So in my quest to tackle this diagnosis as aggressively as possible in a natural, holistic way for the next 12 – 18 months I ended up spending $200 at the natural foods store this afternoon. I am starting an aggressive new daily supplement regime tomorrow to accompany the dairy free/gluten free diet I have already been doing for the last three weeks. I have been pretty strict with the dairy-free and a little more easygoing with the gluten free (I couldn’t resist bannock the other day)!
Anyways, here is the supplement regime I will be following as of Monday, February 8:
Prenatal Vitamin (1 capsule 1x per day) – Every morning.
Probiotic 5 million (1 capsule 1x per day) – Every morning. I have read and heard a lot about gut health being key when it comes to infertility so I started taking the probiotic a couple of weeks ago. By the way, good gut health is extremely important for everyone, infertility or not. Check out this extremely informative documentary from CBC about the importance of microbes in our gut!
Vitamin D (25 mcg 1x per day) – After reading this article about the correlation between women with POF also having a deficiency of Vitamin D I decided to add a daily capsule to my regime!
Chinese Herbs Tincture (2x per day) – This is given to me by my Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Doctor who specializes in fertility!
The following are things I am going to start taking based on the recommendations found on this blog.
Coenzyme Q10 (200 mg 4x per day) – As per the One in Ten Million Blog: Coenzyme Q10 is safe to take and may improve the availability of mitochondrial energy production for the maturing oocyte and developing embryo, thereby reducing the rate of chromosomal nondisjunction and improving implantation in older infertile patients.
L-Arginine (500 mg 3x per day) – Again, as per the One in Ten Million Blog: L-Arginine is an essential amino acid that supports healthy circulation; and often called the miracle molecule by researchers, L-Arginine has shown to offer some supportive fertility benefits to both men and women. More than 10,000 medical citations have been written by researchers investigating the effects of L-Arginine on human fertility. L-Arginine is a precursor to nitric oxide, an important molecule that promotes vasodilation (relaxation of the blood vessels), which is important for healthy blood flow.
Royal Jelly (1000 mg 1 x per day) – And, again, from the One in Ten Million Blog (this blog is like my bible!): Shown to help balance hormones. This makes it beneficial to those individuals that suffer from a hormonal imbalance, as it helps to provide support to the endocrine system. It can also help with problems that are related to hormonal imbalance, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome or irregular menstrual cycles. Some studies have shown that Royal Jelly has the propensity to mimic human estrogen, which can help those that suffer from low estrogen levels. Royal Jelly is rich in amino acids, lipids, sugars, vitamins, and most importantly, proteins. It contains high levels of vitamins D and E, and also has ample levels of iron and calcium. As all of these are essential to proper health and organ function.
Myo-Inositol Powder (1 tbsp 2x per day) – Just google myo-inositol powder for fertility and you will get lots of different results on it’s benefits. Here is a synopsis from this website; Inositol (Myo-inositol) keeps coming up in the literature a s a supplement to take if you want to improve egg quality. It is one of the B vitamins and it has been found in the follicular fluid of higher quality eggs. Animal studies have shown that myo-inositol helps with blastocyst development. Myo-inositol is especially helpful for women with PCOS, but other women may find it helpful as well. This B vitamin is thought to increase insulin sensitivity of the ovary which helps egg quality. It is recommended that a woman who is trying to conceive should take it three months before they try to conceive while their eggs are forming in their ovary.
Melatonin (3 mg 1x per day) – As per this study; Healthy melatonin levels are necessary for optimal fertility. Eggs, like all cells in the human body, are exposed to free radicals that can cause DNA damage. Melatonin actually acts as an antioxidant in the ovaries, removing free radicals and preventing cellular damage. Because healthy egg production is the first step to conception and a healthy pregnancy, these findings suggest that healthy melatonin levels are crucial to fertility.
Maca Powder (1 tsp 1x per day) – Maca powder supports hormonal balance and balances the endocrine system. Here is a synopsis from this article; Containing 31 different minerals and 60 different phytonutrients, Maca is a nourishing food for the endocrine system, aiding the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands (all involved in hormonal balance.) Maca has the ability to affect key hormones in both women and men without containing hormones itself.
Raspberry Leaf Tea (1 tea bag per night) – Right on the package it says that Raspberry tea is to be used as a uterine tonic to aid in preparation for childbirth.
I plan to strictly follow this regime for the next 30 days. I will also be getting 8 hours of sleep per night, eating mostly gluten and dairy free, reducing my caffeine and alcohol intake, drinking tons of water, trading high intensity exercise classes for low-impact ones like yoga and barre and going to weekly acupuncture sessions. In approximately 30 days time I will head back to the doctor to get more bloodwork done and see how my levels are.