Maca: A Gift from the Gods to Regulate Hormones... And to Wake Up the Sleeping Lioness Within!
All this talk about female Viagra and hormone supplements is a big NO! Nature has everything under control. Take notes because we are sure you know of ‘someone’ who needs these tips but doesn't dare ask.
It turns out that in the heart of one of the most beautiful and enigmatic areas of the world, the Andean Plateau (or Altiplano), there has existed for thousands of years a plant capable of aiding us in all sorts of different ways. Maca (1)(2) is a 100% Latin American product that the ancient Incas, and even some predecessors, cultivated in the Andes about 4000 meters high - where it’s difficult to even breathe!
This root was originally consumed by warriors after they observed that eating maca increased vigor and strength. The results were so promising that it was cultivated for the rest of the community as well, for the purposes of improving fertility, women’s issues, lack of energy and even sexual performance. And they were not wrong.
Best of all, today’s science is proving the Altiplano people right. Maca has become one of the most recommended natural supplements due to the large amount of nutrients (3) it contains, and for its role (4) in helping augment the quality of life (5), despite aging. For example, maca:
Enhances memory (6)
Combats osteoporosis (7)
Aids lipid metabolization
Helps regulate glucose
Protects the skin (8) against ultraviolet rays
Defy the signs of aging
Maca’s contributions to health in general are being widely studied with more surprising discoveries every day. The Peruvian Cayetano Heredia University (9), for example, analyzed the health status of the population of Carhuamayo, an Andean town in Peru located at 4100 meters above sea level. Maca has been considered an essential part of the people’s diet, and consumption starts at an early age. The University collected data from men and women, between 35 and 75 years old, with conclusions showing that eating maca is associated with better health in general, including fewer fractures, lower BMI and regulated systolic blood pressure - valuable information for us all!
However, maca’s greatest reputation has been earned recently due to its benefits for menopausal women experiencing hormonal changes. It also helps men, but let's break this down in parts...
Maca controls hormonal symptoms
Women who are going through menopause, or perimenopause (starting the process) from the age of 45 to 50, experience hormonal changes that snowball into a flurry of various factors negatively affecting the body.
Firstly, are the infamous hot flashes and night sweats due to an imbalance in the body’s natural regulation of internal temperature. This, in turn, interrupts the sleep cycle.
Sleeping less makes it easier to gain weight and more difficult to lose it. This also tends to affect self-esteem.
There is a noted decrease in collagen production and increased pain, discomfort and bone and joint injuries.
Many women endure pain in the breasts.
It causes sensibility, mood change and it is very common for women to suffer from depression.
Recurring urinary tract infections, vaginal dryness and irritation are also common.
This avalanche of symptoms usually triggers the cherry on top: a loss of sexual desire.
As always, the first step is to consult a doctor since, in some cases, it is advisable to receive hormone replacement treatment or even psychological therapy. Yet maca is worth a try, at the very least for nutritional support at this stage!
What is the formula for maca’s magic?
Maca contains a substance called macamide (10), the great protagonist in successful hormone regulation, which helps reduce the acceleration of unpleasant symptoms and, as a natural consequence, increases sexual desire during menopause!
In addition to personally using maca, it’s even better if you add a romantic touch to your relationship and consume it as a couple. Incorporating it as routine care for both of you will yield ‘tempting’ results because it is as beneficial to men as it is for women at their most complex hormonal stage. In fact, it has been shown to improve energy, mood and sexual performance in men, reducing erectile dysfunction. This is because in addition to acting as a natural stimulant, it increases blood flow, including to the sexual organs. (11)
Picture a romantic candlelight dinner, followed by chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert and indulge in that from time to time to take full advantage of maca’s benefits. Have no regrets; your sexual health is important to your overall well-being at any age!
Let’s be healthier, together!
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