Updated: Jul 22, 2019
We are often told that the eggs we have can not be changed and so once you reach a certain age your chance of conception is significantly lower. And whilst it is true that egg quality declines with age, there are many things you can do to improve the quality of the eggs you do have. Most damage is done by environmental and dietary choices as well as time. Diet- Eating a diet rich in vitamins and minerals and low in saturated fats, sugar and toxins is your best starting point when improving your egg health and fertility. Eating dark green leafy vegetables, a range of colours and types, and using organic produce whenever possible. This will boost your vitamin levels of essentials such as B vitamins - which are required for energy production, hormone production, and many enzyme systems in the body, Magnesium- Which plays a significant effect on the reproductive system, Vitamin C- a powerful antioxidant to improve ovaries and stimulate the immune system. Eating lots of nuts and seeds improves your intake of zinc, iron, selenium, coq10 and magnesium. Avoiding toxins such as pesticides on foods is very important to reducing oxidation and increasing your intake of filtered water is also very important to ensure plump healthy eggs.
Supplements: Antioxidants - These protect the eggs from oxidative stress which protects the DNA an improves quality off the egg.
Coq10 has been shown to improve mitochondrial function therefore the "energy" of the egg cells. As we age we lose our ability to absorb coq10 so supplementation may be helpful in women over 30.
Vitamin C is necessary for the maturation of the follicle and a deficiency can increase the risk of miscarriages. Vitamin E helps maintain the health of the ovaries and hormonal balance.
B Vitamins - Deficiencies have been associated with numerous roles in infertility and pregnancy loss. They are vital for early development of the baby as well.
Arginine - This amino acid can improve fertility due to its role as a precursor to nitric oxide synthesis which is required for embryogenesis, hormones and fertility. It has been shown in studies to improve results of poor responders during ivf cycles therefore it improves follicle development.
Vitamin D - This powerful vitamin is best absorbed from the sun. It improves fertility and pregnancy health.
Essential fatty acids - Improved blood flow increases the nutrients the ovaries receive and in turn improves egg quality.
There are many other ways to improve your egg quality including exercise and herbal medicine which has shown outstanding results for my clients and we can help you to find the best choices for your situation. Contact us if you would like a plan to work on improving your egg quality.