Zinc is an extremely important mineral in our diet. It is a component of one of the most abundant antioxidant compounds in the body (copper-zinc oxide dismutase) and is a co-factor in over 400 reactions in the body, including many steps involved in metabolism. It is essential for the production of sperm and for the development of mature eggs and uterine health in female fertility. Zinc is critical for the production of thyroid hormones and thus regulation of our hormones in general and prevention of miscarriage.
Did you know that pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) affects approximately 70 to 90% of women? That’s almost all of us! PMS describes any symptoms that occur after ovulation and disappear almost as soon as the period arrives. A further 10% of women with PMS may experience a very severe form called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
Dr Ciara Wright was recently speaking at an international medical conference on safe and sensible weight loss for IVF.
When losing weight is the last thing you want to do
Hearing that you need to have IVF can be very difficult. It is an emotionally and often physically draining process, with the highs of your hopes and expectations and the lows of test results, bad news and failed cycles. When your dream of having a family is proving hard to realise, it can be just another blow to hear that you need to lose weight. We all know that losing weight is difficult at the best of times, but in the midst of the rollercoaster of IVF, it can be even more difficult.
Eggs and sperm, like all of your cells, are made from the nutrients found in the foods you eat. There is ever-increasing evidence to support the importance of good nutrition for fertility. Crucial nutrients such as zinc, selenium and essential fatty acids, often lacking in today’s diets, are vital to optimise sperm and egg quality.