In the “alphabet soup” of vitamins, vitamin E is a fundamental nutrient required for a healthy body and conception. Natural Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect cells from oxidative stress, which has been linked to higher than average levels of male infertility and female fertility problems.
Vitamin E helps boost the immune system to repel viruses and bacteria, and this nutrient works to repair damage to DNA. In addition to being important for men and women when trying to get pregnant, it relieves PMS (premenstrual syndrome) symptoms, improves the health of your heart, brain and respiratory system. It supports a high-functioning circulatory system, keeping blood vessels wide and preventing blood clotting. Many cells in the body rely on vitamin E to carry out important functions and to interact with each other.
A deficiency in Vitamin E can cause muscle and nerve damage, which can result in loss of feeling in the arms and legs, muscle weakness, lowered body movement control and vision impairment.
Vitamin E is a nutrient found in select foods and is best in natural form. Vitamin E is actually a general term for eight different but related compounds, such as alpha-tocopherol, and each compound has a different potency. Nuts and seeds, broccoli, spinach, mangos and kiwi are high in vitamin E, but most American diets supply less than the recommended daily intake of the vitamin.
Research has shown that low levels of vitamin E can be seen in men with infertility issues. Women who are trying to get pregnant also have a lot to gain by making sure their intake of vitamin E meets the daily standard. So, eating Vitamin-E-rich foods or taking Vitamin E containing fertility supplements is recommended for both men and women when trying to conceive.