Maca for Menopause Symptoms Relief

by Laura Ramirez on August 2, 2011

Maca for menopause could be a solution for women suffering from menopause symptoms like constant fatigue, mood swings and feelings of anxiety. A Peruvian root, recent studies have shown that it increases energy, improves mood, memory and metabolism and restores libido, regardless of a woman’s levels of testosterone or estrogen.

With almost 40 million women in the United States alone in some stage of menopause, the benefits of maca root may prove to be an important solution, particularly for women who do not want to take hormone replacement therapy (synthetic or bioidentical). In addition to the benefits listed above, maca root can also help alleviate hot and cold flashes, stop heart palpitations and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

Among the many side effects that accompany menopause, fatigue, followed by anxiety and depression, plague many older women. Roots, such as the Peruvian root known as maca, have shown promise in helping women combat these symptoms, as well as others. Maca was found to be clinically useful in perimenopausal and menopausal women, as one study showed it benefits the production of sex hormones, enhanced sex drive, stimulated body metabolism, controlled body weight, increased energy, reduced stress, decreased depressant and improved memory.1 Preliminary findings published in Menopause confirmed these effects, showing six weeks of supplementing with 3.5 g/d of maca powder reduced psychological symptoms, including anxiety and depression, and lowered measures of sexual dysfunction in 14 postmenopausal women independent of estrogenic and androgenic activity.2

Another important root called Pueraria mirifica (or PM for short, also marked as Puresterol(R)) helps to increase lubrication and improve health of vaginal tissues.

It’s been known for some time that phytoestrogens (estrogens from plants) and plant lignans decrease breast cancer risk, reduce hot flashes and night sweats and aid metabolism. Red clover has also been shown to promote brain health and improve the quality of bone tissue by increasing mineral content as well as many other important benefits.

Genistein, another plant-based nutrient has also been shown to improve bone health. This phytonutrient has shown to be more effective than calcium in building healthy bone.

In summary, maca for menopause and other important herbs, phytonutrients and lignans can help promote health in menopausal women without playing around with hormones. If you’ve used these phytonutrients and seen improvements in your mood and physical health, please leave your comments below.

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