Well Women Guide to Maca

Maca Roots

MACA is not actually a medicine but a nutritional supplement with Superfood status. It originates from Peru, in The Andes and grows in a unique soil, rich in minerals, at high altitude and is related to the potato.

It has many medicinal problems and helps women in the menopause. Women who consume it in Peru, and have been doing so all their lives, do not experience the menopausal symptoms we experience in the west, like hot flushes, vaginal dryness and libido problems. In Peru it is eaten either raw or baked. and can also be used dried.

Experiments and research have been carried out on this powerful plant which reveal that not only does it help women in the menopause, but it increases libido in both men and women quite dramatically and there is scientific research to prove this.

It also increases energy levels, helps balance hormones and is said to balance the endocrine system and hormones It also helps with oestrogen dominance and osteoporosis due to it’s high mineral content with approximately 300mg calcium per 100 grams making it the perfect natural calcium supplement. It also contains magnesium, potassium, iron, silica and traces of iodine, manganese, zinc, copper and sodium, plant sterols which account for it’s hormone balancing effect and 19 valuable amino acids. It also contains vitamins B2, B6, C and niacin. No wonder it is called a Superfood.

It contains considerably more calcium than cows’ milk, and also contains vitamin B12. Maca contains around 15% protein, and all of the essential amino acids. It is not just a basic supplement, but an entire spectrum of nutrients.

The popularity of Maca is increasing as people discover it's amazing libido and energy enhancing properties. It was once on the brink of extinction.

Maca is an adaptogen and this means that it works to balance hormone problems within the body where imbalance lies. It actually stabilises hormone levels and is therefore an asset to both men and women for a variety of reasons.

In it's native country, Peru, women take Maca from a very early age. It is valuable during puberty, menopause and for a variety of stages of life including it's ability to improve fertility in couples, and scientific research has proved that it actually improves fertility in all living creatures.

It is particularly advantageous when taken during menopause and many women have reported benefits in a very short space of time, some in as little as a week and it is seen as a godsend in those who want to avoid synthetic HRT. It actually stimulates glands in the body to produce hormones naturally. Synthetic hormones send the incorrect signals to the body by creating an artificial environment, so in the end, the body ceases to produce hormones itself. Instead the body only produces the precursor hormones which results in the body raising levels of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone to levels that are unwanted.

Maca stimulates the endocrine system and its value in replacing synthetic HRT means that users of Maca will not experience oestrogen's potentially dangerous carcinogenic promoting abilities.

If you are taking Thyroxine, the use of Maca may accelerate the effects. You may be able to reduce your dose of thyroxine when taking it. If you notice overactive effects when taking it, ask your doctor to test you blood. Many women have been able to reduce their thyroxine dose and some have even been able to stop it altogether!!

I myself take Maca and have never had to adjust my medication. Maca benefits me in many ways including energy levels, stamina and it's aphrodisiac properties are beneficial to hypothyroid patients and menopausal women where libido is badly affected.

The best way is to use the powder and start with a very small amount, such as half a teaspoon Assess how you feel after a week, then increase to a teaspoon. Keep re-assessing and increase or decrease as needed. If you have an underactive thyroid or Hashimoto's disease, get your blood checked regularly

If you have an overactive thyroid or Graves Disease, do not use MACA Please click HERE to read an interview between Mary Shomon and Dr Vianna Muller regarding Maca and Thyroid

Please take a look at this forum about thyroid and Maca and read other peoples experiences

It can help with anxiety and mood swings, lack of energy and loss of memory, depression, insomnia, hair loss, gum disease, brittle hair and fingernails and many more symptoms.

Regardless of this, Maca is an important nutritional supplement that can only benefit you long term and alleviate many problems for both young and old, men and women alike. It helps the young by helping with concentration and has a calming effect.

How does it help men?

Maca's renowned aphrodisiac properties are well documented and it raises testosterone levels in men. South Americans compare it to viagra and it is often referred to as "Peruvian Viagra." It is a well known hormone balancer and has a positive effect on male fertility including sperm count. It can help with impotence by aiding in the correction of erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and is beneficial to those who can not achieve vaginal penetration.

Maca is non toxic and non pharmacological and large amounts can be safely consumed (Please see above if you have a thyroid condition). In it's powdered form, it can be added to drinks, smoothies, dessets and sprinkled on foods and tastes malty, like Horlicks.

For general wellbeing 2-6 teaspoons are recommended. For Libido and sexual performance use, 2-6 dessert spoons can be used. For children 1-3 teaspoons a day for wellbeing and concentration improvement. Those in poor health with a thyroid condition or who are elderly, should start at a low dose and build up week by week. You can also take it in capsules, but powdered is best as you can take more of it economically as well as being more in control of how much you use.

Once you have established a level, let intuition be your guide.

Andes With all these benefits why not give it a try?

Maca is availiable either in powder or capsules or Rio Peruvian Maca Capsules

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