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Maca: Perhaps the Best Hormone Balancing Food on the Planet for Both Sexes!
Have you heard about maca? It’s a tuber that is sometimes called Peruvian Ginseng. The native people of Peru eat it almost daily. Maca looks something like a radish and is actually related to it. It only grows wild on at the highest elevations of the Andes Mountains. Maca can help balance hormones for both sexes, as well as completely reverse hypothyroidism. No, maca does not contain hormones, but rather, the nutrients that are needed to support our body’s normal hormone production. Read about other natural ways to regulate hormones.
In fact, maca has such powerful hormone creating properties that it is often used to increase fertility for those trying to have a baby. Both sexes consume maca and even if they had problems conceiving before, maca seems to work like magic. Please note maca should not be consumed while you are pregnant. Stop as soon as you confirm that you are pregnant.
Maca is also perfect for those who are suffering from adrenal fatigue, as it reduces stress hormones and gives the adrenals the nutrition they need.
Due to an overabundance of environmental estrogens, many people find that their hormones are out of whack. Maca will nourish the hypothalamus and stimulate the pituitary glands, which are something like the king of the gland world. Your pituitary and hypothalamus actually tell the other glands in your body how to operate. So when your hypothalamus and pituitary are in balance, then all your other glands will be in balance as well, including your pancreas, thyroid, ovaries, adrenals, and testicular glands.
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Maca can help you with all sorts of problems you might be having that are related to your hormones including menopause, hot flashes, and PMS. Maca improves libido and sexual function, especially in men. In fact, maca root works so well for men that you might see it labeled as “Nature’s Viagra!”
There is a great deal of research that shows that maca can both boost and stabilize female hormones. The International Journal of Biomedical Sciences conducted a double blind study that found that organic maca suppressed follicle stimulating hormones, stimulated the production of estrogen, and reduced the severity of hot flashes and night sweats that often come with menopause. Maca is a terrific, natural means of controlling menopause symptoms without resorting to hormone replacement therapy. Find out more about menopause issues and how to fix them.
Yet another double blind study discovered that maca improved menopausal women’s moods and increased their libido with no negative effects on their androgenic or estrogenic activity. This study was published in the November 2008 issue of Menopause.
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For men, the research is just as strong. Andrologia featured a study in October of 2006 which showed that the extracts from black maca could increase the sperm count just one day after treatment and increase the sperm count in the vas deferens after only three days. Researchers found an increase in daily sperm production after only one week of treatment.
If you want to consume maca for its hormone balancing benefits, then consume organic, powdered maca that has been gelatinized. This simple means that the maca has had the starches removed. This improves its bioavailability as well as its potency. Even the indigenous people of Peru rarely ate raw maca because it was hard to digest.
By the way, maca also contains large amount of potassium and calcium, as well as iron and silica. It’s often used in Peru to treat and prevent osteoporosis. So there are plenty of good reasons to consume maca.