Maca is a root vegetable originally coming from Peru.
A lot of women report that when trying to get their period back, they took maca, hence, a lot of people believe that it helps with amenorrhea.
But is there really a scientific proof of maca restoring periods?
When digging deeper into science and having a look at different studies, there indeed are some hints of the potential of maca.
But when I read through those studies, I came to the conclusion that maca alone will not bring your period back. At the same time it doesn’t hurt either.
One study conducted at female rats showed that rats that have been fed with 50% maca of their entire diet had an increase of LH an FSH levels after 7 weeks.
Keeping in mind that it is not possible for people to get 50% of their diet from maca, those LH and FSH elevations of course can’t get replicated.
Unfortunately, there is no realistic study conducted at females regarding the effects of regular maca consumption on hormones and amenorrhea, yet.
There are some studies done at men regarding sperm quality and production that showed positive effects.
And there are also studies that prove that taking a serving of maca which is around 10g daily, helps to improve menopausal symptoms in women.
To sum it up, I would say that taking maca for the purpose of getting your period back alone won’t be the secret weapon. It might be a helpful tool to help with balancing your hormones, boosting your mood and destressing. Getting your period back relies on a lot of other factors like diet, working out, stress, gut health and overall energy balance which you should be working on if you want to restore your period.
Should you use maca?
If you like maca and can afford incorporating it into your diet, then go for it and see if it has any effects on your well-being.
I personally like maca and feel like it energizes me and I use it daily as a pre workout booster or whenever I either crave its taste or need something that lifts me up.
One of my favorites are those little maca white chocolate bars which are paleo, vegan and the perfect treat or snack for in-between.
Scientific research about maca:
rat study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16466876
benefits of maca: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5039502/
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