Maca root is an adaptogen, which means it can help your body to “adapt” to stress. Maca can also help balance hormones as it supports your endocrine system. One of the key benefits of maca is its ability to boost fertility or treat infertility problems. Natives of the Andes mountains (where maca is grown) have long used maca as a fertility aid. Now maca is a well-known superfood worldwide, we’re hearing a lot more about how it can help women who are having trouble conceiving. There are a few ways in which maca can boost fertility and there are also particular times in a woman’s life when she will most need maca as a supplement.
How maca treats infertility
- Maca increases sex drive and can be used as a natural aphrodisiac for men and women. It does this by boosting testosterone levels and supporting healthy ovulation.
- Maca gives you energy and we all know that any journey to conceive requires a whole lot of energy! We know coffee can cause fertility problems, so maca provides an alternative source of long-lasting energy. Maca stabilizes blood sugar levels and supports your adrenals.
- Maca is very rich in many of the vitamins and minerals you need to conceive. This nutritional profile of amino acids, fatty acids, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, iron and phytonutrients. While you also need to eat an overall nutritionally-dense diet, maca is a great way of increasing your intake of essential fuel for ovulation and conception. It’s a one-stop shop for so much that your body needs.
- Maca is shown to increase sperm production, motility and volume, as well as prevent erectile dysfunction.
The best time to use maca
The best time to use maca is when your body is not producing the hormone levels it should. Anyone who is experiencing infertility issues can use maca, but these times in a woman’s life are when her body may need the most support.
- If you’ve recently come off the birth control pill or other hormonal birth control
- If you’re over 35
- When you’re planning your second child (maca should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women – but if you have had a baby and are experiencing secondary infertility, maca is a good choice)
Important to note: You should NOT take maca if you have an allergy to iodine, Hashimoto’s, or experience thyroid nodules or growths, as it contains significant amounts of iodine. You should also be cautious with maca if you are androgen sensitive, in the case of some expressions of PCOS.
Of course, using maca alone without also eating a nutritionally-dense diet and avoiding fertility-harming dairy, gluten, alcohol, coffee and sugar will not have much of an impact on your body. You need to view maca as a great supplement that heightens the impact of a wider fertility-boosting diet. Here at FLO Living I have a specific protocol for women trying to conceive and I have previously shared some of my fertility-specific advice on the blog.
Maca is not a miracle cure (I’m afraid, nothing is!), but it can help you with infertility, it just won’t do this if everything else in your diet and lifestyle is working against your goal. Just check out FLO grad Diane’s story to experience why you need more than maca to conceive.
The right kind of maca to use
If you’re experiencing infertility issues you and your partner should take maca. Women should look to take “red” maca and men should be taking “black” maca. You want to select a brand of maca that contains the level of glucosinolates you require to get the beneficial effects on your fertility. Watch out for the many other products that will come on the market as maca becomes more popular, not all of them will be good quality.
Always remember, that once you have the right information about how your body really works, you can start making health choices that finally start to work for you! You can do this – the science of your body is on your side!
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