Special Guest Blogger Post on Maca
Hello there friends! My name is Alexandra, and I am the founder of Mama In The Makin’, a holistic health coaching service where I provide nutritional education and support to empower prenatal and pregnant women in their healthy pregnancy journey.
Earth Circle Organics recently posted a really great blog article on maca, a superfood indigenous to the people of Peru. Since I work with women to prepare their bodies for pregnancy (and men who are naturally looking to boost their fertility – they do provide 50% of the DNA after all), I thought I’d share why maca is so beneficial for couples looking to conceive.
Maca is also considered an adaptogen which means that it is able to adapt to difference environments and conditions within our bodies and assists our bodies in responding better to stressors. When pregnancy doesn’t happen immediately, it can be stressful. This is actually counter-intuitive to how we want our bodies to be when trying to conceive. We want to make sure that we are as relaxed as possible so maca can help us adapt to any stress we may be taking on. Maca is also nutritionally dense and known as a fertility superfood because it helps balance hormones, which is extremely important for conception. Maca helps balance the progesterone and estrogen in our bodies (typically increasing progesterone if we are deficient and reducing estrogen).
While Peruvians have been eating maca for thousands of years during pregnancy, you will notice that maca is labeled, as are all herbal supplements, as “not safe for use during pregnancy.” No research has been conducted on the safety of use during pregnancy so it is generally recommended that women who are pregnant do not consume maca.
Benefits of maca:
• Balances hormones and increases fertility
• Increases egg health as well as sperm count and activity
• Boosts energy and increases libido
• Decreases stress hormones
• Increases regularity in cycles and ovulation
Looking for a delicious way to get maca into your diet? Try this recipe for cinnamon maca energy bites – the perfect grab-and-go treat for just about any situation. Pre-workout fuel, a sweet treat at breakfast, a mid-afternoon snack with the 3pm slump rolls around and the easiest way to sneak a little maca into your diet. These bites are not only delicious and taste just like a cinnamon raisin granola bar, but they are also refined-sugar free. Naturally sweetened with dates and combined with walnuts for a healthy dose of omega 3 fatty acids, these are bites are sure to provide brain boosting energy wherever you may be. With the addition of the maca, both pregnant men and women can be assured that they are taking steps towards boosting their fertility naturally.
You can also find me on Instagram, at @mamainthemakin, where I share healthy tips and tricks for living a healthy and holistic lifestyle, as well as delicious food! My goal is to show others how easy it can be to take steps towards living a healthier lifestyle (whatever that looks like to them), and it always an honor when others let me in on a small piece of their wellness journey. Les not forget, healthy living is a journey, not a destination!