Maca Herb For Fertility

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 Maca Herb For Fertility

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Maca is a plant that grows in central Peru in the high plateaus of the Andes mountains. It has been cultivated as a vegetable crop in Peru for at least 3000 years. Maca is a relative of the radish and has an odor similar to butterscotch. Native Peruvians have used Maca root as food and medicine to promote fertility, endurance, energy, vitality, and sexual virility.

 

Maca’s 31 different minerals and 60 different phytonutrients makes it a great nourishing food for the endocrine system, aiding the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands, regulating, supporting, and balancing the hormonal systems of both men and women. It is an endocrine adaptogen, meaning that it does not contain any hormones, but rather it contains the nutrients necessary to support normal hormone production. Scientific research, since 1961, has shown that Maca can increase fertility  and has been shown to contain specific compounds called glucosinolates which can affect fertility for both men and women.

 

One of Maca’s main actions is to stimulate and nourish the hypothalamus which regulates the pituitary gland. When the pituitary gland functions optimally, the entire endocrine system becomes balanced, because the pituitary gland controls the hormone output of the adrenals, thyroid and sex organs (testes and prostate in men, ovaries and uterus in women).

 

Taking Maca may help to balance the oestrogen to progesterone ratio which is essential to achieving and carrying a healthy pregnancy.
Oestrogen or progesterone levels that are high or low at the wrong time can keep a woman from becoming pregnant or keep her from carrying to term. Too much oestrogen in men may cause erectile dysfunction, lack of libido, low sperm count, and lowered production of seminal fluid. A human study of 9 men who were given gelatinized Maca for 4 months at 1,500 – 3,000 mg a day, showed the men experienced an increase in libido, sperm count, motility of sperm, increased DHEA levels, decreased anxiety and stress, lowered blood pressure, balanced iron levels and an increase in adrenal androgens.

 

How To Use Maca
When purchasing Maca you want to make sure the product you are using has only Maca root in it, not leaves or stem. Maca is available in powder, capsules or tincture. It is also available in varying strengths. Maca powder can be added to juice, smoothies, yogurt or baked goods. General suggested usage is 500-3000 mg a day taken regularly to achieve results.

 

Other Uses of Maca
Maca have also shown promising benefits to health such as relief of fatigue and the reduction of menopausal symptoms in women. One of the most troublesome symptoms of menopause is hot flashes. The active ingredients in the maca root appear to lessen the severity and frequency of hot flashes that occur due to hormonal changes in a woman’s body as they reach middle age. Maca root helps to bring back into balance the body’s natural hormone levels without the use of synthetic hormone replacements that are typical treatments for menopausal symptoms.
Menstrual problems that often plague women of child-bearing age such as cramping, heavy or irregular periods, as well as PMS, have found that the maca root alleviates many of the uncomfortable symptoms.
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