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Maca – Balancing natural hormone levels

Maca is a root vegetable native to the barren highlands of the Andes Mountains and is today, cultivated primarily in Peru.

Part of the brassica family (broccoli, kale, cauliflower etc.), this radish-like taproot grows at very high altitudes of around 4,100 metres (13,500 feet), in extreme cold, wind and sun conditions.

Indigenous Andeans have eaten Maca Root (also known as Peruvian ginseng) for more than 2000 years.

Not only has Maca been prized for its high nutritional content for longevity, energy and stamina, it has also been traditionally valued for fertility enhancing properties in humans and livestock.

Still used today as a staple food source and stock food supplement, Maca is also a local favourite roadside market drink, blended with fruit or vegetables.

Maca is a whole food rich in essential vitamins, trace minerals, fatty acids, complex carbohydrates, amino acids, dietary fibre, protein as well as (hormone balancing) phytosterols.

This nutrient dense profile can nourish every system of the body and restore healthy hormone levels in both males and females.

Considered an adaptogen, Maca regulates metabolic pathways depending on individual body requirements. It supports the body’s response to environmental factors including: pollution, diet and stress.

Maca powder, is now globally available as powder or in capsules in a bioavailable gelatinized form, which is the process of breaking down starch molecules in the presence of heat and water.

Maca is traditionally known for a range of supportive actions:

Energising & revitalising
Strengthens immunity
Supports menstrual & reproductive health
Supports hormonal balance
Supports adrenal, thyroid and pancreatic health
Supports balanced blood glucose levels
Stress & Stamina
Mental clarity
Libido and fertility function

Maca and Menopause

Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers that stimulate cells to action.

The endocrine system glands secrete hormones directly into the blood stream to reach other organs and tissues.

Hormones regulate bodily systems such as the use of food, response to emergencies as well as controlling growth and reproduction.

Any imbalance in hormone activity can affect your entire body function, including emotions.

While menstruation, pregnancy and menopause are natural states of hormonal change, the affecting symptoms can be uncomfortable and can impact the quality of life.

Menopause in particular presents symptomatic challenges such as: mood swings, hot flushes, loss of libido, fatigue, night sweats, concentration lapses, vaginal dryness…just to mention a few.

Menopause is the ending of menstruation and fertility in a woman’s body and is completed 12 months after the final menstrual cycle.

In the menopause state, the ovaries produce less of the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone.

If a woman’s oestrogen levels are low, increasing production of the precursor progesterone is significant to restoring hormonal balance.

With an increase of progesterone, the body will increase oestrogen production.

Some medical practitioners suggest a course of Hormone Replacement Therapy as a top up for levels of oestrogen and progesterone to reduce and alleviate symptoms. However there is fluctuating opinion on the long term effects.

For some women, Maca could be considered as an optional, natural alternative to HRT, with the guidance and support of a health professional.

Clinical case studies show Maca root’s beneficial effect on typical menopause symptoms. Maca has been identified as stimulating the pituitary gland – which regulates all hormones in the body.

While Maca can have dramatically positive effects for many women, others can be particularly sensitive to this herb. We recommend seeking advice from a qualified herbalist in this case.

Other helpful lifestyle changes to support endocrine function and progesterone production are:

Reduce contact with environmental toxins and xenoestrogens (BPA in plastics, parabens etc.)
Eat unsprayed, organic food high in Vitamin B6, Magnesium and Zinc
Relaxation, exercise and meditation
O2B MacaFemme provides high potency nourishment and stimulation of the Endocrine system to produce the hormones oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone naturally.

O2Plus Maca+ 6500 provides high potency Maca root powder to naturally support and nourish every system of the body.

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