A Buyer’s Guide for Supplements, Nutritional products, and Detox

Proper nutrition and supplementation is paramount in treating fertility challenges. It helps to maintain proper hormone function, maintain energy levels, and get the body into its happy homeostatic state. Listed are Amazon links to products we likely talked about in your consult, and are high quality products I recommend to patients. Note – these are Amazon Affiliate links, where I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you, for recommending products from their site.

Prenatals & MultiVitamins

  • Thorne Prenatal – My favorite pharmaceutical grade prenatal – it’s the best quality prenatal that I’ve found for the price. Contains the highest quality, nonGMO ingredients, no artificial fillers, and folate as L-5-Methylfolate. Serving size 3 pills/day.
  • Thorne Basic Nutrients – My favorite pharmaceutical grade multi for partners. Great levels of antioxidants – Vitamins C & E, zinc and selenium

Vitamin D

  • Thorne Vitamin D 5000IU – We are all deficient! If you haven’t had a VitD lab drawn, I highly recommend it Order one from EverlyWell by clicking here. Minimum Vitamin D levels are 30 ng/mL, but optimally we should see levels above 60ng/mL for fertility.

CoQ10 as Ubiquinol

  • Jarrow Ubiquinol – The most absorbable form of CoQ10 is Ubiquinol. Thorne’s CoQ10 is only 100mg. Jarrow makes 200mg pills. Most fertility specialists recommend 400-600mg/day, so a 200mg dose reduces the amount of pills you’re taking per day. This is good for both egg and sperm health!

Fish Oil (DHA + EPA)

  • Thorne Prenatal DHA – Fish oil is the acupuncture of supplements for its circulation properties. Important for fetal brain development, and important for sperm health, this can be a life long supplement.
    • A note about fish oil/prenatal combos – these are not advised, as the metals in the prenatal can cause the fish oil to go rancid. Also they tend to be DHA only, when we really need the EPA Omega 3 fatty acid as well. It is advised to take your fish oil in a separate pill than your prenatal.
  • Thorne Advanced DHA – Honestly, the prenatal DHA above has the same dose of DHA and EPA, so partner can take that as well, but if we need separate bottles, by all means!

    Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes

    • Thorne FloraMend Probiotic – This is a great shelf stable (not refridgerated) probiotic
    • Thorne Advnaced Digestive Enzymes – Digestive Enzymes are much better for you than an acid reducer because it actually helps you break down your food. Take these every time you eat foods that typically don’t agree with you. Mandatory for those who have had their Gallbladders removed (I can’t stress this enough)!!!

     

    L-Carnitine for Sperm Health and Egg Health

    • Thorne L Carnitine – an antioxidant function as a sperm protector, and because it’s secreted in the testes and epididymis, it plays a key role in maturation and motility. 1000mg/day, serving size 2 pills. This goes in the kitchen sink category for egg health. It shuttles nutrients into the cells, and there has been good research on embryo quality when undergoing IVF

      N Acetyl Cysteine

      • Thorne NAC – There has been a lot of buzz with NAC and its fertility benefits for both eggs and sperm. It is the precursor to the master antioxidant, glutathione, so it’s cellular protective and anti-aging. Research shows that it’s good for blood sugar regulation for women with PCOS, so this would be in addition to your Inositol. 1000mg/day, serving size 2 pills

      Alpha Lipoic Acid

      • Thorne ALAALA is an exceptionally versatile antioxidant that protects the body’s cells and repairs oxidative damage. It is a coenzyme in energy production, optimizing mitochondrial function. It supports proper cellular sugar regulation in those with PCOS. It’s historically been used to support liver detoxification function. 

      Resveratrol

      • Thorne’s ResveraCel – the antioxidant found in grape skins. The NIH says, “growing evidence indicates that resveratrol has potential therapeutic effects in women with diminished ovarian function, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, or uterine fibroids.” Thorne’s product has nicotinimus riboside (TruNiagen) and quercitin for added benefit.

      Inositol for PCOS

      • Ovasitol by Theralogix or Thorne’s Ovarian Care. I recommend Inositols for women with PCOS because they help mediate the insulin response that causes anovulation and excess androgens in the ovaries. A combination Myo-Inositol and D-Chiro Inositol at a 40:1 ratio is what occurs naturally in the body.

      Magnesium

      • Magnesium Oil Spray – There are some estimates that 2 out of 3 people are deficient in magnesium. Magnesium chloride is best absorbed transdermally, or through the skin. The benefits of magnesium chloride supplementation include sleep support, cramping and muscle tension relief, headache relief, and blood sugar balance. This should be sprayed either at the bottom of the feet or on the thighs before bed.
      • Thorne Magnesium Citrate – For bowel movement support, Thorne’s magnesium is great. A note about magnesium – there are multiple different forms of mag. This has Mag Citrate, which is in the promote bowel movements category, and Mag Malate, which is good for muscle soreness and metabolism
      • Thorne Cal/Mag Citrate Powder – If you want the added benefit of calcium + magnesium, a powder form that you mix in water is a great way to get both extra calcium and magnesium

      Iron

      • Floradix – a non constipating liquid iron formula with a lot of good blood building ingredients and B vitamins. Recommended for those with low energy, who bruise easily, or those with heavy periods.

      Castor Oil

      • Castor Oil – I often recommend castor oil packs for patients with clotty, painful periods, endometriosis, PCOS, constipation, or lining issues with IVF. It’s also great for your eyelashes, scalp health, and hair growth! A wearable castor oil pack is here, and you can do a DIY with just a towel and a heating pad. Available in a 16oz bottle or 3oz roll on

        Detox

        • Thorne’s Liver Cleanse – If you feel like your liver needs a little love, I love this product from Thorne. I take this any time I drink alcohol.
        • Pure Encapsulations DIM Detox – DIM is the compound in cruciferous vegetables that promotes hormone balance by helping the liver to process estrogens. Good for any estrogen dominant symptoms like PMS, hormonal acne, clotty periods, fibroids & endometriosis, or generally feeling hormonal at certain times of your cycle. Personally, I start a bottle of this for 30 days every quarter.