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True or False?

Vitamin E helps fertility.

True-ish. Recently, someone we know mentioned the benefits of taking Vitamin E to enhance fertility. We decided to gather some facts.

It looks like some experts believe that Vitamin E supplements enhance conception, not fertility. According to one website, a prescribed dose of the vitamin is given to men before IVF. Vitamin E also works as an antioxidant, which may aid in conception and prenatal health.

One warning, though: Vitamin E is not effective if you are taking anti-clotting drugs. So please ask your doctor before upping your Vitamin E intake. Here is a sampling of info on Vitamin E findings:

    Vitamin E (15mg/day): Although experts aren’t sure why, vitamin E has been found to aid in conception. Men often receive vitamin E when their partners are undergoing in vitro fertilization treatment. Increasing the intake of this antioxidant has been found to increase a couple’s chances of IVF being successful by 10 percent. However, this vitamin should not be taken if you are using anticoagulants. You should always check with your doctor if you plan to exceed 500mg/day. Wheat germ oil is an excellent source of vitamin E (one tablespoon will provide you with your total daily intake) as are almonds and sunflower seeds and oil. Broccoli and spinach also provide some vitamin E.

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