Infertility & Nutrition: What can it deliver?

Food and nutrition have always been linked to fertility and virility. The ancient Romans used beets to help with fertility. Around the time of Napoleon, honey was sacred and used as an aphrodisiac. Zeus, according to the ancient Greeks, is responsible for the creation of the artichoke. After being rejected by a beautiful young woman, the god turned his object of affection into a thorny and difficult thistle.


In the 21st century, we have moved away from this – although we are fond of making jokes about oysters. We have moved from the era of myths and old wives tails to a more scientific, researched society. As we have seen, there is some truth to the old tales. Beets have been shown to increase nitric oxide and in-turn increasing fertility. Oysters are packed full of zinc, an integral component of both sperm and egg cells. Artichokes are an antioxidant rich food.

Over the past 60 years, our nutrient intake as a population has declined. In a recent study by the National Food Survey in the UK, 90% of study participants were deficient in zinc. According to The Centre for Disease and Control’s Assisted Reproductive Technology Report, low levels of zinc have been directly linked to miscarriage in the early stages of a pregnancy, low oestrogen in women, maintaining egg formation and zinc helps to create the sperm cell from top to bottom. As you can see, zinc is an important component to our overall fertility and it is actually involved in over 300 different chemical processes in the body.

What are we getting at?

Our bodies are fuelled by the food we eat. It sustains us, it nourishes us, it provides us with energy and the structural framework of the body. It provides the nutrition and nutrients that creates our hormones, our sperm cells, egg cells and so on. It should be pointed out that even when we examine nutrition’s impact on the overall population, like a recent study from Harvard. Harvard University examined the impact of nutritional and nutrient intake on over 17,000 infertile women. The researchers showed an 80% decrease in infertility standards with the lifestyle and dietary changes.

This is why we developed pre-Conceive. pre-Conceive has been touted as Europe’s most therapeutic nutritional supplement. This was compounded when Pillar Healthcare conducted Europe’s first clinical study into a nutritional supplement.

The lead researchers conclusion stated, “pre-Conceive combined with nutritional advice improves the levels of key fertility and nutritional parameters.” pre-Conceive, which combines 31 key nutrients that have all been shown to improve fertility parameters. The difference – the therapeutic nature of pre-Conceive’s dosages. This is why pre-Conceive was shown to improve sperm count and motility in men and hormonal profiles in women as well as AMH.


If you are trying to conceive, whether through natural methods or through assisted reproduction, examine the possibility of taking nutritional supplements and improving your diet and lifestyle. By doing this, you can make the body more fertile.

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Mark Whitney

Mark Whitney is the Managing Director of Pillar Healthcare. Pillar have developed Europe's most therapeutic nutritional supplement for improving fertility. pre-Conceive has been heralded as "A new hope for couples trying to conceive," and is backed by fertility clinics, embryologists, doctors, pharmacists and more. Mark has worked as a nutritional therapist managing his own clinic and for some of the larger nutritional based companies.