maximum fertility health for women and for men
5 October 2017 | Editor
Both men and women probably need multivitamins to assure the maximum chance of conceiving, but multivitamins need to be different for women and men.
Our bodies’ health depends for their continued survival on food and on the nutrients they get in that food. Without it we die: without the nutrients we need the body becomes incapable of doing what we expect of it.
What you eat affects everything from your blood to your cells to your hormones.
But in today’s more stressful lifestyle, with snatched meals, hectic schedule and pre-packed, badly designed, packaged food, we don’t get what we need. That’s why such a high proportion of people now take multivitamins to top up the deficiency in their diets.
At different times of life and at times of more specific needs, we need to examine what nutrients are necessary and a “one size fits all” multivitamin just won’t cut it.
Never is their more of a deviation from what is required than when seeking to conceive a baby. So what nutrient adjustment is needed here and is it different between the female and male partners seeking to get the very best fertility health possible?
Women need folic acid
No matter how balanced your diet is, it's still important to take prenatal vitamins to reduce the risk of having a baby with neural tube defects. Most experts recommend that all women start taking folic acid at least a month before trying to get pregnant.
In a Harvard study for example, women who took daily multivitamins containing 400 micrograms of folic acid were 40 percent less likely to experience ovulatory infertility than women who didn't.
Men must try to prevent sperm damage
For men, eating a nutrient dense diet can help not only to prevent damage to your sperm, but can also help to promote sperm health. Nutrients such as zinc, selenium and vitamin C (plus many others) have been shown to help increase sperm health, motility and mobility. Just over the last 50 years, male sperm counts have declined rapidly – originally a common/healthy number was 500 million. Now, anything under 20 million is considered a low sperm count.
Perhaps that leads us to consider two factors:
1. Is the more processed food we eat today deficient in everything we need, and
2. Does the greater incidence of child mortality in older times mean that there was a need for greater fertility in order to produce the same number of healthy babies? Has this need somehow dropped off now, and has this had an impact on lower sperm counts?
Today, science has a much better grasp on the requirements than ever before.
That’s why it’s important to develop multi nutrients specifically designed to help fertility - and these have to be different for men and for women.
Here are two different multivitamins developed by one of the leading manufacturers of multivitamins for those wanting to ensure maximum “fertility” health. This Company has been established for over 30 years and their products are manufactured in the UK to stringent pharmaceutical standards. They mainly feel to healthcare practitioners but their products are available to the public. That’s why we used this brand as a comparison.
See the differences between what’s good for women and what’s good for men:
|Nutrient ||Men ||Women ||Different quantity of nutrient |
|Vitamin A ||800µg ||- ||Different |
|Vitamin D ||10µg ||10µg ||Same |
|Vitamin E ||24mg ||20mg ||Different |
|Vitamin K ||75µg ||70µg ||Different |
|Vitamin C ||120mg ||70mg ||Different |
|Thiamin ||5mg ||10mg ||Different |
|Riboflavin ||4mg ||10mg ||Different |
|Niacin ||16mg ||20mg ||Different |
|Vitamin B6 ||10mg ||10mg ||Same |
|Folic Acid ||500µg ||400µg ||Different |
|Vitamin B12 ||50µg ||6µg ||Different |
|Biotin ||150µg ||150µg ||Same |
|Pantothenic Acid ||12mg ||5mg ||Different |
|Calcium ||100mg ||75mg ||Different |
|Magnesium ||4mg ||150mg ||Different |
|Iron ||7mg ||17mg ||Different |
|Zinc ||15mg ||15mg ||Same |
|Copper ||1mg ||1mg ||Same |
|Manganese ||4mg ||2mg ||Different |
|Selenium ||200µg ||100µg ||Different |
|Chromium ||200µg ||200µg ||Same |
|Iodine ||150µg ||150µg ||Same |
|Choline Bitartrate ||5mg ||5mg ||Same |
|Inositol ||5mg ||5mg ||Same |
|PABA ||5mg ||- ||Different |
|Lutein ||2mg ||- ||Different |
|Turmeric Extract ||50mg ||- ||Different |
|Green Tea Extract ||50mg ||- ||Different |
|Grape Seed Extract ||50mg ||- ||Different |
Lamberts Healthcare are the brand. These two lists of nutrients are available in separate packs: one for women and one for men but we have put them together. They're still two separate products but you can order them as one item. Have a closer look at them here. We supplying them with a discount if you buy them both (and we'll probably apply a further automatic discount when you put them in your basket.