5 Fertility Fixes

If you're thinking of having a baby, add some fertility boosting herbs to help you along the way.
In the herbal and midwifery world, the leaves of the red raspberry fruit have been valued since ancient Greek and Roman times as an excellent tonic to prepare for pregnancy. Red raspberry leaf tea is popular amongst women trying to conceive. It is safe to take during pregnancy too and is said to strengthen the uterine lining. Many health care professionals also believe that red raspberry leaf can help prevent pregnancy complications and miscarriage.  2. STINGING NETTLE This powerful herb tones and nourishes the uterus, and is said to go a long way toward preparing a woman's body for pregnancy and sustaining the embryo once conception occurs. It's also great for preparing for the baby's birth, as it's extremely high in Vitamin K, of which newborns require an ample amount. It's most popular in tea form, and many women drink it while breastfeeding as it can help with successful lactation. 3. DANDELION Dandelion is an excellent source of herbal nutrition, making it a good choice for women who would like to get pregnant (and those who already are). Dandelion root helps clear the way for fertility by adding nutrients that may be lacking, and cleaning out toxins that stress the liver - especially chemicals that disrupt natural hormone activity. The herb can help encourage a more regular cycle, and many women report experiencing less menstrual cramping while taking it. It's available in capsule, extract or tea form, and present in many liver cleansing tonics. 4. ALFALFA Alfalfa has been used as an infertility remedy for decades. The herb is rich in the essential minerals, fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins necessary for a strong reproductive system. It also helps the body get rid of the toxins that can cause infertility. For women who have conceived, alfalfa can be used as a pregnancy tonic to prepare the body for conception. It's also a phytoestrogen, which means that it blocks estrogen from its receptors, helping regulate the fluctuating levels of estrogen that can be another common fertility issue. 5. ZINC Zinc is the most widely studied nutrient in terms of fertility for both men and women. It is an essential component of genetic material, and a zinc deficiency can cause chromosome changes in both men and women, leading to reduced fertility and an increased risk of miscarriage. Zinc is necessary for the body to efficiently use its reproductive hormones, estrogen and progesterone. It's found in high concentrations in sperm, as it's needed to make the outer layer and tails of the swimmers. Several studies have shown that reducing zinc in a man's diet will also reduce his sperm count.

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