zinc plays a unique role in the T-cells. Low zinc levels lead to reduced and weakened T-cells which are not able to recognize and fight off certain infections. An increase of the zinc level has proven effective in fighting pneumonia and diarrhea and other infections. Zinc can also reduce the duration and severity of a common cold
  • Zinc is also used as an anti-inflammatory agent and can help sooth the skin tissue, particularly in cases of poison ivy, sunburn, blisters and certain gum diseases
  • Check out Zinc.org to find out more!
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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2009 5:46 pm

    Many women may also have difficulty absorbing iron especially if they suffer from heavy menses. Iron absorption can be enhanced by eating meat of vegetables high in iron like kale and beats. Also, Ferrum phos tissue salt can help support cellular uptake of iron.

  2. October 9, 2010 7:17 am

    A couple of observations.

    The key role of zinc is to enable your body to ‘attract and hold’ and utilize efficiently the reproductive hormones, estrogen and progesterone. Low zinc can also affect sperm count and motility.

    Meat and seafood are the best natural sources of zinc. It can also be found in whole grains and wheat germ. As a supplement, zinc can be mixed and drank with a glass of water.

    HOWEVER! As beneficial as zinc is, control your intake carefully. High levels of zinc can be toxic as well as counterproductive in your efforts to aid conception. Be PARTICULARLY careful with zinc levels in seafood.

    As a woman who struggled for years with infertility, I’d be happy to share my experience and more information with anyone.

    Thank you so much:) I will incorporate this into the blog when I get a minute too 😀

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