Good news—you can improve the health of your eggs.
In the past, we were told we were all born with a certain number of egg cells that run out as we age. We were led to believe that egg cells were the only cells in the body that did not regenerate, but instead were a finite number. We are finding out THIS IS JUST NOT TRUE. Recent research has shown that women can produce new eggs throughout their reproductive years.
You may have been told that your eggs are not healthy or that your eggs are too old. Here’s the great news: there is much you can do to enhance the health of your eggs.
It was commonly believed that the only factor that determined egg health and quality was age. Several new studies have shown that stress, hormones and environmental toxins all impact our egg health.
Your egg’s health is a key cornerstone of a healthy fertility, because the health of your eggs can affect whether or not fertilization, implantation and ultimately a healthy pregnancy will occur.
Here are some things you can do to improve your egg health:
- To begin, start drinking green tea and taking Coenzyme 10.
Coenzyme Q10 is a supplement that in several studies has been shown to improve egg quality. It boosts energy production in the oocytes, a cell in the ovary,which is needed due to decreased energy production due to aging. It is also a source of fuel for the mitochondria, which produces energy within the cells and with age, can begin to weaken. Along with taking a Coenzyme Q10 supplement, include natural sources of CoQ10 in your diet, such as almonds, spinach, sardines, broccoli, strawberries, and walnuts.
Green Tea contains hypoxanthine which provides follicular fluid that helps eggs mature and polyphenols that are powerful antioxidants that prevent chromosomal abnormalities, and repair oxidative damage within the body. However, green tea can reduce the body’s absorption of folic acid, so you may want to increase your dosage of folic acid at the same time.
- Start eating lots of foods with antioxidants, that will protect the egg from free radical damage. Free radicals can damage both the egg cell health and the cell’s DNA. Foods high in antioxidants that can combat free radicals include blueberries, cranberries, garlic, Granny apples, artichokes, spinach, kale, broccoli, plums, walnuts, and oregano.
- Include Maca in your diet, which is a root-like cruciferous vegetable, and the only plant known in the world that can grow and thrive at a high altitude in harsh weather. Maca contains 31 different minerals and 60 different phytonutrients, nourishes the endocrine system, aids the pituitary, adrenal and thyroid glands, and helps balance hormones and increases energy and stamina. Maca controls estrogen levels in the body, which is very important because if estrogen levels are high or low, it can prevent a woman from becoming pregnant or carrying full term. Excess estrogen levels can also cause progesterone levels to become too low. Make sure that when you purchase Maca, it contains the root, not just leaves and stem. Once, however you, are pregnant, you need to stop Maca—this is to be taken only to prepare your body to become pregnant.
- L-Arginine: an amino acid that has been shown to increase ovarian response, endometrial receptivity and pregnancy rates.
- Royal Jelly
- Omega-E fatty acid
- Consider taking a melatonin supplement, because new research has shown that the hormone melatonin may help improve egg quality.
- Vitamin B
- Red raspberry leaf
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Grapeseed extract
- Bee pollen
- Improve the blood flow and oxygenation to your ovaries. Oxygen rich blood flow to the ovaries is essential for good egg health. A lack of good blood flow can be due to lack of exercise, dehydration and thick blood. To increase blood flow to the ovaries, drink at least 8 glasses of pure, high-quality water each day. Make sure the water is NOT bottled in plastic. Do light exercise, such as walking. Massage your uterus and ovaries. You might want to look for a massage therapist to do abdomen massage
- Hormonal balance is key to proper egg health and cleansing your system of excess hormones can help. You can do this by doing a liver cleanse, especially if you suffer from an overabundance of estrogen.
- Work on improving your uterine health. Some herbs that can help you include Burdock Root, Milk Thistle Seed, Dandelion Root, Yellow Dock Root, Licorice Root and Goldenseal Root to cleanse the uterus.
- If your FSH levels are high, consider Vitex, a shrub native to Greece and Italy whose berries have been used in herbal medicine for centuries. Vitex has an amazing ability to balance fertility hormones and is considered one of the most useful herbs in fertility. It helps support and regulate the pituitary gland, inhibits follicle-stimulating hormones, lengthens the luteal phase, and increases progesterone levels.
- Reduce stress as much as you can in your life.
- In Chinese medicine, ovarian health is linked to kidney health. Do a kidney cleanse and eat foods that support and strengthen your kidney.
- Start acupuncture treatments once, twice or three times a week.
- Be aware of the two most common allergens that can impact your body, gluten and dairy.
- Increase circulation, through exercise and a massage to your reproductive system.
- Avoid environmental contaminants.
- Avoid dietary fats
- Be aware of insulin levels and eat in a way that reduces blood sugar level spikes.
- Avoid white flour products
- Repeat affirmations like “my eggs are healthy and can create a beautiful baby