Summary: Taking Geritol Complete to help you become pregnant may help and certainly won’t hurt. However, the first step should be to adopt a natural eating style which completely avoids processed foods and embraces fats which are essential for many cell functions in you and your babies body.
Dear Curtis: I have been reading in online forums recently that taking Geritol Complete may help me get pregnant easier. My husband and I have only been trying to get pregnant a few months so I’m not real worried. But I thought if there was anything that might help the process maybe it’s worth a shot?
The idea of using nutrition as a way to improve the chances (and even timing) of getting pregnant has been around for a long time. Weston A. Price, an old-school dentist, traveled the world back in the early part of the century and observed that many native tribes used particular foods and pre-pregnancy diets as a way to time and encourage pregnancy. In fact, in some cases even the males used certain diets.
With that being said, I think it’s definitely not out of the realm of possibility to think that a multivitamin might help in that regard.
I have to say, though, that there is no good evidence to suggest that any particular brand of multivitamin may give any advantages over another. And there is certainly no real proof or scientific evidence that I can find that would suggest that Geritol Complete is special in this regard.
A Closer Look at Geritol Complete
When looking at Geritol Complete’s label there are a couple of things I like, as well as some things I don’t.
First, it has a good amount of Vitamin A (in the form of Beta Carotene). Beta Carotene is good because it’s the raw form of Vitamin A which your body can utilize as it needs it. It also has 400 IU of Vitamin D. Nothing tremendous there. If you are getting ample sun exposure and live in the right latitude (i.e., not too far north or during winter months) this is a good supplement amount. If you aren’t getting good sun exposure I’d like to see more Vitamin D intake.
Price found that native tribes who practiced ‘pre-pregnancy’ nutrition with success had ample amounts of these vitamins present.
One thing you’ll notice is that it only has 380 micrograms of Folic Acid. It wouldn’t hurt to have more. Folic acid becomes particularly important during a fetus development as a way of avoid certain birth defects.
Of course, my personal recommendation is to, first and foremost, make sure your diet is up to par before worrying about any sort of vitamins or supplements to help.
Check out my healthy eating section for more guidance. But, as general guidelines, focus on:
- Cutting out processed foods. This includes grains, flour, pastry’s and the like. My motto is if man made it; try to avoid it. Eat a diet rich in grass fed meats, seafood, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds.
- Don’t be afraid of fats. Weston Price, the dentist referred to above, noticed that many of the ‘pre-conception’ diets of the tribes he looked at were very fat-rich. Butter, natural, unprocessed dairy and the like. Fats, contrary to a lot of popular mainstream wisdom, are essential for proper cell building and function.
- Once you have a good, solid natural eating style then consider supplementing with a multivitamin. I think it would be perfectly acceptable to use Geritol Complete. I just don’t think it’s a cure-all. No multivitamin would be.