A combination of herbs with detoxifying and liver supportive properties is recommended.
St Mary’s Thistle – St Mary’s Thistle is detoxifying and hepatoprotective. It increases activity of the cytochorome P450 system, has anti-oxidant activity and increases intracellular levels of glutathione. It protects the liver against liver toxins and chronic exposure to heavy metals.
Reishi Mushroom and Burdock – Reishi mushroom, Burdock and Grapeseed protect against the effects of radiation. Reishi is useful in the overproduction of sperm antibodies.
Shiitake Mushroom – Shiitake mushroom improves cellular oxygenation and enhances immunity.
Grapeseed – Grapeseed extract is a rich source of potent anti-oxidants that are readily incorporated in to cell membranes. They are able to increase vitamin C levels and prevent the release and synthesis of inflammatory agents such as histamine, prostaglandins and leukotrienes.
Garlic – Garlic supports immune function and is effective against many bacteria, viruses, fungi and other toxins. It strongly inhibits candida which is often aggravated during pregnancy. Candida can seriously affect fertility and is associated with endometriosis, lowered immunity and poor absorption of nutrients.
Red Clover – Red clover and Burdock are blood cleansing herbs.
Cleavers – Cleavers is a gentle lymphatic stimulant.
Ginger – Ginger is anti-oxidant and improves/optimizes the digestive and circulatory functions and is used to reduce nausea and vomiting.
Globe Artichoke – Globe artichoke has anti-oxidant properties, increases bile secretion, relieves nausea, abdominal pain and other digestive symptoms.
Ideally both partners need to enjoy a period of at least 4 months of optimum health before conceiving. The formation of sperm may take up to 116 days, and immature eggs take approximately 100 days to mature before released for ovation. Given these cycles – 4 months is essential for the health of your sperm and eggs to be at their best.
A number of foetal abnormalities and childhood developmental problems have been found to be related to nutritional deficiencies before and during pregnancy.