Fertility is both a sensitive and an extremely crucial topic. Generally, people with fertility issues are advised to take a wholesome diet, exercise regularly and maintain a healthy lifestyle in general.
However, if despite adopting an active and healthy lifestyle you are facing fertility related problems, maca might just be the herb you need.
Native to Peru in South America, maca is no less than a wonder herb. For more than two millennia, maca has been consumed to improve fertility, energy levels, and libido in both men and women. The plant is divided into different categories depending on the colour of the root - pink, black, yellow, or red.
Though the root itself does not contain any hormones, it acts as an endocrine adaptogen, as it contains the nutrients required to support healthy and natural hormone production.
Many studies have shown maca powder fertility benefits may alleviate some forms of sexual dysfunction and may also increase sperm count and fertility in men. (13)
In women, maca helps the body to promote balanced estrogen and progesterone levels. Estrogen or progesterone levels that are too high or too low at the wrong time interfere with a woman’s chance to get pregnant.
Further, maca has 60 different phytonutrients and 31 different minerals and also contains glucosinolates, which is the compound that affects fertility in men and women.
(n.d.). A double-blind, randomized, pilot dose-finding study of maca root (L. meyenii) for the management of SSRI-induced sexual dysfunction.