Data were analyzed on 438 women at the average age of 32, with history of fertility issues due to ovulation problems. This group was studied during an eight-year period. During this time, those who took iron supplements were about 40% more likely to be fertile than the women who did not take iron.
November 1, 2007, issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Nutrition and diet play a huge role in fertility and reproductive health. This study has shown a 40% increase in fertility by using iron. This study had a 40% rate while including women who did not want to get pregnant.
Which type of iron is best?
Food-based iron is the best choice because it is highly absorbed and had no side effects like synthetic iron is known for. When synthetic iron is consumed, one may experience constipation. I use Blood Builder from Mega Foods but actually prefer to use the Baby and Me prenatal from Mega Food and get everything I need all at once.
What are some foods that contain iron?
- Red meats
- dandelion greens
Can I get too much iron?
If you are using supplemental iron you can get too much. A good dosage is around 27mg a day.
Final Notes: It is important include this information with a quality, nutrient-dense fertility diet. Make sure to take iron with your vitamin C for best absorption. I like the combination found in Baby and Me.
- Chavarro, J.E., Rich-Edwards, J.W. , Rosner, B. A. and Willett, W.C. (November 2006). Iron Intake and Risk of Ovulatory Infertility. Obstetrics & Gynecology. Volume 108 – Issue 5 – p 1145-1152. doi: 10.1097/01.AOG.0000238333.37423.ab. Retrieved from: http://journals.lww.com/greenjournal/Abstract/2006/11000/Iron_Intake_and_Risk_of_Ovulatory_Infertility.15.aspx