Have you ever heard about an amazing plant that grows very high in Peruvian Andes – around 11.000 feet and above? This little root (size of radish) has so much power and it can help your thyroid! Let’s take a look at the benefits of Maca root.
Top benefits of Maca root
#1 Hormones balance
Maca is believed to balance hormones. It supports endocrine system and regulates thyroid hormone production. Although Maca does not contain hormones, it does contain the building blocks from which the body can create hormones. This is a great news for everyone with too low hormone levels. Maca also contains iodine, which is very important for optimal thyroid function (I wrote about it here in my previous article). How much iodine contains Maca you can find bellow:
Every 10 g of Maca powder contains about .052 mg of iodine or about 35% of the RDA based on the .150 mg daily guideline. 10 g is 2 teaspoons.
As you can see, the amount of iodine in Maca falls well within the RDA for the most common dosages at or under 3 teaspoons daily, (4 teaspoons – .156 mg – 100% RDA) however I take 4 spoons and I am good 🙂 It is up to you, if you are not sure, ask your doctor, although iodine is a very controversial topic…
#2 Women and men fertility
Maca increases fertility. Black Maca type has shown to increase sperm count and volume, red Maca has been shown to balance female hormones and ovulation cycles. Dr Axe on his website says about maca & fertility connection:
In one study done using animals and maca, it was found that in female animals taking maca, multiple egg follicles were able to successfully mature, which is important for ovulation and reproductive health.
Also on themacateam.com we can read a comment about maca and fertility:
Some of which are referenced below, have found that using Black Maca boosts sperm count in men and even increases sperm activity. Similar studies show that females given Maca respond with increased regularity in cycles and easier ovulation. Another result of taking Maca is a marked increase in libido for both men and women.
Would you like to increase your chance to get pregnant naturally? Try taking Maca root. Here you can find instructions which maca type you should take to increase your fertility: click.
#3 No stress, anxiety, depression
According to some clinical researches, maca taken regularly has positive effects on:
stamina -some professional athlets reported that maca supports their power
energy – Maca balances hormones and this is why it can give you more energy
mood – (same as above)
depression – there are studies which shows that all maca colors decrease depression symptoms:
One of the most interesting traditional uses for Maca is that it was mixed in special teas during dance ceremonies to helps energize and relax participants. Recent studies have also shown that Maca’s positive effects on mood lead to a reduction in self perceived anxiety and stress. That makes Maca very unique, in the sense that it boosts energy without causing any sort of stress – themacateam.com
#4 Energy boost
This is my favorite Maca benefit. Who don’t need more energy? Especially those with hypothyroidism. This is horrible what thyroid hormones deficiency does to us. If you suffer from chronic fatigue, try natural energy booster – add Maca root powder for example to your smoothie, tea or cereals!
I just started using it, but already see the difference. I am taking Maca + reduced my normal Levothyroxine dosage to a half dosage and I feel more focused & awake. It does not work like caffeine which gives me high energy just for the moment. Is Maca root gonna take my fatigue and tiredness problem completely away? I will come back to you with a review in about 4-6 weeks, but I really believe it might work.
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Maca is available in 3 basic colors plus one combo, called premium Maca. What colors are available:
Premium (mix of 3 colors above)
Each Maca has a little bit different benefits. I found this page very helpful to find out that I needed Red Maca for my hormone balance and fatigue, however I am gonna try another ones too.
How to take Maca?
You can buy Maca as a raw powder, gelatinized or in capsules. I choose powder, because it is the most natural form (I do not need more capsules if take other supplements for thyroid… ). I add my Maca powder (1-2 tbsp) to a smoothie every morning. You can also drink your Maca just with water or juice, but for me with water it is too strong. You can even cook and bake with Maca powder. Try recipes available here.
Where to buy Maca?
You can find Maca in the best organic and health food stores. Be careful if you buying online – make sure the store is certified and sell real Maca. There are some fakes which may be harmful instead. Ask the seller if Maca powder is raw – you do not wanna processed, suspicious powder – and organic. My trusted store is themacateam.com.