Should You Be Taking Antioxidants To Boost Your Fertility? Could They Harm Your Chances of Conceiving?

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Antioxidants have been a hot topic in the world of fertility the past few years. Many believe antioxidants boost both egg and sperm health but do they really help?  could they actually cause harm to your fertility? Before answering this question we need to know what antioxidants do and how do they work.  

Antioxidants support and protect our cells from ROS (reactive oxygen species). They are able to naturally limit the harmful effects by inactivating them and repairing damaged cells. Antioxidants such as CoQ10 or Vitamin C also support our mitochondria and increase ATP production. ATP is extremely important for both sperm and egg maturation. Many studies have been done on ROS and its detriment on fertility for both men and women.
So far it sounds like ROS is very bad for our bodies but that's not the whole story. What many people fail to realize is that ROS is a fundamental part of cellular health.  There is a complicated balance for our cells between antioxidants and ROS. Some biological fertility functions are dependent on ROS. Processes such as follicle maturation, ovulation, fertilization, and implantation are all dependent on some level of ROS. Too many antioxidants may hinder this process which could severely impact our fertility in a negative way.  
So should you be taking antioxidants to boost your fertility? The answer is it depends!  
There are many reasons you may want to be taking high levels of antioxidants to improve your fertility. Things like age, hormone levels or environmental toxins all play a part in the answer to which ones would be most beneficial for you. Take too little and it won't add much benefit. Take too much and it could be detrimental to your fertility.  
At Acubalance we look at all the factors which may be affecting your fertility and put together a dedicated treatment plan specific for you. In many cases, this will indicate supplementing with antioxidants. To learn more about our approach to fertility please call to set up a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation.  
Best of Health
Dr. Ryan Funk
Doctor of Chinese Medicine