Friday, November 18, 2011

Health Pick: Can Maca Help With Getting Pregnant?

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I was shopping in the grocery store with my Husband and we were approached by a couple and they shared their experience with weight loss and eating better. They then shared their “extra energy boost “ that came from Maca and they proceeded to show us a Maca candy bar.  We then tried the candy bar, it had a coffee ground texture to it,  I was not so much a fan of. We did then get the Organic Maca Powder that we started using in our breakfast shakes and still do until this day.

Maca is from South America and was domesticated over 2,000 years ago. It has been used by natives of Peru for thousands of years. It helps your energy, stamina, libido(extra energy), and balances the hormones for men and women. The energy that is provided by Maca is related to the energy boost that one may receive from Ginseng. Maca is a vegetable that is in the same family as: Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Radishes and Turnips. Maca is a relative of the Mexican Yam. In appearance it kind of resembles a large radish or beet. Maca grows in volcanic soil and is mineral rich because of this. It grows in altitudes up to 11,000 feet. There is no other food in the world that can grow in such high altitudes with such frost like conditions and still survive.

Maca is easy to digest and has a lot of essential amino acids. To help with regularity, it has high fiber content and is excellent for constipation. Maca has a lot of Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

Dr. Gloria Chacon is considered the most knowledgeable person on the planet about the effects of Maca. Her research started in 1961 and continues to this day. The results of her research showed increase fertility in: Cows, Dogs, Guinea Pigs, Humans, Rams and Rats. In the human studies, Maca increased  Adrenaline, libido and sperm. It decreased: Anxiety, Stress and lowered blood pressure.   

It has been reported that Maca improves memory and concentration, reduces stress and fatigue along with reinforcing the immune system. It helps prevent heart disease by removing and controlling LDL (bad cholesterol) Organic Maca can be purchase at Whole Foods Market, Health Food stores and Online. It can be found in the form of capsules and powder. When buying make sure that you are getting Organic and 100% Maca powder that it is not cut with any fillers.      

*EXTRA PICKY TIP ~ At one point in history, the Conquistadors were demanding they were paid in Maca instead of Gold.*

As always consult your Medical/Health Adviser before trying or using any herbal remedy. This is for informational purposes only, not to treat or cure any diseases.