The ONE superfood your hormones need – MACA

I love Maca and believe wholeheartedly in Maca for healthy, balanced hormones.
Natalie Kringoudis is a Natural Fertility Educator, of the Pagoda Tree. She writes….
‘If there is just one superfood you need on your menu to balance those cray cray hormones, it’s maca. Maca is from peru and it looks a bit like a potato, but it does a whole lot more good for your insides and best of all, it balances your hormones. Maca deliveries a big kick of energy to your system and is one food you should be including in your wellness regime. I’ve underlined all the benefits today because there are just so many for you to see! And I haven’t included them all here otherwise the post would go on forever. But know this much – maca may change your life.
It gets the title of a superfood because it delivers on the nutrition front. It’s totally full of vitamins and minerals as well as enzymes and amino acids which is why it makes a swell effort in getting your hormones happy. It’s full of B vitamins (those are the energy vitamins) – vitamin B-12 being particularly good for the vegetarians amongst us. It is also a great source of bioavailable calcium and magnesium – magnesium being one of my favourite all round period fixers as well as iron, potassium and vitamin C.
Maca stimulates and benefits the hypothalamus and pituitary glands – two very important master controllers when it comes to regulating hormones. Both the hypothalamus and pituitary glands send signals in your body to control other glands that signal the adrenals, the thyroid, pancreas and sex hormones in both men and women. And because we’re living in an oestrogen dominant time, everybody could do with some hormone lovin’ by way of rebalancing their hormones. This means maca will influence things like growth, sexual maturity, moods (ie depression or post natal depression or anxiety), hormone regulation, PMS, amenorrhea and other menstrual irregularities like period or ovulation pain. And lets not forget, hormones are responsible for all body functions so it makes sense to fuel our bodes to support our hormones. Hormones play a role in cancer too.
Maca is an adaptan, which basically means it ‘adapts’ or adjusts your body depending on it’s individual requirements. So instead of being a hit of hormone so to speak, it gets your own body to do the work. Basically maca helps your body create the hormones it needs. Oh and it’s great for your skin! For those coming off the pill and having issues with acne, this is one you want to get stuck into.
And for my making baby friends out there – Maca enhances fertility of course! All because it influences hormones. It’s great to influence libido. I find it most useful for headaches in the pre menstrual phase as well as for menopausal issues.
But start slowly. When you begin to add Maca to your diet, slowly work your way up. Too much too soon can have you bouncing off the walls since it boosts energy and can swiftly kick the hormones into gear leaving you feeling the effects.
Ordinarily I add maca to my smoothies although in winter I sprinkle it over yoghurt, you can also get it in tablet form. I’m a lover of loving earth’s maca powder’.

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