Maca root is a cruciferous like vegetable grown in the Andes in Peru. For decades the Peruvian people have been using maca for endurance, stamina, energy, vitality, and fertility.
Maca is revered as a superfood for its ability to have an effect on the hormones without containing any hormones of its own. It contains 31 vitamins and over 60 phytonutrients that help to balance and regulate the pituitary, thyroid and adrenal glands which are all part of the endocrine system, a vital part of fertility regulation. Maca contains special alkaloids that are shown through research to have a positive effect on both male and female fertility.
The benefits of maca:
-nourishes the endocrine system aiding proper function of pituitary, thyroid and adrenal glands
-Regulate hormone function
-Decrease PMS and menopausal symptoms
-Normal sexual function
-Stimulate and nourish hypothalamus
How maca is used:
Maca can be found in health food stores or online in the form of powder, tincture or capsules. I prefer the capsules as they are easy to take, the powder is a bit rank and doesn’t disguise well in food. The capsules generally come in 500mg so I advise taking 3 per day to get 1500mg. If you are taking the powder start with about half a teaspoon to see how well you tolerate and then increase by half a teaspoon every few days until you reach your desired amount.
Maca is a food, not a herb so can safely be taking with other fertility enhancing herbs such as Vitex Agnus Castus.
Maca must be used on a daily basis over time to get best results, so don’t look forward to instant results. I have found it takes around 3 months to have any noticeable effects. But when it kicks in, you will feel the difference. You will have more energy, better hair and skin.
It is recommended that you start with a small dose and increase as the body begins to tolerate it. There are no side effects associated with Maca but I have had a few clients who occasionally experience stomach discomfort by taking large doses before their body has adapted to it. Because of this it’s advisable to take it with food.
It also can shift the menstrual cycle slightly in some people. This is the balancing effect it is having and smoothing out an y issues within the endocrine system. So don’t be alarmed if your cycle goes from 28 to 26 or 31 days…it will even out after 3-4 months.