It has a rather unappetizing taste, but if it will help you get pregnant, maca may just be worth it. The latest trend in natural fertility boosters, does this supplement live up to the hype? Can it really help you wave goodbye to fertility woes?
What is maca?
Maca is the root of a South American plant that is said to boost fertility in both men and women by balancing hormones. It is also thought to act as an aphrodisiac for both men and women and possibly boost immunity. And a few studies have shown that maca can be effective in increasing sperm count and motility and the volume of semen ejaculated.
The root is said to also contain several vitamins, proteins, sugars, iron and other chemicals that provide nutrition and reduce inflammation.
Is maca safe?
While maca has only been studied in men, it is generally considered to be safe for both men and women. However, women with high blood pressure, women who are taking blood thinners, or women with a known allergy to maca should not take this supplement. In addition, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take maca. Finally, women who have an estrogen responsive cancer (like breast or ovarian) should not take this supplement because of its effects on reproductive hormones.
While generally well tolerated, some women have reported bloating or excessive flatulence when taking maca.