November 3, 2007

Fertility cycle and nutrition - Part III

Natural elements and minerals for fertility

1. Folic Acid: The lack of folic acid can cause both male and female fertility.

Folic Acid Sources : meat, seafood, green-leaf vegetables, cereals, and legumes.

2. Zinc: Elevates the levels of testosterone and increase perm count and motility. However you should not take high doses of zinc for too long since it can reduce the body's natural reserves of copper.

Zinc Sources: read meat, cashews, peanuts and Brazilian nuts.

3. Selenium: Increases sperm count and volume when it is taken along with vitamin E. It also helps increase progesterone.

Selenium Sources : Brazilian nuts, cereals, seafood, algae and wheat germ.

4. Iron: Very important mineral for fertility.

Iron sources: red meat, legumes, liver and eggs

5. L-Arginine: This amino acid is important for semen production and male fertility.

L-arginine sources: milk products, chicken, meat, nuts and chocolate.

6. L-carnitine: It's necessary for the good function of sperm cells.

L-carnitine sources: red meat, beer yeast, wheat germ, and soybean vegetal protein

7. Isoflavones: Regulate estrogen imbalance.

Isoflavones sources: Soybean

8. Coenzyme Q10: Prevents lipid peroxidation of spermatozoids and favors sperm motility.

Coenzyme Q10 sources: sardines, mackerel, meat, lamb, pork, eggs, wheat germ, peanuts and whole grains.


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