Infertility is estimated to affect 1 in 6 couples. The desire to bring new life into the world is a great one and the
inability to do so can be discouraging. Couples seek out cause and resolution with infertility. There are many
causes of infertility such as estrogen dominance, deficiencies, and toxicity. The human body is designed to
reproduce and create life. The most important thing a person experiencing infertility must do is evaluate their
lifestyle. A delicate life cannot grow healthily within a sub-optimal environment, which means a mother must nourish and cleanse her body before she carries a child.
This will give herself and her child the greatest chance at a healthy pregnancy, birth, and life. Vitamin c is the most vital nutrient for a healthy pregnancy. The corpus luteum is a cyst that develops after an ovum has been released from an ovary. This cyst secretes progesterone, maintaining the endometrium so that it does not shed if the ovum and sperm fuse.
The corpus luteum contains twice as much vitamin c in a pregnant female than a non pregnant one. Women that rely on diet alone to get
their vitamin c will have inadequate levels to maintain a healthy luteal cyst. This inadequacy will likely prevent a pregnancy from progressing. Cord blood and amniotic fluid contain twice as much vitamin c than that of the mothers blood levels. Interesting how the mothers
body seems to favor the baby with vitamin c. Perhaps, the baby is favored because vitamin c neutralizes toxins and
has a protective effect on the baby.
If the father-to-be suffers from infertility it is most likely a direct result of inadequate vitamin c levels. Scientific literature shows that unhealthy sperm is associated with low levels of this vital nutrient.
The University of Rochester Medical Center in New York found that “men with insufficient seminal
ascorbic acid frequently have sperm DNA damage” (Song G., 2006). Considering a large number of miscarriages
are genetically caused, evaluating the nutritional status of the man is very important. Another study was
conducted by Dubai Specialized Medical Center and Research Lab and they found that “vitamin C
supplementation in infertile men might improve sperm count, sperm motility, and sperm morphology and might
have a place as an additional supplement to improve the semen quality towards conception” (Akmal M., 2006).
Strong evidence points towards the fact that infertility is associated with low vitamin c levels in the body for men
and women. This may be due to the fact that vitamin c is used up rapidly by neutralizing oxidative stress. By
supplementing this vital nutrient consistently in high doses throughout the day one can be certain their body is
getting what is required for a healthy pregnancy.
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