I know what you’re thinking…and No I am not referring to the fast food outlet. The only Macas that is good for you is the Maca plant which is a root-like vegetable found in South America. The Peruvians have been using this amazing vegetable for thousands of years as a food and medicine to promote fertility, energy, libido and vitality.
How Does It Work?
Maca is an adaptogenic , which means it balances the body according to its needs. Maca is particularly nourishing and stimulating to the endocrine system. It helps the adrenal, thyroid and pituitary glands – which are all involved in hormonal balance. Maca has the incredible ability of affecting hormones in both men and women without actually containing any hormones itself.
For The Ladies
Maca works by controlling estrogen in the body. Estrogen levels that are imbalanced can prevent a woman from becoming pregnant or keep her from carrying to term. Excess estrogen levels also cause progesterone levels to become too low. Taking maca may help to increase the progesterone levels which are essential to carrying a healthy pregnancy. Maca is also helpful for egg health, recurrent miscarriages, preparing for IVF and infertility due to stress.
For the Men
Maca can assist in increasing sperm count as it contains many nutrients essential to male reproductive health. Such as zinc which is essential for viable sperm count; as well as calcium, magnesium, selenium, amino acids and vitamins A, C, E and B vitamins. In an article published in Good Medicine Magazine Australia a study revealed that rats who had been eating maca had improved fertility. In the male rats sperm count increased; and in the female rats egg follicle development increased.
Other Nutritional Benefits
Maca contains significant amounts of amino acids, complex carbohydrates, Vitamins B1, B2, C, E and minerals including calcium, phosphorous, zinc, magnesium and iron. Being an adaptogenic Maca is also beneficial for general wellbeing, vitality and emotional balance. How good is that?!
How To Take Maca
The best way to incorporate maca into your life is by purchasing Maca Powder which is available at health stores or online. It had a pleasant caramel taste and can be added to shakes, smoothies, juices, yogurt or even on your cereal. YUM!