Antioxidants lead to fertility problems part II

New research has revealed a possible unexpected side effect of antioxidants: They might cause fertility problems in females.

… The results showed hydrogen peroxide fully mimicked the effect of the ovulation-inducing hormone. This implies that reactive oxygen species that are produced in response to luteinizing hormone serve, in turn, as mediators for this physiological stimulus leading to ovulation.

Among other things, these results help fill in a picture that has begun to emerge in recent years of fertility and conception, in which it appears that these processes share a number of common mechanisms with inflammation.

It makes sense, says Dekel, that substances which prevent inflammation in other parts of the body might also get in the way of normal ovulation, and so more caution should be taken when administering such substances.

Much of Dekel’s research has focused on fertility — her previous results are already helping some women become pregnant. Ironically, the new study has implications for those seeking the opposite effect. Dekel: ‘On the one hand, these findings could prove useful to women who are having trouble getting pregnant. On the other, further studies might show that certain antioxidants might be effective means of birth control that could be safer than today’s hormone-based prevention.’

The study was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PNAS) .
Read more: Antioxidants lead to fertility problems – The Times of India
Debbie’s response:

I understand the concept of this article and more research would have to be revealed. That being said, when I have worked with women that have fertility problems it is not that I have them take multiple anti-oxidants, instead it is more beneficial to provide specific supplements to detoxify the toxic estrogens. These pseudo estrogens have overloaded the body and over burdened the liver to create an imbalance in hormone levels making it more difficult to become pregnant.

This study focuses on only one aspect instead of a whole body approach to balancing hormones, which includes the proper diet and supplements specifically designed for each individual.
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