One of the most common questions we get is from men and women who have heard about using maca for fertility and reproductive health. Judging from these questions, there’s a good deal of misinformation out there regarding how to use maca to increase your chances of having a child. That’s why we decided to put this comprehensive article together.
Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a root vegetable that grows high in the Andes mountains. It is in fact the world’s highest growing food crop and has grown there naturally for thousands of years. The story of Maca and fertility starts when Incan farmers noticed how feeding maca plant roots to their livestock made them stronger and healthier. With consistent maca feeding, the farmers also saw that their animals had more and healthier babies.
It wasn’t long after that people started using maca to increase their own chances of conceiving. Natives of the Andes have long used maca for fertility purposes – and with good success. So much success in fact that it was maca’s fertility enhancing properties that first attracted North American and European researchers, doctors, and other medical professionals to start using this superfood in the 1980s and 1990s.
Maca is one of a few herbs that are believed to be “adaptogens.” When incorporated into someone’s diet, these special kinds of herbs adapt to a variety of conditions within a given body and help restore it to a healthy balance for improved wellness. Maca in particular works on the endocrine system to balance and regulate hormone levels in both men and women.
Scientific studies, some of which are referenced below, have found that the effects of using black maca boosts sperm production in men and even increases sperm activity. Similar studies show that females given maca experience an increased regularity in their cycles every month and easier ovulation. Another result of taking maca is a marked increase in libido for both men and women.
In addition to improving one’s hormonal balance, taking maca also provides excellent nutritional support. Maca is rich in amino acids, phytonutrients, fatty acids, vitamin and minerals. See full Maca Nutrition Facts here. Both men and women who follow a balanced diet and are properly nourished, greatly increase the likelihood of conceiving a healthy child.
If you do decide to use maca supplements or powder for fertility purposes, there are several things that you should do and keep in mind in order to maximize your success.
Here are some couples who’ve reported having success using maca for fertility.
"We tried a lot of things to get pregnant before we learned about peruvian Maca in a book on natural fertility. My husband and I started taking it religiously after that. I got pregnant 6 months later and I’m sure the maca helped." Jennifer and Ray Collins, Washington
"I believe that Maca helped us to conceive naturally when conventional fertility treatments failed. I now have a happy & healthy baby." Rachel.W, United Kingdom
"My wife and I were together for 7 years before we conceived. The only thing we did differently prior to that was to complete a round of serious detox and to start taking Maca. I'm convinced that Maca played an important part in getting pregnant." Matt Leonard
If you are looking to increase your chances of getting pregnant naturally and regulate your hormones, without invasive surgical procedures, maca is certainly the supplement to try. Adding maca to any fertility program or strategy can only help your overall health and chances of conceiving a child.
We hope this article helps and if you have any questions please let us know.
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