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Can nutritional supplements make you more fertile?

Up to 30 Irish couples are to take part in Europe’s first clinical nutritional supplements and whether they can affect fertility.

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DOES WHAT YOU eat affect how fertile you are, and can nutritional supplements affect fertility?

That is what is being looked at in a new trial involving up to 30 Irish couples who have been unable to conceive.

They are going to take part in Europe’s first clinical study on how nutritional supplements can help fertility in both men and women.

The study, which begins before the end of this month, teams up Wexford-based nutritional supplement manufacturers, Pillar Healthcare, and fertility specialists, ReproMed Ireland.

According to Pillar Healthcare, the study “will examine sub-fertility in Irish couples and will attempt to discover why conception has not occurred for them and many others”.

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Pillar Healthcare says that already 12 Irish couples who have taken their nutritional supplement, pre-Conceive, in the last year have gone on to conceive.

Now their trials will be expanded with this new study, which will be overseen by Repromed Director, Declan Keane and his team.

Over the 90-day trial each couple will take pre-Conceive daily – which is on sale already nationwide – and will also follow a healthy lifestyle regime.

Pillar Healthcare’s Matt Ronan said that in 2011, 3,000 children were born with assistance from Irish fertility clinics.

“We have put forward this nutritional approach as a viable option for many people for whom assisted conception is an impossible expense,” he said. “Research clearly indicates the amazing impact that high dose nutritional supplements can have on male and female fertility.”

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