The Truth about Antioxidants and Fertility

Can antioxidants help you get pregnant? Let’s find out.

By Mackenzie Pelletier

Antioxidants became popular in the 1990s, when scientists began to understand that free radical damage was linked to cancer and other chronic conditions. Clinical trials began testing the impact of antioxidant supplementation. Scientific studies involving over 100,000 people have tested whether antioxidant supplements can help prevent chronic diseases, and unfortunately most did not find the hoped-for benefits. In this article, we’ll dive into the data on antioxidants for health and fertility.

What are antioxidants?

Antioxidants are organic nutrients that act as a defense mechanism to oxidative stress. Some examples include vitamins, minerals, and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). Antioxidants are found in many foods including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds (more on this later). Antioxidants are also found in supplements like CoQ10, N‐acetyl‐cysteine, melatonin, vitamins A, C and E, folate, myo‐inositol, zinc, and selenium.

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