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MELLOW MAGNESIUM This mineral is thought to keep the fallopian tubes relaxed, facilitating the travel of sperm to meet egg. In IVF, it can calm the uterus to encourage implantation. Dean suggests getting 750 milligrams daily. The mineral is also found in seaweed, cacao, leafy greens, nuts and seeds.
Try: Natural Calm Magnesium Citrate ($23 for 16 ounces; calmnatural.com)
SOMETHING FISHY Holistic nutritionist Sally Kravich, M.S., CNHP, recommends fish oil (800- plus milligrams EPA and 500-plus milligrams DHA per day) to balance your hormones and encourage healthy fetal brain development.
Try: Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega ($60 for 180 softgels; vitaminshoppe.com)
HELPFUL HERBS Chinese herbs are often used in conjunction with acupuncture to address elevated follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) levels, repeat miscarriage, unexplained infertility and PCOS, says Oakland, Calif.- based acupuncturist and herbalist Zoe Cohen, L.Ac. Multicomponent formulas are generally tailored for each patient based on her diagnosis. Cohen cautions that herbs can be deceptively powerful and may interact with fertility drugs, so be sure to see a licensed herbalist experienced in treating infertility.
BLEND IN A BOTTLE Not ready to jump head-first into Chinese herbs? Stanford University School of Medicine researchers found that FertilityBlend, a combination of prenatal vitamins and fertility-enhancing herbs, increases the chances of conceiving. (FertilityBlend for Men boosts sperm count.)
Try: FertilityBlend for Women ($30 for 90 capsules; fertilityblend.com)