Antioxidants Don’t Hurt, But Don’t Necessarily Help

Omega-3-capsulesA woman trying to conceive will try just about anything to increase her chances of conception. For years, woman TTC have been preached about the benefits of taking antioxidants (like melatonin, vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids) to help with fertility.

A recent Fox News article explored a study published in the Cochrane Library and done in New Zealand that found that women trying to conceive who took antioxidants received no additional benefits for fertility by taking antioxidants. The antioxidants didn’t hurt their fertility but it didn’t necessarily help either.

Rather than concentrating on antioxidants, women trying to conceive should take a simple prenatal or multi-vitamin with folic acid. Taking 400 mcg of folic acid a day for at least one month before you conceive and during your first trimester, you can cut your chances of having a baby with neural-tube defects such as spina bifida by 50 to 70 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).


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