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  • Writer's pictureDr. H. Singh, ND

Improved Egg Quality for IVF with One Nutrient


fertility, egg quality, DOR, nutrition

Struggling with infertility can be an incredibly challenging journey for Patients, and the journey can be filled with valuable questions. One of the most common questions I hear during consultations is "How can I improve egg quality?"  For those dealing with diminished ovarian reserve (DOR) this question is even more crucial to consider, especially since the road to a successful fertility journey can become more daunting.


We often discuss wholistic approaches to supporting fertility and among these approaches we often talk about nutrition. Early research looking at a potentized extract of flax seed oil seems to show beneficial impacts on supporting egg quality.


One of the key findings of early research is the positive impact the flax seed oil extract had on M2 oocyte rates. M2 oocytes (mature follicles) are crucial for producing high-quality embryos, but they tend to decline with age. However, individuals undergoing fertility treatments who received the flax seed oil extract experienced a significant improvement in M2 oocyte rates.


Moreover, patients treated with potentized flax seed extract showcased several notable benefits during IVF treatments. They required fewer days of stimulation, lower doses of stimulation medications, exhibited improved sex hormone levels, and demonstrated a higher blastocyst formation rate. These findings offer hope to those struggling with infertility, suggesting that flax seed oil extract could play a pivotal role in optimizing fertility treatment outcomes.


The mechanisms behind these observed benefits are multifaceted:

  1. Supporting Ovarian Function: Flax seed oil extract may boost the production of arachidonic acid in the ovaries, thereby promoting healthy production of prostaglandins, sex hormones, and follicle maturation, essential components for supporting fertility

  2. Antioxidant Properties: The increased antioxidant activity of flax seed oil extract, derived from increased Omega 3 production, can help combat reactive oxygen species and alleviate oxidative stress, factors known to adversely affect fertility.

  3. Omega-3 Enrichment: Flax seed oil may increase the production of specific Omega-3 fatty acids, which may contribute to reduced embryo fragmentation

  4. Enhanced Growth Factors: Flax seed oil extract may stimulate the production of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) in the ovaries, potentially improving fertilization rates and embryonic development


While the potential benefits of potentized flax seed oil extract are promising, it's essential to approach supplementation with caution. Consulting your Naturopathic Doctor is crucial to assess safety, potential interactions with medications, contraindications with existing health conditions, and determining an appropriate and effective dosage.


In conclusion, for Patients navigating the complexities of infertility, the fertility benefits of potentized flax seed oil extract should be considered as a part of a comprehensive treatment protocol. While more research is needed to fully understand its mechanisms and confirm efficacy, early findings suggest that integrating flax seed oil extract into fertility treatment could be beneficial. Empowered with knowledge and guidance from healthcare professionals, Patients can explore evidence-based nutritional support for fertility as they embark on their journey towards parenthood.


This article is being shared as educational content and is in no way a replacement for medical advice or medical care, it is advised that anyone concerned about their Health should speak with their Naturopathic Doctor. Please discuss with your healthcare provider and only make changes to your medications regimen if recommended by your doctor and under their guidance and supervision.

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