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Iodine Deficiency and Infertility:

In a prospective cohort study of 501 women in the United States who had discontinued contraception during the previous two months in order to become pregnant, urinary iodine concentrations were sufficient (100 ug/L or higher) in 55.7%, mildly deficient (50-99 ug/L) in 21.8%, moderately deficient (20-49 ug/L) in 20.8%, and severely deficient (less than 20 ug/L) in 1.7% (total number deficient, 44.3%). Women whose iodine-to-creatinine ratios were below 50 ug/g were 46% less likely to become pregnant in each menstrual cycle then were women with higher ratios (p < 0.03).

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Comment: Thyroid hormone plays a key role in reproduction, and even subtle hypothyroidism can lead to decreased fertility. Adequate iodine intake is essential for normal thyroid function. In this present study, 44.3% of US women trying to become pregnant had suboptimal or low iodine intake, and low iodine status was associated with a decreased probability of becoming pregnant. Dietary iodine intake should therefore be assessed in women planning to become pregnant. The organic micro algae that I recommend in my supplement program is an ideal supplement to address iodine deficiency. 

Other good food sources of iodine include fish, eggs, kelp and other seaweeds. Iodized salt is not a good source of natural iodine and I recommend you avoid it.

Mills JL, et al. Delayed conception in women with low-urinary iodine concentrations: a population-based prospective cohort study (Hum Reprod. 2018;33:426-433).

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Zinc Deficiency and Infertility:

Zinc is required for proper fetal growth and immunity. Plasma zinc levels decline about 30% during pregnancy, and low zinc intake is associated with spontaneous abortion and premature delivery, as well as complications and labor abnormalities. 

Low zinc was also associated with the specific complication of fetal distress, and may be associated with abnormalities in infants, including neural tube defects, as well as low birth weight infants and toxemia of pregnancy.

Supplementation, especially if zinc levels are low, is recommended to reduce the risk of fetal and maternal complications. In one study, complications during labor (vaginal bleeding, fetal acidosis, uterine inertia) were improved. Another study showed a lower incidence of pregnancy-induced hypertension (which is associated with pre-eclampsia and preterm labor). 

Comment: It is always important to supplement with foods high in zinc and never use man made isolated mineral supplements because they are not assimilable. Some food sources of zinc are oysters, beets, broccoli, wheat germ, wheat bran, fish, micro algae, lentils, and watercress. 

“Women’s Health Update". Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients-January 2002 P. 143.

Curcumin Boosts Fertility in Men:

Sperm counts have plunged by half in the last 40 years among American and European men, according to a recent review of scientific studies. In a new double blind study of 56 infertile men, researchers at Iran’s Qazvin University of Medical Sciences found that curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric, can boost sperm counts. Each day for 10 weeks, half of the men took 80 milligrams of curcumin nanomicelle, in which curcumin is better absorbed; the other 28 were given a placebo. The researchers found that the curcumin significantly boosted sperm count and motility (Seattle Awakenings pg. 8).

Stress Lowers Women’s Fertility:

Women that feel highly stressed on a daily basis have a lower ability to conceive, report Boston University School of Medicine researchers. In a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, 4,769 couples that were trying to conceive were followed for a year. Those women with the highest self-reported stress were 13 percent less likely to conceive than women that reported little stress.

Men being under high stress had no effect on conception, but couples were a quarter less likely to conceive if the man’s stress score was low and the women’s was high, which the researchers termed “partner stress discordance.” In North America, about one out of four women and one out of five men of reproductive age report daily psychological stress (Natural Awakenings, January 2019, Pg. 6).

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