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Nutrition and prenatal supplements are essential when trying to conceive, especially since specific vitamins and minerals have been found to be especially beneficial in aiding fertility.

It is very important that you pay special attention to vitamin intake as soon as you start thinking about getting pregnant. Nutrition and prenatal supplements are essential when trying to conceive, especially since specific vitamins and minerals have been found to be especially beneficial in aiding fertility.

Folic acid

Folic acid sometimes also called folate belongs to a group of B vitamins. Folic acid is essential in preventing birth defects, but it has also been shown that folic acid improves fertility in men and women. Recommended daily amount is 400mcg, and folic acid is found in green leafy vegetables such as broccoli, kale and spinach. Folic acid is present in oranges as well as enriched grains. It is very important to consume folic acid in early pregnancy since it reduces the risk of a birth defect involving incomplete development of the brain and spinal cord, which is a very serious neural tube defect by up to 70%.

Group B vitamins 

B6 and B12 Folic acid is B9, but B6 and B12 are along with folate also very important. Vitamin B6 and fertility in women go hand in hand. B6 vitamin is found in foods like cereal, eggs, legumes, liver, meat, whole grains and yeast. There are several additional benefits of B6 vitamin such as relieving depression, PMS, and most of all B6 helps with fertility is to treat a luteal phase defect. Some of the traditional societies believe that B12 supplements can allow a woman to conceive. Since B12 plays a key role in the development of new tissue, it may help women who may not ovulate or whose egg may not develop, or woman who have experienced several miscarriages. B12 vitamin is also proven to help men with low sperm count.

Vitamin C

is essential antioxidant when trying to conceive. This is especially the case in men who smoke, since the chemicals found in smoke cause sperm clumping and abnormally shaped sperm. Vitamin C improves the men s sperm count, motility and viability. Vitamin C itself is safe, but it's prudent not to take mega-doses when you're pregnant. If you're taking prenatal vitamins, you'll be getting vitamin C in that supplement. My recommendation is to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables: orange juice, kiwi, red pepper, or strawberries etc. Zinc Zinc is one of the most important minerals in men for maintaining and improving the production of testosterone since it affects motility and sperm count, while in women zinc improves the ability of body to use estrogen and progesterone more efficiently. Rich sources of zinc are found in meat and seafood, while vegans should consume more whole grains and wheat germ. There is a danger present with zinc: if you take it too much, it can be toxic and may behave as counterproductive in your efforts to aid conception. On the other hand body absorption of zinc is usually quite low, but well balanced diet is usually enough to maintain zinc levels. Therefore, overdose is less possible, but if you are planning to take zinc supplement, you should consult your health provider first.

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