Clinical Nutrition is the use of Nutritional Supplements and Natural Health Products at pharmaceutical doses, which have had external testing done to check for contamination and correct dosing. Clinical nutrition can be used to help treat a variety of conditions while trying to minimize side effects. The benefit of seeing a Naturopathic Doctor is that they are trained to determine correct potencies, extracts, and formulations which can actually have a positive impact. Unfortunately, many of the Natural Health Products found over the counter on store shelves are very low in potency, do not use the correct extract procedure, or do not have the optimal formulation/prescription to treat specific conditions.
When prescribed and used correctly, Nutritional Supplements can support the treatment of various health concerns. A Naturopathic Doctor can help identify the Vitamins, Minerals, Enzymes, and other Nutrients that would best benefit you and your health concern and design a Prescribed Formula specific for you and have it compounded from a nearby pharmacy. Alternatively, a Naturopathic Doctor can prescribe a Product from a line of predesigned and tested formulations that may not be available without a prescription or help you identify the correct product for you which can be found and purchased in the market without a prescription.
Clinical Nutrition can be used specifically as Preconception Nutrition to treat both the Female and Male partners or donors (of eggs or sperm) to help improve the quality and health of both eggs and sperm. It can also help prevent nutritional deficiencies that normally occur during Pregnancy, that may help to improve the health of the Child and Mother and prevent specific complications which may occur during birth or later in life. The importance of therapeutic nutrition prior to and during pregnancy is extremely important for proper Child development and optimum health for the Mother.
Research suggests that the use of Preconception Nutritional Counseling and Treatment is beneficial in preparing the Mother for a healthy pregnancy and to help identify key risk factors such as, nutritional deficiencies, environmental exposures, and unhealthy habits, to help prevent health complications during and after pregnancy. Proper use of nutritional supplements and dietary interventions prescribed on individual Patient requirements and Preconception Nutritional Counseling can increase infant birth weight, improve Pregnancy Outcomes, and support positive behavioural change in Patients [1,2,3].
Frequently Asked Questions
I already eat a very healthy diet, can Preconception Nutrition still benefit my health and fertility?
Clinical Nutrition is the Science of using nutrients in very high doses, which cannot be physiologically achieved from just a healthy diet alone. When certain Vitamins and Mineral, or other nutrients, are provided at these high doses, they have medicinal effects that cannot be observed from lower physiological doses (those we get from just a healthy diet). Using the correct nutrient in the right dose for the right amount of time can have a very big impact on your health and fertility. A simple example of this is the use of CoenzymeQ10 to improve sperm and ovary health, the benefits are only observed when given in higher doses from trustworthy products and used for the right amount of time. Using a subpar quality product, the incorrect dose, or for the incorrect amount of time will show minimal to no benefit.
1. Temel, S., Voorst, S., Jack, B., Denktas, S., & Steegers, E. (2013). Evidence-Based Preconceptional Lifestyle Interventions: Special Issue on the Epidemiologic Approaches to Women’s Health, 36(1), 19-30.
2. Lassi, Z. S., Imam, A. M., Dean, S. V., & Bhutta, Z. A. (2014). Preconception care: Caffeine, smoking, alcohol, drugs and other environmental chemical/radiation exposure. Reproductive Health Reprod Health, 11(Suppl 3).
3. Korenbrot, C., Steinberg, A., Bender, C., & Newberry, S. (2002). Preconception care: A systematic review. Mater Child Health, 6(2), 75-88.