What is Maca?
Maca is a root vegetable grown in the harshest environments of the Andes. Peruvian farmers harvest Maca root from soil rich in volcanic minerals (see image of Maca root above). It is known to be the only known plant in the world to survive and thrive in the Andes of Peru. It is exposed to freezing temperatures, extreme wind, and direct sunlight. Harvesting Maca root can be extremely difficult and dangerous for farmers.
Maca has been used for centuries to promote fertility. It has properties known to stimulate libido, increase endurance, vitality, and sexual virility.
How does Maca Root Work to Promote Fertility?
Maca root has been researched for its fertility and health benefits since the sixties. Studies show Maca contains 60 different types of phytonutrients and 31 minerals. Although Maca Root is not a hormone, it helps to promote hormonal balance by affecting the pituitary gland, hypothalamus, and thyroid glands. By affecting the endocrine system, it is able to help promote fertility by balancing key hormones properly.
Maca root is known to affect estrogen levels in the body. Levels of estrogen that are too high or too low can impact fertility in women. This root has the ability to balance out the levels of estrogen in the body to make them the most optimal for fertility.
For men, Maca root has been shown to improve the quality and quantity of sperm. Mobility and motility of sperm were shown to be improved when men took Maca root for fertility.
Should I Take Maca Root to Treat Infertility?
Maca root could be beneficial for couples trying to conceive regardless of the cause for their infertility. It not only helps to regulate and balance hormones in the body that are key hormones for fertility, but it also helps to improve overall health.
Women who experience hormonal imbalances could greatly benefit from the use of Maca for fertility. Estrogen levels could be synced to boost the chances of becoming pregnant. If the male partner is also taking Maca for fertility, his sperm could become healthier and in turn improve the couple’s ability to become pregnant.
Dosage and Usage of Maca Root to Get Pregnant
Maca is available in varying strengths. It should be used in either a powder, tincture, or capsule form. Using Maca root that contains stems or leaves is not advised. Gelatinized powder of Maca Root has been shown to be easier to digest and is more concentrated than plain Maca root powder. You may be interested to know that although the root is gelatinized, it does not contain gelatin and thus is not a derivative of any animal. You can add Maca root powder to yogurt, smoothie, baked goods, or other types of food. It has a malt flavor.
Most prefer to take the bulk, if not all, of their dosage of Maca root via capsules. Capsules of Maca can be taken at any time. Maca tincture is mixed with water to form a tea or it can simply be added to any type of drink.
Maca should be taken regularly for optimal results. The suggested daily dosage of Maca for fertility is 2,000 to 3,000 milligrams per day. You can take the full amount in one dose or stretch the recommended dosage throughout the day.
Adding Maca to Natural Fertility Treatment Program
Maca is a wonderful addition to your natural fertility treatment program. Herbs that are most often taken in addition to Maca include Vitex, Evening Primrose oil, red raspberry leaf, Dang Gui, and Omega 3. Acupuncture and aromatherapy are also great additions to a natural fertility treatment program. Acupuncture has been shown to help promote hormonal balance and fertility. Natural fertility massage is another treatment that, in association with Maca, has been shown to help boost fertility.
Natural fertility treatments such as Maca and others just described help couples to conceive naturally. Using only modern pharmaceutical fertility medications can be costly and often pose major health risks. For many women, using a natural fertility treatment program has been extremely successful, healthy, and cost effective in comparison to pharmaceutical fertility medications and invasive medical procedures. This alternative method of boosting fertility is becoming increasingly popular for couples trying to conceive.
Side Effects Associated with the Use of Maca for Fertility
The people of Peru have used Maca for centuries as not only a natural fertility and health aid, but also as a food. Maca has been studied for toxicity levels and was shown to not be toxic to human at all. The only negative side effects that have been reported are associated with people who have consumed plain Maca and experienced stomach pain. However, most people consume Maca in a gelatinized form, not completely raw. When consuming the root raw, it could potentially cause upset stomach.
If you suffer from hypertension you should not take high dosages of Maca root. High doses of this root have been shown to potentially raise blood pressure. If you have a thyroid condition you should speak with your natural healthcare professional prior to taking Maca root for fertility. Maca root is known to increase energy and vitality, so if you have insomnia you may want to reconsider the use of this root for fertility.