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    Fertility Supplement Looks Promising

    Unlike Other Fertility Treatments, No Risk of Multiple Births
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    Nov. 24, 2003 -- FertilityBlend -- a mixture of herbs, vitamins, and minerals -- looks promising to help women get pregnant without the risk of multiple births.

    FertilityBlend is already available in Europe. Studies there on the main ingredient, chasteberry, have suggested that it helps restore the balance of hormone levels -- progesterone, specifically -- and improve fertility, writes lead researcher Lynn M. Westphal, MD, with the gynecology/obstetrics department at Stanford University School of Medicine. She presented results of the study at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association.

    The researchers cite several studies linking the components of FertilityBlend to an improvement in fertility.

    This new fertility blend includes:

    • Chasteberry -- an herb shown to restore progesterone balance and increase pregnancy rates in European studies
    • Folic acid -- a vitamin that helps prevent birth defects
    • Green tea and vitamin E -- antioxidants that may promote reproductive wellness by counteracting damage to eggs and reproductive organs from caffeine, drugs, and alcohol
    • L-arginine -- an amino acid that helps improve circulation to the reproductive organs, which may enhance egg development and embryo implantation
    • Vitamins B-6 and B-12, iron, magnesium, selenium, and zinc -- which have been shown to improve female fertility.

    Unlike fertility drugs, FertilityBlend decreases the risk of multiple fetuses, writes Westphal.

    "FertilityBlend may enhance reproductive health as an integral part of an overall healthy lifestyle," she says in a news release. "This seems to be a very reasonable alternative, and I would recommend it to my patients."

    One of the study's researchers is the director of research and development of The Daily Wellness Co., which manufactures FertilityBlend.

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