Is it safe to have Macaroots during pregnancy?

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I have heard Maca roots are very healthy? Is it a good option to eat those during pregnancy?

Macaroots - also known as 

maca, lepidium meyenii, peruvian ginseng, ayak chichira, ayak willku

Maca is a plant grown in the Andes Mountains in Peru. It is used in a powder form and popularly known as a superfood since it has a variety of nutrients and many potential benefits. It is usually said to increase sexual function and fertility. It is also known to help alleviate menopausal symptoms, reduce blood pressure, and keep the hormones balanced in our body. It is considered a safe and nutritious food item for the general population and many people incorporate it into their diets.

Despite all these benefits, there is still no scientific data or concrete proof of whether maca is beneficial or harmful for pregnant women. According to a study done in 2014, maca is believed to increase the level of estrogen in pregnant women but we are still unsure if that is a positive point or not. Maca is also linked to miscarriages and it can not be ascertained if maca prevents or causes miscarriage.

Due to its unknown status, it is advised to not use maca or any other herbs during pregnancy as a safety precaution.

Good source of
Carbohydrates, vitamin C, protein, copper, iron, potassium, vit b6, manganese

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