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Folic Acid, DHA and CoQ10 for Fertility
There are supplements for women that are proven to help with conception, whether you’re trying to get pregnant naturally or with fertility treatment, says Dr. Daniel Potter, a Fertility Doctor with HRC Fertility in Newport Beach, CA. A multivitamin to supplement the nutrition in your diet is a good start – and there are ingredients you should make sure are included and ones you should avoid.
If you’re a woman trying to conceive, swap out your multivitamin for a prenatal vitamin that has two very important ingredients, folic acid DHA.
This is the one supplement everyone agrees that all women of childbearing age should take. The recommended dose of folic acid, a B vitamin, is 400 micrograms a day to reduce the risk of birth defects.
DHA. DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) is an omega-3 fatty acid that can help with the development of the fetal heart and brain. Because your body does not produce omega-3s, a supplement is a good way to ensure proper intake.
Potter also recommends 400-600mg of Co-Enzyme Q10 daily to improve egg quality. CoQ10, as it is sometimes called, is an antioxidant, and according to a recent study it may improve egg quality and ovulation by repairing free radicals.
Women should avoid DHEA (not to be confused with DHA) unless tested for deficiency, Potter warns. DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands and it gradually declines as we age. An excess of DHEA can have a negative effect on a woman’s eggs.
If you are undergoing fertility treatment or trying to get pregnant, let your doctor know which supplements you are taking, and ask what you should add to your regimen.
Also, should DHEA be avoided by men or women, unless tested for deficiency?