Maca root is considered an adaptogen, which means that it increases the body's ability to defend itself against both physical and mental stress, and hence, potential illness. It achieves this by supporting adrenal and pituitary gland health, both of which underlie proper endocrine function.
Primary maca effects on the biochemical functioning of your body center on maca's enhancement of your endocrine function. The endocrine system includes all of the glands, and the hormones they secrete, that exist in the body.
Hormonal regulation is responsible for all of the physiological attributes that contribute to being alive, including fertility, sexual function, digestion, brain and nervous system physiology, and energy levels.
Research has shown that maca root contains no hormones itself. Instead it provides a unique set of nutrients that directly fuel the endocrine system and help the glands to produce vital hormones appropriate to the age and gender of the person taking it.
Maca can also activate hormones which regulate the metabolism of calcium and phosphorus in the blood. Maca effects include faster wound healing as well, through improved blood clotting.
Pituitary gland: Maca effects appear to work through the the pituitary gland and the brain. The pituitary gland produces hormones in response to your body's needs. These hormones are then circulated in the blood to a variety of your body's tissues, including other endocrines, such as the ones I'm going to talk about now.
Your adrenal gland produces hormones that help control the heart rate, blood pressure, and other vital functions.
Your thyroid gland controls the rate at which the body produces energy from nutrients.
Your thymus gland "instructs" certain T-cells in your immune system what to attack and when. Some of the T-cells, in turn, control other white blood cells that are responsible for maintaining certain antibodies. Without the thymus' s instructions, the T-cells may fail to attack enemies like bacterias, viruses, and cancer cells.
Some of your T-cells may even mistake some of your own cells as the enemy and may attack them; this is what happens in an autoimmune disease. Examples of autoimmune diseases are: multiple sclerosis, cancer, atherosclerosis, adult-onset diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Maca contains vitamin C and trace elements of zinc, which aid the immune system function of the thymus gland.
Your pancreas secretes digestive enzymes which break down fats, carbohydrates, proteins, and acids.
Ovaries produce female sex hormones called estrogen and progesterone. Maca root is believed to promote healthy estrogen and progesterone levels.
Clinical case studies have shown that maca effects can help relieve the discomforts of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menopausal symptoms.
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