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Vitamin and Herbs for Fertility

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VITAMINS & HERBS
There are many vitamins and herbs that can be taken to help enhance fertility. As with all herbs, the benefits of taking them have never been proven in clinical studies. Here is a list of some of the more popular vitamins and herbs taken for fertility purposes:

• Black Cohosh Root
Used to promote healthy menstruation and to treat symptoms of PMS, menstrual cramps, dysmenorrhea, mood swings and menopause. Its ability to mimic estrogen makes it a valuable female supplement. Short-term, daily use may help stimulate menstrual flow in women suffering from dysmenorrhea. In menstruating women, take during the follicular phase (first half) of your cycle. Do not take this supplement if pregnant or breastfeeding.

• Calcium
Strengthens bones and teeth, helps prevent muscle cramping. Take with Vitamin D.

• Damiana Leaves
Treats infertility, hormonal imbalances, menstrual problems, impotence, increases sperm count and strengthens egg. Do not take this supplement if pregnant or breastfeeding.

• **** Quai
Chinese medicinal herb used to help regulate menstrual cycle and to treat PMS and menstrual cramping. This supplement is best taken during the follicular phase (first half) of your cycle. Do not take this supplement if pregnant or breastfeeding.

• Evening Primrose Oil
Essential fatty acid found in this oil helps to regulate female hormonal imbalances and treats PMS. Deficiencies of essential fatty acids have been linked to hormonal imbalances and menstrual irregularities. Do not take this supplement if pregnant or breastfeeding.

• Feverfew
Has analgesic (pain-relieving) properties. Used to treat menstrual cramps. If you suffer from migraine headaches, clinical studies in England confirm the efficacy of feverfew leaves for prevention and moderation of migraines.

• Folic Acid
Deficiencies can affect fertility in both sexes. Folic acid is crucial in the development of the fetus. Deficiencies before and during pregnancy can cause neural tube defects in the developing fetus. Start taking this supplement four to six months before you try to conceive and continue taking it throughout your pregnancy. High doses of this supplement has also been found to reduce the risk of cervical cell abnormalities and cervical cancer.

• Ginger
Helps to aleviate morning sickness in pregnancy.

• Green Tea
Contains antioxidants, which neutralize potentially damaging free radicals in your body. Can increase your odds of conceiving if you drink a cup a day. Treats nausea, dizziness and diarrhea.

• Iron
Aids in production of red blood cells. Take regularly if you are experiencing heavy bleeding to help prevent anemia. Necessary to carry oxygen to your body and developing baby. Include in your daily supplements if you are pregnant.

• Licorice Root
A Chinese herb used to treat female reproductive problems. Studies have shown that Licorice has been known to decrease androgen levels in women with PCOS. It can stimulate the production of estrogen and regulate hormone fluctuation. Take potassium supplements with this herb. This supplement is best taken during the follicular phase (first half) of your cycle. Do not take this supplement if pregnant or breastfeeding.

• Sarsaparilla Root
Helps the body maintain normal hormonal function. Do not take this supplement if pregnant or breastfeeding.

• Saw Palmetto Berries
Used by Ancient Mayans and American Indians to treat disorders of the genitourinary tract and aids in treatment of menstrual dysfunction

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554174 tn?1284031102
Hey there..thx a ton..this was really helpful..will star searching for these herbs :)
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216278 tn?1308861082
Glad it helped!  Be sure to read additional information - some of these can only be taken in the first half of your cycle as they are not good for pregnancy and can hurt your chances! (Black Cohosh Root and Licorice Root are two of them!)
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