Maca or Vitex for Fertility
Which is better maca or vitex? I have endometriosis and underactive thyroid and also premenopause, I think.
Vitex and Maca can be taken in combination because they do not interact with each other and support the body in different ways.
Maca supports the adrenal glands, the thyroid gland and the reproductive organs.
Maca has been used successfully by people in Peru by centuries as part of their diet. Recent studies on maca root powder have revealed a number of health benefits. Maca is both a food and an herb and promotes hormone balance (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone) and healthy male and female sexual functioning.
Native Peruvians consume Maca as part of their regular diet, and have a very low rate of breast, uterine and prostate cancer.
Maca is recommended for perimenopause and menopause symptoms related to hot flashes, irregular periods, spotting and estrogen dominant conditions like endometriosis, fibroids, and PCOS.
Maca is not like hormone replacement therapy as it has not hormonal action on the body, but works as a tonic to support the endocrine system including ovaries, testis, thyroid gland and adrenal glands.
Maca is non-toxic and has no reported side effects if taken according to the recommended dosages. Maca increases your overall stamina and energy levels.
Maca is also recommended in premenopause or perimenopause to regulate estrogen levels and maintain balance. During this time estrogen levels tend to
fluctuate either being to high or too low. Maca helps make sure sharp sudden drops of estrogen do not occur and that estrogen does not increase too much. High levels of estrogen are linked to edometriosis, thyroid dysfunction, PCOS, fibrids and infertility.
The recommended dosage to support hormonal balance is 1,000-3,000 mg per day.
Vitex is considered the woman's herb “par excellence” because it works by stimulating the pituitary gland to increase the production of luteinizing hormone (LH) helping stimulate ovulation and the production of progesterone. It is used to re-establish regular ovulatory cycles after months of missed periods during perimenopause or when ovarian reserves are low. By stimulating the production of LH, Vitex helps balance high levels follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and high levels of prolactin.
Because of its action on stimulating progesterone production, it is used in alternative medicine to treat short luteal phase, irregular periods and estrogen dominance causing infertility. The common recommended dosage is about 1,000mg per day.
Vitex is a slow acting herb and it usually takes 3 months to notice improvement on the menstrual cycles when taking Vitex regularly each day, except during periods. Vitex is very safe and can be taken for months or even years if required.
Both Maca and Vitex are beneficial for women with poor hormonal balance, Vitex works more therapeutically and Maca works more as a reproductive tonic and fertility food.
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