Maca, Fertility, and TTC (Trying to Conceive) – Tips & Facts
Infertility in women
Infertility in women can be caused by a variety of health conditions, such as imbalanced hormones, not being able to ovulate, abnormalities of the uterus, habitual miscarriage, etc.
Through generations, since ancient time, knowledge tells of maca and its use to increase fertility in humans and livestock alike (literally in all mammals). According to research, this root regulates the ovarian function and regulates the organs of internal secretion, such as the pituitary, the adrenal glands, etc.
Is it possible to quickly increase fertility with maca?
In Peru, there is a saying: maca is both Life and Health.
Individuals are not the only one to embrace and value this root. Scientific studies (in Europe, Asia and USA) are also slowly but surely confirming the effects attributed to this remarkable plant and that this plant actually increases fertility in both sexes.
The alkaloids present in this root are proven in scientific investigation to nourish the endocrine glands and act as stimulants of the human reproduction.
Alkaloids were first shown to work on the hypothalamus-pituitary axis.
Another reason why this herb helps both women and men enhance fertility is the fact that maca is an adaptogen. Meaning, this food nourishes different parts of your body, those parts which need recovery and improvement.
For example, if the estrogen level is high, the progesterone level is affected as well (the levels of progesterone may become too low). This, in turn, can affect women’s ability to stay pregnant. When using maca, progesterone levels could increase, thus support women in a process of staying pregnant or to maintain pregnancy.
Maca fertility research results
In a recent study, female rats were given an extract of Yellow maca. It was administrated that maca increases the litter size in female mice and increases the uterine weight in ovariectomized animals. For the first time study confirmed that some of the traditional uses of maca do enhance female fertility.
In another study, Dr Gloria Chacon isolated four alkaloids from the maca root and carried out animal studies with male and female rats. They were given either powdered maca root or alkaloids isolated from the roots. In comparison with the animal control groups, those receiving either root powder or alkaloids showed multiple egg follicle maturation in females and, in males, significantly higher sperm production and motility rates than control groups. Meaning, the alkaloids in the maca root (not its plant hormones) produced fertility effects on the ovaries and testes of the rats.
She also concluded that the alkaloids were acting on the hypothalamus-pituitary gland, which explains why both male and female rats were afflicted in a gender-appropriate manner and why the effects in humans are not limited to ovaries and testes but also act on the adrenals, on the pancreas and thyroid as well.
How well maca will have an effect on women trying to get pregnant will depend on few factors: a medical condition she has at the moment, the current medication she takes at the moment (and their interactions with maca) and the quality of the maca product purchased on the market.
Please note: The information on Maca Guru website is not meant to cure, diagnose, treat or stop any disease. For any medical concern, or to advise treatment for any specific health condition, please consult your doctor or a licensed medical practitioner.