One of the groups of people who most benefit from maca are women who are passing through menopause. During this phase of life, the female hormonal system undergoes a great deal of change which can cause a lot of unwanted stress. These changes often lead to a variety of symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, vaginal dryness, anxiety, mood swings, weigh gain, decreased libido, and irritability. Since maca works extremely well to balance hormone production, it supports a healthy and comfortable transition through menopause.
It’s important to understand that maca does not contain hormones. Instead it contains nutrients called glucosinolates that stimulate the body to produce balanced levels of hormones. In the case of using Maca for hot flashes, taking the powder causes the body to produce more estrogen.
In addition to balancing hormones, maca works as an adaptogen, to support the overall health of an individual’s specific needs. It is one of a very small number of plants that work in this way. (Ginseng is another example).
Finally, maca powder is a true nutritional powerhouse with high levels of 10 minerals, 23 essential fatty acids and nearly all amino acids. The significant, elevated nutrient content of the powder supports ideal functioning of the body.
We consider using maca for hot flashes to be a “therapeutic” rather than “casual” usage of the plant. To get the most out of using maca therapeutically, there are 3 important things to keep in mind.
Red maca has the highest levels of nutrients of all varieties of maca and is also the sweetest tasting. Based on our experience, that’s the maca we recommend for hot flashes. We also suggest that you start with 1 kg of maca . It’s our best value and it will give you plenty of time to see how maca works for you.
"Thanks for your response. I’m currently taking 3 heaping teaspoons of maca per day and this seems to be helping a lot. I’m having almost no night sweats anymore, and will probably take 4 tsps. when I get my order." – Pauline, Akron, OH
"I’d been suffering from pre-menopausal night-sweats for about six months. I’d tried all sorts of things before discovering Maca. Within about 3 weeks of starting Maca, the sweating disappeared. A couple of times when I went without for more than a few days at a time, I felt the night sweats creeping back. Then I ran out a few weeks ago and had to be without for about 4 weeks. By the 3rd week I was sweating every night like I had been 18 months ago. While I was waiting for my supply from you, I found out my mother still had a bit left that I’d given her. I grabbed it back and by the 3rd day of taking it the sweating had stopped again. I’m not going to let myself run out again." – Bonnie Clemens
"I am writing to tell you what a difference Maca has made in my life! I am 52 and in menopause. I began having interrupted sleep every night, every time I would roll over, with hot sweats. I was tired all the time! Within a couple weeks of taking your product, I began noticing relief. I am now sleeping peacefully every night without any night sweats. Thank you for advertising on Google, or I would never have found out about your product. I plan on teaching my doctor about this wonderful herb!" – Gwendolyn M. Petoskey, MI
"I am a middle age perimenopausal woman. The Maca has made a new woman of me. Honestly I could do a commercial for Maca. Its sad Doctors are shoving hormones down woman’s face when Maca is such a safe and wonderful alternative. I even have my young 21 yr old daughter on it for PMS symptoms. Her personality changes are so pronounced I can tell when she skips a week without asking. I have taken supplements for years and the Maca has blown me away." – Peg from Oakland
"I have been having a tough time with menopause. Bioidentical hormones helped a lot however I was still having quite a few hot flashes. After about 3 weeks of taking this powder, 2-3 tsp a day I do believe the Hot Flashes are gone. I almost have to pinch myself, like I might be dreaming. I am so grateful. Also the funniest thing I frequently have been getting this hungry feeling in my stomach when I am not hungry and I think , now , why should I be feeling this way, I just ate. Then I have thought, I bet my body wants some Maca powder. And sure enuf, when I take the powder that feeling goes away and my body feels like it is rejoicing. And so am I to be feeling so much better so fast. Thanx so much for your product and for treating the farmers fairly. That is as much of a comfort to my soul as the Maca Powder is to my body." Sincerely, Laurie Prince Chippewa Falls WI
For more customer comments on Maca for hot flashes see our Testimonials page.
We hope this article gives you a great overview on using maca for hot flashes and other menopausal and postmenopausal symptoms and what makes it such a powerful superfood. If you have any questions please contact us.
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