Taking Charge of Your Health

Hey, guys, Dr. Axe here, doctor of natural
medicine. In this video I’m going to be talking about the many benefits of maca root and how
maca root powder and taking a maca supplement can help naturally boost your health. Now this might surprise you, but maca is actually
in the same vegetable family as cabbage and broccoli. It’s a cruciferous vegetable, and
it’s also an adaptogen herb. So it’s very, very unique in terms of the different benefits
it has, because of the family it comes from as well as being what we call an adaptogen
herb, which I’ll tell you about in a minute. Maca root is grown in typically the high altitude
mountains of South America, most commonly Peru, and it’s been used throughout history
for its benefits of balancing hormones and improving libido. Maca root, as I was mentioning earlier, is
known as adaptogen herb, which means it helps the body better adapt and deal with different
stressors. For that reason, there are several benefits of using maca root on a daily basis.
I’ll share with you how I recommend you use it here at the end of this video. Number one, maca root can really help with
naturally balancing hormones. Whether somebody has an issue like PMS or going through menopause,
or especially an issue like PCOS, that’s polycystic ovary syndrome, maca root can help. There
are some good studies on its hormone-balancing benefits. The reason why it’s so beneficial
is it helps lower cortisol levels. Cortisol is known as your aging hormone or your high-stress
hormone, and when you can lower those levels of stress and hormone imbalance, that’s where
the real healing starts to take place with maca root. Again, maca root can help with
issues likes PCOS and hormone imbalance. The second thing it can also help with is
infertility. There is a large population of women who are trying to find different strategies
to get pregnant. Of course, diet is important. Lifestyle is important. There can be other
complicating factors. But there is evidence showing that maca root may be one of those
supplements or herbs that can really support the body in balancing hormones which could
improve overall fertility. It’s been used that way throughout history throughout South
America to really support the reproductive organs of both men and women, which leads
me to my third way maca can be beneficial, is for naturally improving testosterone in
men. Now, it’s not going to do this for women.
If you’re a woman and saying, “Well, I don’t need my testosterone to be high,” really maca
works by balancing out hormone levels. In men, if you’re struggling with low T or low
testosterone, maca root can absolutely help in that way as well. There are other strategies.
In fact, I’ve got an article on my website titled “Seven Ways to Naturally Boost Testosterone.”
So men, if you want to learn more about how to do that or women for your men, check out
that entire article. But maca root is one of those herbs that can benefit your body
in that way. The number four way I recommend people use
maca root is for boosting energy levels. If you are struggling with low energy, chronic
fatigue, adrenal fatigue, we know maca root can help that as well. So again, start supplementing
with maca root. I do it before workouts. I’ll do it first thing in the morning as well,
sort of getting my energy up. What I do is one tablespoon of maca a day in a superfood
smoothie. That’s how I personally take it. I do a maca root smoothie for breakfast. I’ll
mix it with some cacao and dark chocolate. If you mix cacao, some coconut oil and maca
together, talk about an energy boosting smoothie at that time for breakfast. By the way, if you want to learn more about
the many benefits of maca, I wrote an article about it on Just go to,
search “mMaca root” or “Dr. Axe Maca” on Google, and you’ll find an even longer article, more
details there on the many benefits of maca root. And hey, if you want to learn more about herbs
that heal, make sure you subscribe here to the YouTube channel. I’ve got a lot of other
great videos coming out on different healing herbs and foods and essential oils. Thanks,

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