Maca is a plant that grows mainly in central Peru in the high plateaus of the Andes mountains. Over the last 3000 years, it has been grown and cultivated as a crop there (Maca Roots, 2017). Its roots are specifically used for medicinal purposes. It is taken for chronic fatigue syndrome, anemia, enhancing memory, athletic performance, and stamina (Palsdottir, 2017). Besides, people also take maca by mouth for menstrual problems, female hormone imbalance, symptoms of menopause, improving fertility, leukemia, stomach cancer, erectile dysfunction, and tuberculosis (Maca, 2017). Apart from that, it is also consumed to boost the human immune system and arouse the sexual desire beside intensifying it. Maca is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. It provides plenty of zinc, calcium, magnesium, iron, amino acids and phosphorus (Maca, 2017). Maca also helps one’s overall health and supplies iron to restore blood cells. Thereby, it prevents cardiovascular diseases. Also, it keeps teeth and bones healthy and reinforces the healing of wounds. Maca supplementation helps in improving muscle mass when coupled with workout regime (Axe, 2017).
Maca Root is for helping with hormone balance that often aids in improving the symptoms of PMS and Menopause. In females with PCOS, maca is considered to help by disciplining estrogen levels in the body. Estrogen levels that are either too high or too low can make it difficult for a woman to ovulate and become pregnant. Therefore, the balance of estrogen production in women is important for fertility, reproductive health, and symptoms like excess hair growth, irregular menstrual cycles and so on. A study on menopause conducted in 2008 in menopause journal showed that maca impacts one’s mood in menopause and decreases the levels of depression and anxiety (Axe, 2017). The same study showed that maca’s impact on moods led to an increase in sexual libido. A separate study done by CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics in 2008 reached the same conclusions and showed that maca boosted the production of serotonin, which is a ‘feel good’ hormone in human body. Besides, black maca has been observed to boost the production of sperms in males (Axe, 2017).
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