Cod Liver Oil for Your Fertility

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How can you increase your odds of getting pregnant? Give your fertility a nudge with these 5 reasons written by www.mother.ly on why you should start taking cod liver oil.

Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial to good health. That’s especially true for women who are trying to conceive, currently pregnant, breastfeeding or just trying to get their hormones back on track. But while essential fatty acids are essential, we cannot produce them on our own, so we must consume them through diet and supplementation. 

Research shows that the best source of omega-3 fats is fatty fish, followed by walnuts, eggs, pumpkin seeds and freshly ground flax seeds. Yet eating a serving of each of these foods per day may not give us all the amount that our bodies need. And while fish oil is a great way to supplement, cod liver oil may be the healthier choice for couples who’ve decided to start a family.

Here are 5 reasons you should start taking cod liver oil before getting pregnant.

  1. It can boost fertility. Omega-3 fatty acids — DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
    and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) — are known to provide a wide range of
    health benefits — from a lower risk of heart disease to improvement in
    cholesterol. They can also reduce inflammation, balance your hormones,
    increase blood flow to the uterus, up the production of egg white cervical
    mucus, improve sex drive and even support proper sperm production. Cod
    liver oil thus fosters a vaginal environment that is favorable to conception
    and provides you with all the ingredients you need to potentially get
    pregnant faster.
  2. It’s lower in mercury and other heavy metals. Mercury is an element that
    collects in oceans, lakes and streams; and in high quantity, it can be
    detrimental to the nervous system. You want to avoid fish that is at risk of
    high mercury content. Cod, especially Atlantic cod (Gadus Morhua), is a
    deep-water fish that tends to have much lower mercury levels , making it
    safer for women who are trying to conceive or who are pregnant. It’s also
    important to choose brands that adhere to strict extraction and distillation
    processes so that their oil remains clean and toxin free.
  3. It’s rich in vitamin A. Vitamin A boosts the immune system and promotes
    good skin, bone and vision health. But it doesn’t stop there: it’s also
    essential for reproductive health. Vitamin A helps follicles mature properly
    and promotes cervical fluid that is more abundant and more nourishing to
    the sperm. It also helps regulate hormones.
  4. It’s a great source of vitamin D. The human body produces vitamin D in
    response to skin being exposed to sunlight. You can otherwise get this
    «sunshine vitamin» through food and supplements. But according to
    a Harvard study, 1 billion people are low in vitamin D, which can cause
    short- and long-term health effects — one of them being the imbalance of
    sex hormones. Vitamin D can help women who suffer from PCOS and can
    boost progesterone and estrogen production, both of which are responsible
    for regulating menstrual cycles, therefore upping your chance of successful
    conception.
  5. It’s also good for the baby. During pregnancy, essential fatty acids are
    important to your baby’s brain, nervous system, eye and heart
    development. Studies also show that babies of women who consumed cod
    liver oil are at lower risk for juvenile type 1 diabetes. What’s more, having a sufficient level of DHA and EPA acids can help prevent complications like
    preeclampsia, premature birth and miscarriage. Finally, if you plan on
    breastfeeding your child, taking cod liver oil can continue to contribute to
    your baby’s brain development. And since cod liver oil is rich in vitamin D
    and A, it can boost immunity and keep baby’s bones strong.

The Norwegian health authorities recommend eating fish 2-3 times a week. Taking cod liver oil / or an omega 3 product as a dietary supplement might be a good alternative to secure a daily sufficient intake of fatty acids.

Source: https://www.mother.ly/cod-liver-oil-fertility

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