I have always known Vitamin C as the thing you load up on when a cold is on its way. Recently however I have been reading about the importance of getting enough Vitamin C when trying to get pregnant.
Most experts recommend 1,000 mg of Vitamin C a day. And in the case of Vitamin C, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Vitamin C can make your body too acidic, not good for conception, if you get too much so stick with 750 – 1,000mg per day. If you are taking a prenatal vitamin, it is likely to include Vitamin C, yet possibly not enough.
Vitamin C can also be obtained naturally from Cherries, oranges,red and green peppers, lemons, spinach, and strawberries.
Which Vitamin C Supplement to Take:
Supplements that are made from foods instead of synthetically manufactured have a higher absorption rate and are digested better. One option is Vitamin C made from Acerola Cherries–powder or capsules are the easiest to absorb and don’t contain binders.
What Studies Show About Pregnancy & Vitamin C:
(1) According to a study published by Fertility and Sterility “A moderate amount of supplemental vitamin C improves hormone levels and increases fertility in women with luteal phase defect.”
Participants in the study (150 women with luteal phase defect) were given 750mg of vitamin C per day or no treatment at all.
An increase in progesterone levels was found in the group receiving Vitamin C. No change in progesterone was found in the women receiving no treatment.
The pregnancy rate was also significantly higher in the women taking Vitamin C: 25% within six months, while only 11% of the untreated women became pregnant in the same time period.
(2) Researcher Masao Igarashi (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine, Gunma University, Maebishi, Japan) studied forty-two women with differing ovarian problems (either no production of fertile eggs or no menstrual period) who did not respond to Clomid and were given Vitamin C. Of the women, 40% began to ovulate and 21% later became pregnant.
(3) Effect of Ascorbic Acid on Male Fertility by Earl B. Dawson, William A. Harris, William E. Rankin, Leonard A. Charpentier, and William J. McGanity, published in the Third Conference on Vitamin C, July, 1987.
Twenty men who had problems with clumping of sperm that restricts movement (motility) and ten without problems were tested. The thirty men were randomly divided into three groups of ten: one receiving a month’s supply of 1000mg per day of Vitamin C, the second 200mg of Vitamin C, and the third a placebo. Finding showed a substantial improvement in all qualities of sperm for the groups given Vitamin C.