How Do Antioxidants Affect Fertility?
Last updated December 10, 2013
What Are Antioxidants?
Antioxidants are vitamin-like substances found in many foods. Many whole foods are naturally rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium. These substances are thought to protect your cells from the damaging effects of free radicals, by-products of your body’s oxygen metabolism. Free radicals are known to create a host of problems in cells in a process called oxidative stress.
Why Are Antioxidants Important During Pregnancy?
Research is also beginning to show the benefits of antioxidants for fertility and for a child’s future health. In one study, even antioxidant supplements added to a normal “Western” diet (meaning high in fat and cholesterol and low in fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables) led to offspring with a lower lifetime risk of obesity and gluten intolerance than an unhealthy diet without these supplements. Other studies support the idea that the environment a fetus experiences in the womb impacts the rest of their life. Antioxidants appear to be one part of this puzzle.
Women should consider taking antioxidants even before they become pregnant, as some research shows that a steady level of antioxidants in the blood supply during a woman’s regular menstrual cycle increases the chances that a pregnancy will be successfully carried to term*. Fertility supplements, such as Ovoenergen, are a natural way to protect eggs from oxidative stress and make it easier to conceive and carry a healthy baby*. The father’s diet is also important, as trials are showing that a man who consumes enough antioxidants such as vitamin E, zinc and magnesium has healthier sperm that are more likely to impregnate his partner*.
Are There Any Risks?
While eating antioxidants as part of a whole-food diet is almost always safe, simply loading up on vitamins is not necessarily the answer to your infertility worries. Like anything else, too many vitamins and antioxidants can be harmful to your body and your reproductive system, so it’s important to follow the advice of a medical professional. Fertility supplements such as Ovoenergen come with a dosage schedule designed to support a pregnancy and keep mothers and babies safe.
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