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Could What You Are Eating Be Making Your Eggs Old?

Egg Health

Have you ever considered that what you are eating may be aging you faster and therefore leading to poor quality eggs and the diagnosis of “OLD EGGS” – making your eggs old?

I have talked to so many distraught women who have been told their eggs are too old for conception.  Some of these women are in their 40’s and some are still in their 30’s while some are just in their 20’s!  Many of these women go on to conceive with their own eggs and give birth to healthy babies despite this poor outlook.  Those who do make some changes to their diet and lifestyles and followed them religiously for a minimum of a year.

One substance has been on the research radar for years.  It’s been linked to tooth decay, acne, diabetes, weight gain, poor immunity, ADD (attention deficit disorder), hyperactivity and aggression, cancer proliferation and now aging!  SUGAR!

Sugar causes you to age and lowers your egg quality

What is glycation and what’s it got to do with your cells?  From diabetic research we have learned that when you consume sugar (glucose) – there is a chemical that takes place between sugar molecules and your fat and protein Sugar and eggsmolecules.  As this reaction is not controlled by the enzymes and does not take place in designated areas of the cell where the sugar molecule can be put to good use -but it happens all over the cell, this cell is no longer able to function properly.  This leads to poor intake of oxygen, water and nutrients and lowered ability to expel toxic substances and free radicals.  Consequently this ca lead to DNA damage and death of the cell.

This process is called glycation and like anything in the body it too creates so called ‘end products’.  The end products of glycation are called Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs) and their effect on the tissue is making protein fibers stiff and malformed.  So not only do your cells become stiff and start to malfunction but these end products also act as free radicals speeding up the aging process.

This takes place wherever you have protein and fat cells – EGGS!

A study published in Human Reproduction linked the formation of AGEs to DNA damage in the eggs, lower fertilization rates, poor follicular and embryonic development and lower pregnancy rates IRRESPECTIVE of age!  Which offers one explanation why many women are diagnosed with “old eggs” even in their 30’s!  This negative effect on the egg quality and age is especially pronounced in women with PCOS and diabetes.

Eggs need to be plump, with soft zona pellucida (so that sperm can easily penetrate it).  Hardening of the zona pellucida (the outer shell of the egg) gives the eggs a shriveled and old appearance and makes it very difficult for the sperm to penetrate it.  This is when your RE will stay away from your eggs due to high risk of chromosomal damage and poor egg division due to the DNA damage.

Don’t despair!  there is an all natural solution for old eggs!

The good news is old glycated collagen (which causes wrinkles ad shriveled hard eggs) will eventually be eliminated, recycled and reused for new collagen formation.  So now, be sure you are not bombarding your cells with SUGAR!

Sugar comes in many shape and forms and is virtually unavoidable.  Vegetables, fruit and whole grains all contain sugar.  But there is good and bad sugar:  Hi GI and Low GI variety.

  • High-fructose corn syrup – increases the rate of gyration by 10 times!
  • White sugar
  • Simple carbs (white bread, white rice, white pasta)

If you want to turn back the clock on your eggs and speed up the recycling of the collagen fibers, your new best friend is GREEN TEA!

Green tea stimulates collagen synthesis ad interferes with glycation and formation of AGEs!  Make sure you drink the organic variety as pesticides are villains worthy of a whole article themselves.

So, read labels, avoid refined carbs, drink organic green tea – your eggs may miraculously become younger again after at least four months!  Be mindful that sugar is not the only contributor to old eggs.  Coffee, radiation, chemicals, stress, etc. all play a role so following a full egg rejuvenation program will be helpful.

For help with improving the quality of your egg health, you can contact us below.  You can also schedule a complimentary consult by using the button at the top of the site.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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