Can you increase egg count naturally? | Nourish with Melanie #95

Can you increase egg count naturally? | Nourish with Melanie #95


We can’t make new eggs. Women are born with all of the eggs that we’re ever going to have, and every month, we lose some more. But, before you give up all hope, research
does show that our nutrition is linked to our egg count, so even though we can’t increase
our egg count, we MAY be able to slow the rate of reducing it. Interested? Stay tuned and I’ll explain! There’s not a lot of research linking nutrition
directly to our egg count. Most of the research looks at indicators of
our ovarian reserve such as the levels of our AMH or Anti-Mullerian hormone. But there are a few studies….. The best research that I’ve found linking
egg count to nutrition focuses on our zinc to copper ratios. And, this makes sense as zinc to copper ratios
have also been associated with cell aging. So, what does this mean in terms of our nutrition? Firstly, ask your doctor to check your zinc
to copper ratio with a blood test. Then make sure that you’re not getting excess
copper from copper pipes or cooking pots. Next, choose foods which contain more zinc
than copper… oysters, brazil nuts and tofu are all great choices. Although far from proven, a link between vitamin
D and egg count keeps popping up in the research as well. And, we know that this has lots of other health
benefits, so if your egg count is low, I definitely believe that it’s worth checking your vitamin
D levels, and ensuring that they are maintained within a healthy range. Thirdly, there is suggestion that antioxidants
play an important role in maintaining healthy follicles and egg count. Antioxidants showing promising results include
a-tocopherol, retinol and ascorbic acid. Alpha-tocopherol or vitamin E is best found
in nuts and seeds, and healthy oils; retinol or vitamin A is best found in salmon and eggs….and
ascorbic acid, or vitamin C, is best found in fruit and veg. The last dietary factor to consider is your
soy intake. Some studies have shown that soy foods decrease
Follicle-Stimulating Hormone, which is hopeful as higher levels of FSH have been associated
with lower egg count. But, unfortunately, this hasn’t been consistent
across all studies, so it’s far from a guaranteed solution. If you have a low egg count, the best thing
to do is to optimise your egg health and try to conceive sooner rather than later. You may like to check out my videos on improving
egg health. Having a low egg count can be stressful, but
just remember, you only need one egg to make a baby. You may also like to download my free fertility
meal plan to help you optimise your fertility diet Just go to www.melaniemcgrice.com/fertility
and make sure you subscribe so that you receive my weekly videos. I look forward to seeing you in my next video!

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