Maca Root for Adrenal Support

Maca Root for Adrenal Support

Posted by The Maca Team on 5th Sep 2023

We’ve talked a bit about maca root’s “balancing” effect in other blog posts, but what exactly is it that maca root is balancing, and how is it doing so? Your body is a complex whole made up of many functioning parts, and unless you’ve been to medical school it’s easy to get mixed up about what’s doing what. Let’s take a look at how maca impacts a very specific part of your body - your adrenal glands - and learn about how they (and maca) impact many of your essential functions.

What Are Adrenals?

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You’ve probably heard the term “adrenal fatigue” before, though you might not know what it’s referring to. Your adrenals are two small glands located one on top of either of your kidneys. And though they aren’t very big, they are extremely important. Your adrenal glands are responsible for producing the hormones that regulate your metabolism, immune system, blood pressure, and more. With their role in so many important bodily functions, you can see why keeping them healthy is so important.

Unfortunately, adrenal disorders are not uncommon. They can happen to anyone, affecting women more frequently than men. Generally they’re the result of your adrenal glands producing either too much or not enough of certain hormones, namely cortisol, adrenaline, or aldosterone. You may be familiar with the term “adrenal fatigue.” While it isn’t considered a valid medical diagnosis, it refers to a collection of ailments including exhaustion, body aches, digestive issues, and more. “Adrenal fatigue” can be considered a side effect of “adrenal insufficiency” stemming from numerous potential causes ranging from congenital disease to chronic stress.

Whatever the cause, adrenal disorders can wreak havoc on your health, so it’s essential to find ways to support your adrenal health. That’s where maca root comes in.

Maca Supports Adrenal Health

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If you’re experiencing symptoms of adrenal fatigue, you should consult with a licensed medical professional regarding treatment. Your doctor may recommend some lifestyle changes in diet and exercise to combat your troubles. No matter the cause, boosting your adrenal health is important for your overall wellness, and maca can help with that.

Maca for adrenals works due to maca’s often-lauded adaptogenic qualities. Adaptogens, as we’ve discussed previously, are natural substances (namely plants) that can help your body manage stress in part by balancing bodily processes. We’ve talked about how maca can positively affect your hormonal health in the past by exercising a hormone-balancing effect. It turns out that maca can have a similar effect on the adrenal system, reducing cortisol levels in subjects exposed to consistent stress factors. So in addition to providing your body with essential nutrients and stamina meant to support you through extended periods of stress, over time maca can step up the functioning of your hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands, keeping them - and you - from burning out under pressure.

Getting Started with Maca

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What maca should you take for adrenal support? We generally recommend our black or red maca root products for adrenal health, though as we’ve stated before, there’s no “wrong way” to take maca.

Starting your maca journey is as simple as adding a couple teaspoons of our certified organic, fair trade, non-GMO maca powder to your morning beverage of choice. Or you could try our maca capsules, or liquid maca extract. Your ideal serving size will vary depending on a number of factors including your size and goals - check out our Maca Finder product selection tool for a guided suggestion, or check in with your doctor. Keep in mind that it’s best to start small and then build your way up over time, especially if you have a sensitive stomach.

If you have any further questions about our organic maca root products, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us using our web form, or call us toll-free at 888-919-8616.

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