Ah Maca. It brings me back to my childhood days when my dad would take me out for a milkshake but we’d get a malt instead. Maca has a malty flavor when added to chocolate protein smoothies. But the benefits go way beyond the taste for women over 40, especially as we start to experience menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, sleep issues, vaginal dryness, and more. While hormone replacement therapy may be an answer for some, many women want natural alternatives for relieving unwanted symptoms instead.
Maca (Lepidium peruvianum) is a plant grown in Peru that is in the mustard family. This plant has been extensively studied for its hormone modulating properties without estrogen activity. It’s regarded as an “adaptogen”, an agent that helps the body better adapt to stressful circumstances. It also reduces or eliminates the exhaustion phase that follows a stress response. Think of maca as being hormone balancing, not hormone stimulating.
Maca is packed with an amazing line up of nutrients – Vitamin C, Copper, Iron, Vitamin B6, Potassium and Manganese. It also contains protein, fatty acids, essential amino acids, and fiber.
Maca's powerhouse blend of super nutrients has an effect on sex hormone production, stimulates metabolism and reduces excess body weight, increases energy and vitality, controls stress, has anti-depressant activity, improves memory, lowers cholesterol and enhances sex drive. WHO WOULDN’T WANT MACA!?!?!?!?
Now, not every Maca is created equal. While maca powder is great for adding to smoothies, to see real benefits, Peruvian maca is the only recommended form. The most studied formulation is Maca-GO by Femmenessence, where the reported benefits were seen after taking the product consistently for 2-4 months. Nasty symptoms were assed and it was found that maca significantly alleviated them by 74-87%! Researchers concluded that maca could show potential as a non-hormonal alternative to HRT.
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