So you’ve probably heard about maca at some point in your fertility journey, no? Well let me fill you in on the beneficial properties of this amazing root. Historically it has been grown in Peru and maca (Lepidium meyenii) comes in 3 colours, yellow-black-red. Usually we only see the yellow version when we buy it in powdered form. The different colours pertain to the skin of the maca. The maca plant looks like a turnip but is actually part of the broccoli family and is a root vegetable. “It is the highest altitude crop in the world growing at around 10,000 feet above sea level in the Andes. Maca has a rich malty flavor that combines well with cacao, another popular superfood” mindbodygreen.com
“Maca is also an adaptogenic herb which means a herb that must be completely safe and non-toxic. It must also have broad uses for health. It must specifically reduce stress, both mental and physical. To put it simply: Adaptogens help you adapt. Adaptogens greatly improve your body’s ability to adapt to stress, whether it’s a hectic schedule, heat or cold, noise, high altitudes or any number of other stressors. This elite class of herbs impart strength, energy, stamina, endurance, and they improve mental clarity” medicine hunter.com
You can buy maca in power, capsule and liquid form and either gelatinized or raw. I would not recommend raw! even the peruvians don’t eat it raw. The root needs to be cooked in order to break down the fibre and goitergens which can affect not only the thyroid but digestion also. It can help with labido boosting, hormones, increasing sperm count and energy production – all the things you need to get pregnant!
So why else would you want to add maca to your diet for fertility?
- It nourishes the endocrine system, the alkaloids have been shown to have an affect on the hypothalamus-pituitary axis of which the pituitary, adrenal and thyroid glands are a part. This axis is involved in hormonal balance.
- For egg health Maca offers many nutrients to support the health of the body on a cellular level, but also healthy hormonal balance which contributes to healthier eggs – yay!
- Its so easy to add into your diet. Put it in smoothies, energy balls, sprinkle it on oats. It has an almost chocolate kind of taste so blends well and it very tasty.
As with any supplement, especially if you are taking it for the first time I suggest not taking the full dose and gradually increasing it to tolerance and always follow the manufactures instructions unless advised otherwise by your nutritionist/practitioner.