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vitamins & minerals & beyond* Fertility supplements have been used for hundreds upon hundreds of years, though their forms continue to vary and improve. From herbal substances to derived nutrients, the test of time has suggested the best ingredients for today’s men and women looking to conceive. For both women and men, common fertility supplemental ingredients include the following:Primarily Women: Royal Jelly: "Royal Jelly" is the nutrition for seemingly ever-fertile queen bees, and is a good source of calcium, iron, protein, amino acids, vitamin D, and vitamin E. traditionally, it is believed to maintain estrogen levels, stabilize the endocrine system, and encourage healthy reproductive processes. PABA: PABA is an element of a complete B vitamin complex, and lead to highly successful rates of pregnancy in "previously infertile" women who took PABA supplements regularly for many months. The study points to a 75% success rate, and was performed in 1942. Chaste tree berry (Agnus Castus): Agnus castus, similar to vitamin C, can be especially helpful in women with luteal phase defect by regulating the endocrine system. Normal progesterone and prolactin levels are often achieved after a regular supplementary routine, studies show. Subsequently, agnus castus has been shown to have a favorable effect on remedying amenorrhea. Red Clover: Red Clover has been used traditionally to improve circulation, increase cervical mucus production, and increase appetite for those hoping to gain weight for fertility purposes. Red Clover serves as a good source of magnesium and calcium as well. In one veterinary study, fertility was recovered in subjects after grazing on red clover. Ginseng: Ginseng may increase egg follicle development and support uterine function according to various sources. One study suggests ginseng may have an effect on nerve growth in the ovaries and pituitary in female lab rats with polycystic ovaries. Folic Acid: Folic acid, like PABA, is part of the total vitamin B complex, and has been shown to both improve chances of fertility, and prevent neural tube defects such as spina bifida. Zinc: Insufficient levels of zinc in the body can reduce chances of conception and increase the risk of miscarriage. By helping to utilize and 'hold onto' the estrogen and progesterone produced by the body. Additionally, zinc may work to bolster the immune system and aid in overall health. Ginkgo Biloba: Studies show that ginkgo biloba increases healthy circulation of blood around reproductive organs. As a powerful antioxidant, supplements of this leaf extract work towards promoting overall health. Primarily both Men and Women: Vitamin C: Easy to incorporate into a diet, vitamin c is an antioxidant that may increase chances of ovulation in women on a clomiphene supplement routine. Studies also suggest vitamin C supplements may increase progesterone levels in women with luteal phase defect, thus increases chances of fertility. Vitamin D: Vitamin D maintains a healthy balance of progesterone and estrogen, regulates menstruation. For men, vitamin D increases testosterone levels, and aids in the healthy production of sperm, reflected both in sperm count Vitamin E: Vitamin E is often recommended as a supplement for both men and women, and works to increase fertility on both fronts. Some research suggests that sperm fertility increases as a result of the antioxidant intervention. Primarily Men: L-Arginine: L-Arganine is an amino acid which naturally aids sperm production, both in number produced and health of sample. Thus, L-Arginine works to increase male sperm counts, and improve sperm motility. L-Carnitine: Similar to L-Arginine, L-Carnitine is an amino acid which aids in sperm health. Studies show that higher amounts of L-Carnitine in sperm cells are consistent with higher sperm counts and superb motility. Selenium: In men, healthy selenium levels can protect chromosomes from breaking due to highly reactive free radicals. By doing so, risk of miscarriage and future birth defects can be decreased significantly. Studies correlate higher blood selenium levels with higher sperm counts. © Rhea Care, Inc. 2012References:www.fairhavenhealth.comhttp://www.fertilaid.com/formula.asphttp://www.livestrong.com/article/275143-the-benefits-of-ginseng-root-to-female-fertility/http://natural-fertility-info.com/vitamin-c-increases-fertility-and-chances-of-getting-pregnant-by-25.htmlhttp://natural-fertility-info.com/paba-study-shows-75-success-rate.htmlhttp://www.naturalfertilityshop.com/L-Arginine-p/100030.htm Research:In support of Red Clover:H. W. Morley, A. Axelsen, D. Bennett Article first published online: 10 MAR 2008DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-0813.1966.tb08835.x support of general supplementaion (esp. vitamin C, PABA):Czeizel AE, Metneki J, Dudas I. The effect of preconceptional multivitamin supplementation on fertility. Int J Vit Nutr Res. 1996;66:55–58 [removed]In support of Vitex Agnus-Castus:Amman W. Favorable effect of Agnus castus (Agnolyt) on amenorrhea. ZFA (Stuttgart). 1982 Feb 10;58(4):228-31.Gerhard I I, Patek A, Monga B, Blank A, Gorkow C. Women with fertility disorders benefited from V. agnus-castus obtaining more pregnancies then the placebo group. Forsch Komplementarmed. 1998;5(6):272-278.Propping D, Katzorke T. Treatment of corpus luteum insufficiency. Zeitschr Allgemeinmedizin 1987;63:932–3.Bergmann J, Luft B, Boehmann S, Runnebaum B, Gerhard I. The efficacy of the complex medication Phyto-Hypophyson L in female, hormone-related sterility. A randomized, placebo-controlled clinical double-blind study. Forsch Komplementarmed Klass Natureheilkd 2000; 7(4):190-9.In support of Folic Acid:Robert J. Berry, M.D., M.P.H.T.M., Zhu Li, M.D., M.P.H., J. David Erickson, D.D.S., Ph.D., Song Li, M.D., Cynthia A. Moore, M.D., Ph.D., Hong Wang, M.D., Ph.D., Joseph Mulinare, M.D., M.S.P.H., Ping Zhao, M.D., Lee-Yang C. Wong, M.S., Jacqueline Gindler, M.D., Shi-Xin Hong, M.D., Ling Hao, M.D., M.P.H., Elaine Gunter, B.S., M.T.(A.S.C.P.), and Adolfo Correa, M.D., Ph.D. for the China–U.S. Collaborative Project for Neural Tube Defect Prevention N Engl J Med 1999; 341:1485-1490In support of ingredient, Vitamin E:Bayer R. Treatment of infertility with vitamin E. Int J Fertil 1960;5:70–8.In support of ingredient, Ginseng: support of ingredient, Gingko Biloba: support of Vitamin DPal, L. “Vitamin D deficiency and female infertility.” Presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, San Francisco. 2008.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22275473 * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using any of these products.