12 min read
11 Body Systems: How to support your Reproductive System
The 11 Body Systems are a collection of organ systems made up of parts that are able to work together to serve a common purpose – growth, reproduction and survival.
Each part of a system depends on the other parts to perform tasks that can’t be achieved by single parts acting alone and help to improve our chances of survival by maintaining a stable internal body environment.
This stable environment is known as homeostasis. Our series, 11 Body Systems goes into depth about each body system and how it relates to the rest of the body.
Read more about the 11 Body Systems with these two blogs...
Why are the reproductive systems important?
The reproductive system allows for sexual reproduction. In humans, the sex-based differences allow for binary reproduction which helps to contribute to genetic mixing which in turn aids genetic fitness of the offspring.
What are they made up of?
The organs of the reproductive system include the genitalia (penis and vulva) and other organs like the testes (male) and ovaries (female).
Reproductive supporting ingredients in Good Green Vitality
The health of the reproductive system is dependent on the health of the inter-related systems of the body, so, a diet that is rich in nutrients, and specific nutrients that support other organ systems will aid the health of the reproductive system.
There are also some specific ingredients for which there is evidence that they directly support aspects of the human reproductive system.
Preliminary evidence suggests that grapeseed extracts might help us to balance hormones by acting as an aromatase inhibitor. (195)
There are many purported benefits to overall health from the traditional use of Cocoa and Cocoa-containing foods and drinks and these include benefits to the cardiovascular, nervous, respiratory, and reproductive systems. (227, 228)
The active compounds in ashwagandha are thought to benefit immunity, offer cognitive and mood benefits, reduce anxiety and stress and it also shows promise for the improvement of fertility in both men and women. (256)(257)(258, 259)
The current scientific evidence suggests that ginger can help to reduce menstrual irregularities, (350, 351) as well as being an antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory. (352, 353)
Read more about the 11 Body Systems with these two blogs:
- Wiseman EM, Bar-El Dadon S, Reifen R. The vicious cycle of vitamin a deficiency: A review. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. 2017;57(17):3703-14.
- Cruz S, da Cruz SP, Ramalho A. Impact of Vitamin A Supplementation on Pregnant Women and on Women Who Have Just Given Birth: A Systematic Review. Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 2018;37(3):243-50.
- Song P, Wang J, Wei W, Chang X, Wang M, An L. The Prevalence of Vitamin A Deficiency in Chinese Children: A Systematic Review and Bayesian Meta-Analysis. Nutrients. 2017;9(12).
- University of Otago and Ministry of Health. A Focus on Nutrition: Key findings of the 2008/09 New Zealand Adult Nutrition Survey. Wellington; 2011.
- Ashoori M, Saedisomeolia A. Riboflavin (vitamin B2) and oxidative stress: a review. British Journal of Nutrition. 2014;111(11):1985-91.
- Naghashpour M, Jafarirad S, Amani R, Sarkaki A, Saedisomeolia A. Update on riboflavin and multiple sclerosis: a systematic review. Iranian journal of basic medical sciences. 2017;20(9):958-66.
- Thompson DF, Saluja HS. Prophylaxis of migraine headaches with riboflavin: A systematic review. Journal of clinical pharmacy and therapeutics. 2017;42(4):394-403.
- Arora J, Jeon M, Marvasti Y, Holz E, Yuvaraj S, Morris L, et al. 133 the effectiveness of riboflavin (vitamin b2) in preventing migraine episodes in the paediatric population: a comprehensive review. Journal of Investigative Medicine. 2018;66(1):A121.
- Mendel RW, Blegen M, Cheatham C, Antonio J, Ziegenfuss T. Effects of creatine on thermoregulatory responses while exercising in the heat. Nutrition. 2005;21.
- Wang JY WY, Liu SJ, Lin YS, Lu PH. Vitamin B12 for herpetic neuralgia: a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 2018;41:277-82.
- Goodman BP, Chong BW, Patel AC, Fletcher GP, Smith BE. Copper Deficiency Myeloneuropathy Resembling B12 Deficiency: Partial Resolution of MR Imaging Findings with Copper Supplementation. American Journal of Neuroradiology. 2006;27(10):2112.
- Rosanoff A, Weaver CM, Rude RK. Suboptimal magnesium status in the United States: are the health consequences underestimated? Nutrition reviews. 2012;70(3):153-64.
- Boyle NB, Lawton C, Dye L. The Effects of Magnesium Supplementation on Subjective Anxiety and Stress—A Systematic Review. Nutrients. 2017;9(5):429.
- Lai J, Moxey A, Nowak G, Vashum K, Bailey K, McEvoy M. The efficacy of zinc supplementation in depression: Systematic review of randomised controlled trials. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2012;136(1):e31-e9.
- Hellhammer J, Fries E, Buss C, Engert V, Tuch A, Rutenberg D, et al. Effects of soy lecithin phosphatidic acid and phosphatidylserine complex (PAS) on the endocrine and psychological responses to mental stress. Stress (Amsterdam, Netherlands). 2004;7(2):119-26.
