Posts in Nutrition
Selenium and Fertility

Very often when we think of fertility issues, we jump to the conclusion that it is a female issue as the woman provides the vessel to carry the baby.  We now have a much better understanding of the importance of the quality of male sperm.  Sperm testing is carried out in fertility clinics.  These tests include diagnosing issues such as low sperm count, poor mobility, poor motility and damage to the DNA.

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Fibre & Fertility


To prepare for pregnancy and enhance fertility, it is very important to maintain a healthy weight and choose foods that will create a safe and supportive environment for your baby's nine-month journey.  From a female perspective, the foods consumed and toxins ingested have an effect on hormonal balance and egg quality.  We now understand the importance of the environment that the egg is released into and how it subsequently develops.  That is why a good diet and sufficient nutrients are so important to support the developing foetus.  Males are no different as sperm is manufactured in the male body every 74 days, which is why it is so important to consume foods that have a beneficial effect on sperm quality.  

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NutritionOrla O'Connor
5 Anti-Nutrients men need to avoid

Fertility solutions are big business and medical intervention is very expensive.  The reasons are multifactorial and can be male or female or both.  Food and its impact on health outcomes has now emerged as one of the major players in achieving a pregnancy.  The role of the male in conception is sometimes understated but very important.  There is a steep increase in males presenting with sperm issues.  The focus on sperm quality and the genetics of this raw material is comprehensive and responds best to dietary intervention and adopting positive lifestyle behaviours.

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Don't forget to take Folic Acid NOW

Research with 402 mothers-to-be attending the Coombe Hospital in Dublin highlighted that only one in three women achieved the recommended dietary folate intake*. It is well documented that dietary deficiencies of folate are associated with an increased risk of neural tube defects - mainly spina bifida and anencephaly, a condition where the foetus is missing parts of the brain and skull.

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Zinc & Male Fertility

As important as zinc levels are to a woman’s fertility, it maybe even more vital when a man is trying for a baby. Zinc is one of the most important trace minerals to date for male fertility. 
Increasing zinc levels in men has been shown to boost sperm volume; improve structure and function of male sperm and is a good quality anti-oxidant.

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Vitamin D - Sunshine on the road to conception

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with several reproductive disorders, including miscarriage, preterm birth and reduced production of the sex hormones.  In fact, research has discovered that vitamin D may play a regulatory role in female reproductive physiology, since vitamin D receptors and enzymes are expressed in the ovaries and the placenta.  According to a study carried out in the National Maternity hospital in Dublin, pregnant women in Ireland have vitamin D intakes far below those recommended for the normal development of a child’s bones,.  

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