Maca is one of the most significant plants in Peru. For 3000 years, Peruvians have been cultivating this plant as a vegetable crop for meals, drinks and for its medicinal use.
Despite of the insufficient evidence that shows the effectiveness of Maca root to certain illnesses, thousands of people still prefer to use this herb for relief. More and more menopausal women who have tried products from Maca plant have testified for its power to lessen or eliminate menopausal symptoms.
What is Maca Plant?
Maca with a scientific name Lepidium meyenii, also often called Maino or Peruvian ginseng. In Swedish, it is mostly known as Maca.
Maca is a plant relative of radish with odor similar to butterscotch. Its root is mostly used for its medicinal properties. But also could be eaten as soup, baked or roasted. Maca is also sometimes used to turn into a healthy drink called Maca chichi.
The Maca herb can grow well in colder regions, specifically in the Andes Mountains in Peru. This is why it is not readily available to be grown in home gardens from different regions. However, the herb is available in supplement form. It is often sold as powder, tablet and capsule or extract form of supplement.
Maca Root for Menopause
Maca root contains active ingredients that could help balance the level of hormones. And because studies suggest that the imbalance of hormones causes menopausal symptoms, the use of Maca reduces or eliminates the signs like hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, irritability, and loss of libido.
How Maca Works
Maca contains components called glucosinolates. Glucosinolates stimulate the body to produce hormones that it needs in times of menopause. In the case of hot flashes, taking the powder of Maca increases the production of estrogen.
Moreover, Maca root works as an adaptogen, which is another vital hormone that aids to overall health of a woman. Only few plants work this way, and another plant that has this ability is Ginseng.
Maca also has high levels 23 essential fatty acids, 10 minerals, and nearly all amino acids. The nutrients that this amazing herb has are responsible for its use in cure and relief to many diseases.
Other Uses of Maca Root
Because of the numerous nutrients and active ingredients that Maca has, it is widely used for relief to many illnesses. Some of its medicinal use cures anemia, osteoporosis, stomach cancer, leukemia, depression, tuberculosis, erectile dysfunction, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and boosts the immune system. It is also used to improve the memory, enhance energy, stamina, athletic performance and fertility. Many women also use Maca root for menstrual problems.
Side Effects of Maca
Maca is known safe to be taken in large doses up to 3 grams daily for 4 months. However, special caution should be practiced for its use in pregnant and breastfeeding women as its safety is not yet established on these groups. Also, caution is required for its use in individuals that have hormone sensitive conditions like breast cancer, uterine cancer and uterine fibroids.
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