In the 21st century, many people are returning to plant-based supplements and much discussion is heard about the wonderful effects herbs generally have on the human body as opposed to the side effects commonly found in pharmaceutical drugs. Maca is among the most powerful and increasingly used of all these herbs.
Research shows that maca root powder increases sperm count and semen volume, and may improve both erectile and ovarian function. One doctor, Ernesto Chacon, discovered the four alkaloids present in maca that are responsible for its reputed positive effects on these hormonal issues. Those who have added maca to their diet claim a significant increase in libido, enhanced sexual function and desire.
And what about using maca in fertility treatments? Well, maca has already been used for centuries in South America for fertility. In the United States and Europe men and women who have had difficulty conceiving are beginning to report pregnancies after using maca. To get the best results both partners (male/female) should be using Maca while working on conception. Women usually stop taking maca when pregnancy is discovered and resume Maca if they are breast-feeding to support milk production.
It is important to remember that maca is NOT a hormone. Maca is a food that nourishes the hormonal system to maintain optimal balance and health, and works by stimulating the Hypothalamus & Pituitary Glands to help balance the Endocrine Glands.