Supplements are essential to improving health. And of course, fertility health.
They're shortcuts. "Hacks", if you will, to encourage a specific outcome. Like better egg or sperm quality.
They're especially important when you're trying to get pregnant. You might be racing against your biological clock so you need every advantage. Supplements provide that.
They're so important that I'm introducing my own line of supplements in the next few weeks. :o Woot! Woot! So keep your eyes peeled for more on that.
But, for today, let's talk about something I DON'T recommend to fertility patients even though many have asked me about it.
Some sites and blogs tout royal jelly's ability to improve fertility. On the premise that it's the exclusive food that turns a bee into a queen bee - the only fertile member of the hive.
I'm skeptical about the claims. Hmm, we're talking about bees, after all. Not exactly our biological equivalent.
On top of that, scientists found that it's what royal jelly DOESN'T have that actually causes them to become queen bees - a chemical that interferes with development. Since queen bees are fed royal jelly exclusively, they're never exposed to this chemical that all the other bees get from eating honey.
Having said that, some studies on animal models actually do show some benefit for its use although it's not that convincing for me. I might change my mind if I see research on humans.
Rather, I prefer focusing on supplements that have system wide effects. Since age-related fertility issues like poor egg quality, low ovarian reserve, low AMH, and repeated failed IVF issues arise from systemic issues like nutrient deficiencies, mitochondrial damage, and inflammation, supplements proven to have benefits in multiple ways are better. "More bang for your buck" philosophy.
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- Natural Fertility Coach
- Licensed Fertility Acupuncturist for 19 years
- Master in Traditional Oriental Medicine, Magna Cum Laude
- B.S. Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, UCLA