Men Have A Biological Clock Too


For most women the knowledge of the inevitable ticking of their biological clock is drummed into them from a young age and for the large part, fertility is usually a topic targeted towards them. If we want children, we’re actively encouraged to bear them in our prime (and in fertility terms, that’s before you hit your late 30s). Up until now men haven’t had the same age restrictions, but a fresh wave of research is starting to raise questions.  Read More…

Zinc Supplements Uses, Side Effects & Benefits


Zinc is an important mineral that is found in every single cell of the body. The red and white blood cells, our bones, retina, kidneys, pancreas and liver all store zinc. The tenth most common element in the human body, zinc is vital for the functioning of more than 300 hormones and countless enzyme systems in the body. Zinc is also vital for cells to divide and replicate during the production of new tissues. Most of us assume that we have sufficient zinc from our diet, however there is growing amount of evidence that approximately 20% of the world’s population is deficient in zinc, which equates to one in five of us. This deficiency is irrespective of where you live.

What are the health benefits of zinc?

Whilst zinc is best known for its role in fighting colds and flu, zinc has a wide range of effects on human health. I am going to highlight only some of the important roles of zinc within our bodies, but the list is extensive. Read More…

Should I be taking folic acid?


Q: My husband and I want to start a family. I know folic acid is important but can you clarify why, the amount and when to take it?

Folic acid (vitamin B9) is vital for its role in preventing spina bifida and other neural tube defects, which can limit or seriously impact on a baby’s life.

In 1991, research established that supplementing with 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid daily can reduce the risk of spina bifida (SB ) and other neural tube defects (see below) by up to 72 per cent. New research suggests that adding a daily 2.5mcg (minimum) of vitamin B12 is key to further reducing the risk. Vitamin B12 is essential for cells to take up folic acid, but some 60 per cent of women may not have enough. Read More…

What to eat to beat infertility


Q: Five to ten per cent of women suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal disorder where the ovaries contain many small cysts, which are egg-containing follicles that haven’t developed. PCOS is a leading cause of fertility problems in women, according to the self-help group Verity (

A: In an earlier column, I wrote about PCOS with the advice of women’s health expert Dr Marilyn Glenville (, a registered nutritionist who has treated PCOS for over 30 years. We were thrilled to receive an email from a 34-year-old YOU reader, who had read the column and bought Marilyn’s book Natural Solutions to PCOS (Macmillan, £10.99), and is now pregnant. Here is an edited version of her email: Read More…

How To Cope With Premature Menopause


Q: My girlfriend is 36 and has been told that she is going through premature menopause. Can you tell me what this means and what the implications are?

A: Menopause is the date when women have their last period. The average age for women in the West is 52. Premature or early menopause (also called premature ovarian failure) occurs under the age of 45; five per cent of women are affected, mostly over 30. Read More…

Fertility Worries? Try An MOT


This article has been reproduced by kind permission of The Mail on Sunday YOU Magazine.

It’s wellknown that getting pregnant – and ending up with a healthy baby – becomes much more difficult from the age of 35. But having had three bouncing sons in her 30s with no difficulty, Helen wasn’t prepared for the difficulties she faced after turning 40. ‘After the boys were born, my husband was worried about providing for another baby in the recession, so we hung on. Finally, after 18 months, he agreed to try again but when nearly a year had passed, I was convinced I’d missed my “fertility window”.’ Helen knew the likelihood of conceiving naturally was slender but she ‘just needed to know if I had a chance’. Read More…