Vitamin A and Infertility
on Sep 29, 2012
by Alyssia Granger
How does Vitamin A affect fertility? Find out how important this key vitamin is to your fertility, where to get it, and how it works.
Of all of the vitamins that are essential for bodily functions, Vitamin A is probably one of the most important ones as far as fertility is concerned. If you are trying to get pregnant or dealing with infertility, you will definitely want to make sure that you are getting enough Vitamin A, and we are going to tell you why. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Want to hear a crazy fact? As many as 15% of Americans suffer from a deficiency of Vitamin A. That is a huge percentage of people! If you don’t already know, Vitamin A is an important antioxidant that protects our body from diseases such as cancer. Vitamin A helps to keep your teeth, gums, eyes, and hair healthy and strong, and it also helps to metabolize fats in the body! In addition to all of these benefits, Vitamin A can also really help reproductive systems as well.
One of the most noticeable things that Vitamin A does is increase and improve cervical mucus. As we all know, cervical mucus is a very important part of the reproductive process. Cervical mucus is what helps to protect the sperm on their journey to meet the egg. Vitamin A helps the body increase the productions of fluids and cervical mucus, and it actually helps the mucus itself to become more nourishing and healthy for the sperm. Vitamin A helps to make sure that the follicles grow and mature properly. This is important for helping the egg to grow and mature, and also for helping the follicles that are responsible for releasing the egg. Vitamin A keeps all of these important body processes running and functioning properly.
Where can you get Vitamin A? Luckily, Vitamin A is one of the easiest vitamins to get from natural food sources. It is found in both animal and plant products. The animal version is known as retinol, and the plant version is known as beta carotene. Retinol is more easily absorbed by the body, so try to get Vitamin A from animal sources when possible. Animal sources of Vitamin A come from things like eggs, butter, whole milk, cheddar cheese and animal liver. The plant sources of Vitamin A are found in things like carrots, sweet potatoes, mangoes, spinach and cantaloupe. Vitamin A is also available in supplement pill form, but it is definitely recommended that you get it from food sources! That is always best, since it is the most natural way to get the vitamins! Actually, synthetic (or pill form) of Vitamin A can be toxic in large doses, so make sure you get it from food sources when you can!
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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.