Maca in the Menopause

By Julie Dargan | Menopause

Dec 07

Maca is an adaptogenic herb that is cultivated in the central Peruvian Andes at 12-14,000 feet under harsh natural growing and weather conditions. And if this herb can survive such conditions, it is well equipped to help any menopause woman survive her journey.

Adaptogens are a class of herb that modulates the body’s response to stress, anxiety and fatigue.

No matter how many hours I slept, each morning I would wake tired and exhausted.” Jane B.​

Maca is an excellent herb that helps improve your body’s ability to deal with stress, anxiety and fatigue that is so commonly seen in both peri-menopause and menopause.

Other common complaints from women in this phase of their lives include hot flushes (also referred to as hot flashes), night sweats, mood swings, hair loss, water retention, weight gain, sleep disturbances, headaches and changes in libido.

While anti-depressants, pain killers and sleeping pills may be prescribed, these are only short term solutions. They are only addressing the symptoms; the true root cause of hormonal imbalance is not being addressed.

Creating hormonal harmony

“Night after night of relentless night sweats was draining me. I would wake up in a ball of sweat, and just wanted my husband to get as far away from me as possible. Annie

Creating hormone balance and a healthy metabolism is the key to a stress free menopause.

The best way you can assist your body in gaining hormone balance is to nourish the source, not address the symptoms. And where is the source?

Hormonal Harmony begins with the Master Glands

The master glands I am referring to are hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal. Commonly referred to as the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis.

By nourishing these master glands, the impact on the entire endocrine system creates an optimal environment of support and transition.

Maca works in the body in a different way to conventional hormone therapy such as HRT. Instead of introducing hormones into the body via tablets or creams, Maca nourishes the HPA axis thus supporting the body’s own hormone production depending on each individual’s needs.

Clinical Studies

There are not many clinical studies available to support the uses of most herbs available. The good news is that there is a published double-blind, placebo-controlled human clinical study that demonstrates significant improvement in the body’s production of hormones in peri- and post-menopausal women. This study highlighted the impact on hormones resulting in statistically significant improvements in menopause symptoms and mood as well as a positive influence on stress hormones and weight loss. If you would like to read this clinical study, see link below.

Click here to access Clinical Trial

 

SIDE EFFECTS

  • Maca is high in iodine so those with thyroid problems should consult their doctor.
  • Some people have found Maca causes stomach problems, but taking the gelatinized form usually overcomes this.
  • As with all natural remedies, you should consult a doctor before taking maca if you are on any form of medication.

Maca is not recommended for individuals who have been prescribed or are currently taking Tamoxifen or any medications used to suppress hormone production.

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Julie Dargan RN, ND, BHSc works with Successful, Busy, Menopausal Women find relief from hot flushes and night sweats, & lose weight gained in their middle years, through diet and lifestyle changes.