One of the biggest health benefits of taking the humble Maca root extract (either as Maca powder or Maca capsules) is the fact that it helps to balance hormones. Well-balanced hormones are essential to health and well-being, as anyone who has been around a hormonally imbalanced pregnant or pre-menstrual woman will know! But hormone imbalances can have more serious and far-reaching implications.

Thyroid conditions are caused by an ineffective thyroid gland, one of the glands in the body which helps to balance hormones, set the body’s metabolic rate, and which affects weight gain and feelings of heat and cold. Hyperthyroidism is caused by an over-active thyroid, causing symptoms such as a racing heartbeat, anxiety and weight loss. Hypothyroidism is caused by an under-active thyroid and causes symptoms such as lethargy, mild depression and weight gain. Thyroid conditions are surprisingly common, but can be debilitating (and even dangerous) for the sufferer if not treated. Treatment is normally with a daily dose of an artificially created thyroid hormone (‘Thyroxine’) and most sufferers have to take this medication for the rest of their lives, continually checking that their dosage is correct.

There is a natural way to help with both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, however: by taking Maca supplements*. Maca herbs (which food supplements companies process into organic Maca powder or capsule form) ‘feed’ the body’s endocrine system, working through the hypothalamus and pituitary gland to help the body produce its own hormones and helping to balance them to ‘normal’ levels. While there is no proven scientific link between taking Maca and improved thyroid function, many sufferers of thyroid conditions rely on this natural supplement (sometimes in tandem with medical treatment) to help them reduce symptoms and feel hormonally balanced. And because it’s entirely natural, they can feel confident enough to take it every day with no adverse effects.

*This should not replace medically prescribed thyroid medication. Always consult your doctor.