The Maca root has been used for centuries in South America, Both the indigenous peoples of South America and the Spanish have used the maca root for centuries. The maca root, when combined with food, was thought to be an aphrodisiac. People still eat it today for its sexual benefits. The maca root, which resembles a radish, is also a great supplement for reducing the frequency and intensity of menopausal symptoms.
Unlike black cohosh, the maca root does not contain plant estrogens. Instead, it is an adaptogen: it helps to balance out your body’s existing hormone system and encourages the production of hormones. Maca root also contains high levels of calcium, magnesium, zinc, and iron as well as Vitamins B1, B2, B12, C, and E.
Benefits of Maca Root
Maca root encourages an increase and then a balance between estrogen and progesterone, so it is highly beneficial to women entering menopause. Increasing estrogen helps to reduce hot flashes and vaginal dryness. Maca root may also lead to an increase libido, restoring the sex drive that was lost during menopause. Maca root is also believed to help reduce the effects of memory loss and osteoporosis.
How to Take Maca Root
Maca root may be taken in capsule form three times a day, preferably with meals, or it can be boiled and taken as a tea. The daily recommended dose is around 900mg.