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How can micronutrition impact fertility?

How can micronutrition impact fertility?

What is micronutrition?

Micronutrition is a preventive therapeutic approach based on the search for global and personalized optimization between micronutritional balance (vitamins, minerals, trace elements, etc.), lifestyle (physical activity, sleep), microbiota balance and stress management.

Our lifestyle can play a key role in baby trials. We now know the role of certain micronutrients in fertility, and more and more research highlights the importance of elements such as good sleep, a good microbiota and good morale! Of course, exposure to pollutants, tobacco, alcohol, as well as certain endocrine disruptors can also reduce the chances of conceiving.

Micronutrients to watch for good fertility

Many micronutrients play a key role in fertility. As for female fertility, we know the importance of iodine, an essential element for the proper functioning of the thyroid, linked to optimal fertility. But beware: too much iodine in the body can also have a deleterious effect on health. It’s all about balance! Another major trace element is zinc, essential for both women and men, from gametogenesis (maturation of ova and spermatozoa) to the course of pregnancy until its term. Other micronutrients are essential (B vitamins, iron, copper, selenium, etc.) and in particular polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6, the balance of which must be ensured to optimize the chances of conceiving and giving birth. , ultimatelyto a perfectly healthy baby.

Some imbalances are difficult to detect, since not all deficits give visible clinical signs. To identify them, medical analysis laboratories offer biological assessments, such as the Eurofins Biomnis laboratory with the Juvenalis range, which notably offers two panels: FertiCheck Men and FertiCheck Women. Thanks to these assessments, couples seeking to conceive will be able to optimize their fertility by filling their micronutrient deficiencies. Once the test has been carried out, the couple will be able to present the results to a practitioner specialized in micronutrition who will be able to direct them on the procedure to follow.

If a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle are necessary conditions for a good micronutrient balance, deficits are always possible: we can remember that the richness in micronutrients of fruits and vegetables half a century ago was incomparable compared to today! It may therefore be interesting to have blood tests carried out, which will make it possible to highlight the specific needs of each person in each situation. Knowing that certain elements can, in too large quantities, have deleterious effects, it is strongly not recommended to self-complement “blindly” : a consultation with a specialist (who can also be a pharmacist) and on the basis of the results of the dosages will allow personalized and informed supplementation, involving the future parents in a responsible approach which can only bear fruit!

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