By Alison Maunder, naturopath, herbalist, nutritionist
Winter has been a little late arriving this year. Despite this, with the sun lower in the sky, our vitamin D levels can fall by up to a massive 30% in winter. When our vitamin D levels drop, so can our general health and well-being. Vitamin D plays a crucial role in the immune system protecting us from infections and ensuring resilience against autoimmune diseases and some cancers.
Let’s take two men: John and Matt. Both are looking to conceive with their partners in the next three months. They are chatting about whether they need to do anything to prepare. Their partners have started taking a preconception multivitamin and eating healthier, but would eating better and living a healthier lifestyle make a difference to their sperm health? Read more to find out.
The preconception period continues to gain recognition as an ideal opportunity to optimise the health of the prospective parents. It is well understood that a healthy lifestyle and good nutrition influences the quality of egg and sperm and thereby increases the chances of a successful pregnancy. Likewise, nutritional support is essential during IVF cycles to ensure healthy embryonic development. Recent data from national health surveys indicate that the general population’s nutritional intake is suboptimal and virtually everyone suffers to some extent from deficiencies of essential vitamins, minerals and trace elements.