Delicious maca is the fertility wonder food! Not familiar with maca? This once unknown root to current western civilization is just beginning to gain popularity as a superfood here in America. 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
- Adaptagenic ability to regulate hormone function
- Increase stamina
- Decrease PMS and menopausal symptoms
- Sustained endurance
- Normal sexual function
- Increase Libido
- 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 powder as it can be taken as a food source with other fertility enhancing foods. The recommended dosage is 2000-3000 mg daily. Maca must be used on a daily basis over time to get best results, so don’t look forward to instant results. It is recommended that you start with a small does and increase as body tolerates. 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. My recommendation is to always 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 has an almost banana or butterscotch flavor to it and combines well with many things. I have some clients who make a warm beverage out of heating the maca with almond milk and making a hot chocolate like beverage. Others prefer to mix in oatmeal or a smoothie for best taste.
- 10-12 ounces unsweetened almond milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 Teaspoons hemp Seeds
- 1 Tablespoon chia Seeds
- 2 Teaspoons maca Powder
- 1 Tablespoon raw organic cacao powder
- 2 Tablespoons organic almond butter or other preferred nut butter
- Large Handful spinach leaves
- Beat mixture in a blender to desired thickness
Give Maca a try! However you like it, it is a wonderful addition to any nutritional fertility program.