How to Fix Infertility with This Amazing Superfood

What is infertility?

The medical definition of infertility can be defined as a sexually active couple (having sex at least three times a week), being unable to conceive after 1 full year [1].

For a women to conceive a series of events must occur:

  • Development of an egg in the women’s womb
  • Through a process of ovulation an egg must be released every month and be picked up by the fallopian tubes.
  • Sperm from a male must enter the fallopian tube, meet and fertilize the egg
  • Once fertilized, this egg must then pass the fallopian tube and attached itself to the lining of uterus.[1]

If one of these events is interrupted or doesn’t occur then infertility will arise. It is estimated between 10-15% of couples experience infertility, about 35-40% of infertility cases are due to female infertility and 40% due to male infertility [2].

What causes infertility?

Even though people who are not particularly health conscience can conceive, our lifestyle and diet play a major role, especially when we get older and the body has been exposed to more toxins etc. Fertility doesn’t just involve the sperm, egg and reproductive tract, but rather the body as a whole. A more holistic view including our mental, sexual and physical health all need to be considered [2].

A major part in infertility can be from an imbalance in the hormones in both men and women. Hormones are chemical messengers and are produced in the endocrine system and sent through your blood to the various organs, giving them instruction on what to do.

Key Reproductive Hormones

In order for successful ovulation a number of key reproductive hormones are involved such as:

Folic stimulating hormones (FSH) – cause maturation of eggs in the ovary in females and key for sperm and testosterone production in males.

Luteinising hormones – helps the releasing of egg in females and as FSH help sperm and testosterone production in males.

Oestrogen and progesterone – maintaining the uterus lining

Thyroid hormones – T3 and T4 hormones produced by the thyroid are linked to reproduction

Prolactin – critical for breast milk production, it is also linked with the cycle regularity. Irregular cycles can cause fertility issues

Anti- Müllerian Hormone (AMH) - function is to support immature eggs and measuring this hormone is a predictor for how many eggs are in the ovary

As you can see hormones play a crucial role in successful ovulation and as the amount of hormones secreted by the endocrine system are so little, even a small change in the balance of these hormones can cause fertility problems.

What Causes Hormone Imbalance?

The balance of the body’s hormones are closely linked to the foods we consume. The below food groups should be avoided completely or drastically reduced:

Alcohol – an over consumption of alcohol can affect testosterone levels, alter sperm structure, impair reproductive functions, and cause irregular menstrual cycles.

Processed foods – these foods have little or no nutrition, so rather than feeding the body the vital nutrients it needs for reproduction the body absorbs all the nasty chemicals.

Dairy products – these foods have hormones present in them, so additional hormones added can cause imbalances.

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Maca Powder to the Rescue

Maca is part of the cruciferous vegetable and comes in four main varieties of black, cream, red and purple.

Native to Peru it has been used by the people of the Andes for centuries due to the incredible health benefits. It was traditionally given to newlyweds due to the amazing Maca powder fertility benefits.

There are so many amazing anecdotal stories of the fertility benefits of Maca of people miraculously being able to conceive after taking the supplement.  Even though there are only a few studies showing the benefits of Maca for fertility, there is evidence it balances the body’s hormones.

It does this by stimulating and nourishing the hypothalamus which is responsible for regulating the pituitary gland. This in-turn balances the production of hormones by the entire endocrine system, which is where the reproduction hormones are made and sent. So infertility caused by hormonal imbalances are relieved.

A 2001 study where nine men received 1500/3000mg of Maca daily for four months showed an increase is seminal volume, sperm count, and improvement in motility [4].

In another 2015 study 20 male subjects between the ages of 20-40 were supplemented with Maca for a period of 12 weeks. Results showed fertility benefits for men as sperm motility and concentration improved [5].

Infertility can understandably be a cause of concern and can be very stressful. If you are having any issues it is always advised to see your doctor first. If you think there is a hormonal imbalance you can always get tested.  Due to the incredible Maca root benefits for women and men it makes it an excellent supplement to boost fertility naturally.

Plant Burst Maca

Our Maca powder is an organic premium blend of all four varieties black, cream, red and purple as each type brings different benefits. Our Maca is simply dried and milled into a nutritious powder and has no additives or fillers added.

How to Take Maca

To get the full benefits of Maca powder, at least 1 teaspoon should be supplemented daily. It can be consumed in plain water, or added to your favourite smoothie or porridge. Below is a great recipe to boost your energy in the day and improve fertility.

Maca Hot Chocolate

Ingredients for 1 serving:

1 cup plant based milk

2 tablespoons of cacao powder

1 teaspoon of Plant Burst Maca powder

Pinch of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of coconut sugar or sweetener of choice

¼ teaspoon of vanilla essence

Pinch of salt

Method

  1. Heat plant based milk over a medium heat and whisk in all the ingredients to ensure they are thoroughly mixed through and there are no lumps
  2. Pour into your favourite mug and enjoy the amazing raw organic Maca powder benefits.

Bibliography

[1]

[Online]. Available: https://www.hormone.org/diseases-and-conditions/infertility-female.

[2]

[Online]. Available: https://www.hormone.org/diseases-and-conditions/infertility-female.

[3]

[Online]. Available: https://www.hormone.org/diseases-and-conditions/infertility-male.

[4]

[Online]. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11753476/.

[5]

[Online]. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26421049/.

 


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