All about fertility

In today's times where there is a built up of stress and when couples choose to put their careers ahead and delay starting their families, we have seen a rise in fertility-related problems. It is can be stressful for a couple trying to conceive,  to realise that their efforts are in vain. The truth is that fertility starts declining in men and women much sooner than they think. If you think you can rely on fertility drugs to conceive, think again. Doing so would be grossly overestimating their efficiency.

So what is the cause of infertility? Genetic factors and a multitude of diseases could have an adverse effect on reproductive health. The primary causes of infertility lies in poor lifestyle choices. Smoking, excessive body weight, food additives, pesticides, medication, drugs, and radiation have proven to take a toll on both males and females when it comes to reproduction. Research further adds that nutrition, stress and environmental toxin exposure has an effect on your health and fertility. They also go on to influence the health and development of your baby once you are pregnant.

Men take up half of the equation when a couple is trying to get pregnant therefore making it important to address the issues men face as well. Prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate) or mumps (which leads to swollen testicles) may be a cause of infertility. Also, certain medication could cause the quality or quantity of sperm and cause male fertility problems. The use of anabolic steroids by bodybuilders tends to reduce sperm count. Necessary precautions should be taken so as not to affect your ability to father a child.

So how can we reverse infertility? No treatment will work on its own, a variety of steps have to be taken to boost your chances of having children. Nutrition is the most important first step. The right nutrition ensures that the body is healthy enough to sustain pregnancy for women and boost the sperm count in men. There should be sufficient proteins for the necessary production of hormones.

Making changes to your lifestyle will bring about significant changes. Kick bad habits such as smoking, drug use and high caffeine intake which can severely impair fertility. Get sufficient sleep and exercise and keep stress levels in check. Doing so, puts your body in an equilibrium which is vital for fertility.

But before anything else, remember to eat healthily, avoid stress, and include some light exercise in your daily routine! (Please note: "Good" cholesterol is necessary for hormone production. Avoid eating a ‘low-fat’ diet and make sure to eat a diet that includes whole fat animal products sourced from grass-fed animals. Foods that are rich in clean cholesterol: grass-fed beef, milk from grass-fed cows or goats, whole milk yogurt , free-range/pastured eggs, butter from grass-fed milk and also organic coconut oil.)

Although diet and lifestyle make for a good start to reverse infertility, some people aid this with natural supplementation and herbs.  Maca and Catuaba are two such supplementations that assist in enhancing fertility in both men and women.

Some people say they simply don't like taking supplements: However, they can definitely make a big difference to your fertility. 

So although this will sound like sales talk, now is a good time to get in the habit of spending a few seconds each morning to take some supplements that will definitely improve your general well-being, as well as improve your skin, hair, eyes, and boost your immunity! Also, once you are pregnant, you will definitely be ordered by your doctor to take iron, omega 3 and multivitamins etc as these are essential to your baby's proper development while in the womb!

Firstly, I recommend you both take Catuaba or Maca
Catuaba and Maca are two traditional herbal remedies from South America that have been used for centuries to increase fertility and libido in both men and women, as well as improving your mood and reducing stress, an importat factor in conception.
For men in particular, scientific studies have shown it helps improve both the mobility and motility of sperm.

In women, Maca works by controlling estrogen in the body. Estrogen levels that are high or low at the wrong time can keep a woman from becoming pregnant or keep her from carrying to term. Excess estrogen levels also cause progesterone levels to become too low. Taking maca may help to increase the progesterone levels which are essential to carrying a healthy pregnancy.

Estrogen in men produces erectile dysfunction or lack of libido, low sperm count, and lowered production of seminal fluid. Studies have shown that men who use maca experience an increased libido and an increase in sperm health.

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Your hubby should also take
a) High Potency multivitamin without iron
b) Omega 3, eg salmon oil

You should also take
a) multivitamin with iron
) Essential fatty acids or Omega oils:
EFA’s are important for hormone production. Many women are low in EFA’s, especially Omega-3 which usually comes from fish. Flaxseed oil is also helpful for balancing your hormones. &

FYI: Vitamins and supplements that help promote female fertility include:

Vitamin C: Vitamin C improves hormone levels and increases fertility in women. The body requires food sources of vitamin C for proper iron absorption, so be sure to eat a food high in vitamin C when consuming a food high in iron.

B Vitamins: Green vegetables are rich in B vitamins which are necessary for proper hormonal balance.

Zinc: This is just one of the minerals that the body uses to keep hormone levels (like estrogen, progesterone and testosterone) levels stable throughout the entire menstrual cycle. It is especially important during stage 2 and 4 of a woman’s cycle. Also, your body needs a certain amount of zinc to produce mature eggs that are ripe for fertilization.

Iron deficiency can reduce your chances of conceiving by 60%! Another important factor when looking at using an iron supplement is to make sure that you include synergistic nutrients that are necessary for iron absorption and utilization. These nutrients are B12, Folate (folic acid) and vitamin C.

While we have all of these supplements available individually, you can get all of the above in one convenient tablet, from our "Century Formula multivitamins with Iron"

When taking the above supplements, it is important not to consume them with fertility drugs, hormone treatments, or hormone birth control. A doctor or healthcare professional should be consulted before starting any form of medication. Once you are pregnant, ask your doctor's advice on which supplements are suitable and safe for you and your unborn child.

Dealing with infertility can be agonizing. A good diet and nutrition is beneficial for overall health and aids the body in conceiving and carrying a healthy baby. Couples should definitely consider this natural ways to promote fertility before opting for medical treatments. You will be surprised with the results!




What is it?

This hormone balancing herb is known worldwide for its fertility and vitality promoting properties. Works for both men and women. Women should however only take this between menses and ovulation and stop taking it during pregnancy. This potent herb has considerable effects on fertility.

Widely-used, this Brazilian herbal medicine has aphrodisiac qualities that help to boost your libido.

How it works?

Containing 31 different minerals and 60 types of phytonutrients, it is a nourishing food for the endocrine system. It aids the pituitary, adrenal and thyroid glands, ultimately helping in hormonal balance.


A group of 9 men were given gelatinized maca for 4 months at 1,500 – 3,000 mg a day. The results showed an increase in libido, sperm count, mobillity of sperm, increased DHEA levels, decreased anxiety and stress, lowered blood pressure, balanced iron levels and an increase in adrenal androgens.

It works as a stimulant as it contains specific alkaloids believed to support a healthy libido. Some catuaba also contain yohimbine which is another type of natural aphrodisiac. Men, as well as women stand to benefit from the properties of catuaba.