- Lamport DJ, Dye L, Wightman JD, Lawton CL. The effects of flavonoid and other polyphenol consumption on cognitive performance: a systematic research review of human experimental and epidemiological studies. Nutrition and Aging. 2012;1(1):5-25.
- Patel S, Mathan JJ, Vaghefi E, Braakhuis AJ. The effect of flavonoids on visual function in patients with glaucoma or ocular hypertension: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology. 2015;253(11):1841-50.
- Namal Senanayake SPJ. Green tea extract: Chemistry, antioxidant properties and food applications – A review. Journal of Functional Foods. 2013;5(4):1529-41.
- Mancini E, Beglinger C, Drewe J, Zanchi D, Lang UE, Borgwardt S. Green tea effects on cognition, mood and human brain function: A systematic review. Phytomedicine. 2017;34:26-37.
- Shergis J, Zhang T, Zhou W, Xue C. P04.27. Panax ginseng in randomized controlled trials: a systematic review. BMC complementary and alternative medicine. 2012;12(1):P297.
- Araujo QRD, Gattward JN, Almoosawi S, Parada Costa Silva MdGC, Dantas PADS, Araujo Júnior QRD. Cocoa and Human Health: From Head to Foot—A Review. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. 2016;56(1):1-12.
- Martín MÁ, Ramos S. Health beneficial effects of cocoa phenolic compounds: a mini-review. Current Opinion in Food Science. 2017;14:20-5.
- Smith DF. Benefits of flavanol-rich cocoa-derived products for mental well-being: A review. Journal of Functional Foods. 2013;5(1):10-5.
- Gohil KJ, Patel JA, Gajjar AK. Pharmacological Review on Centella asiatica: A Potential Herbal Cure-all. Indian journal of pharmaceutical sciences. 2010;72(5):546-56.
- Jamil SS, Nizami Q, Salam M. Centella asiatica (Linn.) Urban—a review. 2007.
- Arora D, Kumar M, Dubey S. Centella asiatica-A Review of it's Medicinal Uses and Pharmacological Effects. Journal of Natural remedies. 2002;2(2):143-9.
- Puttarak P, Dilokthornsakul P, Saokaew S, Dhippayom T, Kongkaew C, Sruamsiri R, et al. Effects of Centella asiatica (L.) Urb. on cognitive function and mood related outcomes: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Scientific Reports. 2017;7(1):10646.
- Hung SK, Perry R, Ernst E. The effectiveness and efficacy of Rhodiola rosea L.: A systematic review of randomized clinical trials. Phytomedicine. 2011;18(4):235-44.
- Anghelescu I-G, Edwards D, Seifritz E, Kasper S. Stress management and the role of Rhodiola rosea: a review. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice. 2018;22(4):242-52.
- Tiwari R, Chakraborty S, Saminathan M, Dhama K, Singh SV. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera): Role in safeguarding health, immunomodulatory effects, combating infections and therapeutic applications: A review. J Biol Sci. 2014;14(2):77-94.
- A. PM, B. NK, Virginia Y, P. MC. An Alternative Treatment for Anxiety: A Systematic Review of Human Trial Results Reported for the Ayurvedic Herb Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2014;20(12):901-8.
- de Sousa CNS, da Silva Leite CMG, da Silva Medeiros I, Vasconcelos LC, Cabral LM, Patrocínio CFV, et al. Alpha-lipoic acid in the treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders: a systematic review. Metabolic brain disease. 2019;34(1):39-52.
- Tierney A, Annois B, Itsiopoulos C, Cutajar J, Marx W, Kelly JT, et al. Effect of resveratrol supplementation on cognitive performance and mood in adults: a systematic literature review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Nutrition reviews. 2018;76(6):432-43.
- Young AJ, Johnson S, Steffens DC, Doraiswamy PM. Coenzyme Q10: A Review of Its Promise as a Neuroprotectant. CNS Spectrums. 2007;12(1):62-8.
- Zhai J, Bo Y, Lu Y, Liu C, Zhang L. Effects of Coenzyme Q10 on Markers of Inflammation: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PloS one. 2017;12(1):e0170172.
- Fan L, Feng Y, Chen G-C, Qin L-Q, Fu C-l, Chen L-H. Effects of coenzyme Q10 supplementation on inflammatory markers: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Pharmacological Research. 2017;119:128-36.
- Mazidi M, Kengne AP, Banach M. Effects of coenzyme Q10 supplementation on plasma C-reactive protein concentrations: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Pharmacological Research. 2018;128:130-6.
The information provided in this article is intended for educational purposes only and is general advice. It should not, nor is it intended to be, relied on as a substitute for individual medical advice or care. If the contents of this, or any other of the blogs in this series raises any concerns or questions regarding your health, please consult a qualified healthcare practitioner.