Inflammation – Published research tells us inflammation is responsible for infertility in up to 30% of women in the US.
So what exactly is inflammation & how can it affect your chances of pregnancy?
Inflammation is the human body’s natural reaction to injury, infection or illness. However, prolonged inflammation can lead to several conditions that may negatively impact your ability to conceive. They include endometriosis, PCOS, implantation failure and frequent miscarriage. Moreover, elevated inflammation and oxidative stress may negatively affect egg quality and reproductive organ health, reducing fertilization and conception rates. To make matters worse, chronic inflammation can cause severe uterine lining dysfunction. It can compromise your uterine lining’s ability to facilitate egg implantation thus putting a stop to further embryo development and increasing the probability of pregnancy loss.
Omega-3 – The Key To Counter Chronic Inflammation & Boosting Fertility
There are 2 types of essential fatty acids (EFAs), omega-3 and omega-6. Both are essential to our health. Omega-6 fats facilitate a pro-inflammatory response, while omega-3s have an anti-inflammatory response.
Vital Health Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids:
How Much Do You Need?
It is crucial to maintain a 3:1 ratio between the two. This balance is important to prevent prolonged inflammation and more importantly to maintain your fertility. Most Americans suffer from an omega-3 deficiency due to excessive omega-6 in the diet, leaving them prone to chronic inflammation, which negatively impacts your fertility and eventually may decrease your chances to conceive.
The Easiest Ways to boost your omega-3 intake