If pesky menopause symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats are driving you crazy, perhaps it's time to consider the mighty maca root. People in the Andes Mountains in South America have used this plant for centuries to treat conditions like anemia and infertility, but its maca root's hormone-balancing abilities that have menopausal women raving.
When comparing studies that tested the maca plant to treat menopausal symptoms, researchers noted that all of them "demonstrated [the] favorable effects of maca" in perimenopausal women, as well as in early and late postmenopausal women. However, more research is needed on the topic due to limited sample sizes.
Maca seems to allow the endocrine system to better regulate mood, metabolism, and energy levels, which can bring relief to menopausal women. Experts are still trying to pinpoint exactly how maca helps, but it may suppress the follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), which is important because low estrogen levels and high FSH levels may cause hot flashes. It is also chock full of calcium, phosphorus, vitamins B1 and B12, and fatty acids.
As always, consult with your doctor before adding supplements to your diet. If you get the go-ahead, we recommend Femmenessence MacaPause ($36.99, Amazon), a twice-a-day capsule that will alleviate all the things you really hate about menopause, like hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, low energy, brittle hair and nails, low libido, and vaginal dryness.
In a 2005 clinical trial published in the International Journal of Biomedical Science, 17 of the 20 women taking MacaPause saw a reduction in the severity of their menopause symptoms in as little as three weeks. Researchers wrote that the participants had "substantially-reduced feeling of discomfort associated with menopause."
One Amazon buyer writes: "I have been using this product for a month now and thought I would share my experience. I’m 54 years old and in my third month of menopause. I had many symptoms including both hot flashes and night sweats, weight gain, fatigue, depression, irritability, confusion, dry skin, body odor changes, losing my hair, brittle nails. I went to an herbalist thinking that they would give me a mixture of herbs, instead she hands me Femmenessensce MacaPause. I asked her, 'This one thing will take care of all these symptoms?', she answered very confidently, 'Yes.' She was right. It took a little longer than I expected — nine days — but I have no more hot flashes or night sweats and no longer feel fatigued. I stopped losing my hair and when I touch my scalp, I can feel growth. My skin feels less dry and I feel calm again."
Until the day researchers create a magical pill that will get rid of menopause, maca root may be all you need to get back to feeling like your regular fun-loving, fabulous self.