A lot of women in the developed world are pretty open about their TTC efforts and journeys. I attribute that to that fact that, for them, infertility is not treated with as much stigma that still exists in this part of the world. A lot of them even have Instagram accounts solely dedicated to their journey, and they put pretty much everything out there. I follow some of these accounts, to learn from them, and to realize that we pretty much all face the same roller coaster of emotions.
On one of such evenings when I was just scrolling through Instagram, I saw a lady’s post on how she just discovered that she had hormonal imbalance, apparently as a result of some personal stress triggers. She asked the #ttcsisters what she could do, and I was surprised when about five different ladies recommended Maca Roots to her. They would swear that it worked wonders, and one even told her to get it in powder form, and gave her tips on usage. I had never heard of Maca roots before! But it seemed it was pretty popular. I opened some of these other accounts and saw how religious they were with the Maca Roots, displaying pictures of these bottles and a myriad of usage tips. One lady who was already rocking a bump even had captions that showed she took the Maca Roots powder with her husband.
I turned to the ever knowledgeable Dr. Google, and found a wealth of knowledge on the relationship between Maca and Fertility. The story of Maca and fertility is said to have begun when Incan farmers noticed how feeding Maca 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. People soon started using Maca to increase their conception chances, and when there was a high success rate, researchers and doctors began using it to help patients in the 80s and 90s. Maca is said to contain 31 different minerals and is very nourishing for the pituitary, thyroid and adrenal glands; all of which are involved in hormonal balance, thus acting as a tonic for the hormone system. It is also said to have the ability to affect key hormones in both men and women, because it contains substances called glucosinolates, which are alkaloids that make it possible for Maca to support hormonal balance.
Part of what I discovered was that Maca is classified as an adaptogen, which means it helps to strengthen the body so it is able to better resist disease and stress, support the adrenal glands and balance the body’s functions. In order for a herb to be considered an adaptogen it must be non-toxic or harmless to any organ of the body, and must be able to be ingested for long periods of time safely. There are studies that showed that Maca improves sperm health, and increases libido in men. One particular study of 9 men who were given gelatinized Maca for 4 months at 1,500 to 3,000 mg a day experienced an increase in libido, sperm count, mobillity of sperm, increased DHEA levels, decreased anxiety and stress, lowered blood pressure, balanced iron levels and an increase in adrenal androgens. While in women, it works by controlling the estrogen in the body. By now, we probably know that high or low estrogen levels can keep a woman from becoming pregnant.
The gelatinized Maca is just Maca that has had the starch removed to increase assimilation and increase the concentration. A lot of people just go for the plain Maca roots powder; those who opt for the gelatinized Maca are basically people who have digestion problems. The powder has a malty taste and works great with smoothies, juices or yogurt. I think that is a fun way to naturally boost fertility! Asides aiding conception, I also discovered that Maca is great for overall health as it also increases stamina and energy, treats acne, helps hair growth, relieves stress, and aids bone density. I tried to find out if it was available in Nigeria and most of the Maca sellers I saw were actually selling Maca roots, but for butt enhancement. At first, I thought “These my Nigerian brothers have come again.” but when I did more research on foreign sites, I found out that many Maca faithfuls attributed a bigger bum to Maca. One lady was deliriously happy to have gotten pregnant, and also have a more attractive behind.
Further research showed that most body-building supplements contained Maca, because of its high protein content, and because it is a nutritional powerhouse. One doctor said Maca does help with muscle building, but you have to also work those muscles to get the results. She also said since Maca helped in balancing estrogen, the hormone which is responsible for feminine features, it was only normal for women to notice better curves while on their Maca. If you are thinking of ordering for your Maca, please order for the Peruvian Black Maca Roots; I hear it is the most effective. Maca can compliment any fertility program and help you to achieve great results. Asides getting a BFP, we call could do with a little stamina boost, right?
Good luck, guys!
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