5 Things to Boost Your Fertility



Our stressful lives and processed foods doesn’t help with fertility. However, the good news is that there are a number of vitamins and supplements you can take to help boost your fertility.

1. Take vitamin B6

Vitamin b6 has been shown to support a regular cycle and helps balance hormones. Research has shown that giving B6 to women has increased their fertility.

As well as supplements, you can also find B6 in foods, so up your intake of: sunflower seeds, pistachios, tuna, turkey, pork and prunes.

2. B12 and Zinc for your partner

Both B12 and zinc are incredibly helpful to increase sperm count. Zinc is also important for women especially if you have been taking the pill for a while, which can cause a deficiency in Zinc.

If you want to get your zinc from foods, munch on pumpkin seeds and oysters and B12 can be found in shellfish, liver, mackerel and crab.

3. Folic Acid

This is probably the most common vitamin people think about when it comes to fertility and there is a reason why, it’s super essential. Its good to be taking this before you have a baby as it helps produce important genetic material of the egg and sperm in the 3 months prior to conception. Supplementing with folic acid before and after conceiving helps reduce risks of spinal bifida.

You can find folate in beans, lentils, asparagus and spinach.

4. Vitamin E

This skin glowing vitamin is incredibly beneficial for fertility. It has been seen to really help support couples going through IVF.

Vitamin E can be found in almonds, dark left greens, sunflower seeds and avocados (yum)

5. Selenium

This amazing trace mineral has been shown to improve sperm formation but also as an antioxidant helps reduce the risk of miscarriage.

Munch on Brazil nuts to get your fix, just 2 a day gets you to your daily quota. If your not a fan of nuts then you can also get it from: seafood, fish and sunflower seeds.


What have you found help boots your fertility? Leave a comment below


  • Caroline Handley

    Hi Madeleine, I’ve just bought some Viridian B6 supplements (200mg). How often would you recommend taking them? I’ve read a few things that have made me think 200mg might be too much to take daily. Any thoughts on this would be much appreciated. Thanks and love your new website. Caz x

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Hello lovely, I think 1 daily with food is perfectly fine xx

  • Gabi Gorin

    Thanks for sharing! :) I have been trying to get pregnant for 3 years and I recently started upping my vitamins intake. Although blood tests showed I’m still deficient.

    So I’m now also taking probiotics (as I struggle with gut issues) in the hope that if I can heal my gut, I will start to absorb and assimilate these vitamins and minerals.

    I’ve also been doing your yoga routines every morning, as Ive finally cottoned on that a stressed mind and body are not conducive to getting pregnant!

    I also just try to remain hopeful! :) xxx

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Hello gorgeous, sounds like you’re doing all the right things. Yoga is especially great, good luck gorgeous xx

  • Carly De La Salle

    Could you tell me what vitamins are good to take for someone who is vegetarian looking to be vegan? Thank you.

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      B12 is especially important and omega 3, vitamin D xx

  • Andrea T.

    Thanks for the post. I was wondering if you prefer to take a multivitamin a day containing all the above or if you take them separately? Also what brand do you use please?

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