Are you hormones playing havoc?

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MacaIf you are suffering from PMS, hot flushes, moody days, night sweats, fatigue, osteoporosis, period problems, brain fog, emotional upsets, tender breasts, vaginal dryness, sleeplessness, its time you knew about Maca!

Rather than hormone therapy more and more women are putting their faith in Maca, a health giving root vegetable from Peru which has been used as an ancient remedy for over 10,000 years.

It is a powerful adaptogen, which means it has the ability to balance and stabilise the body’s systems. It supports the endocrine system (great for hormones), the adrenals (excellent for stress management), and the thyroid (fabulous for your metabolism), and is known to improve your overall mood.

Maca works in a different way to phytoestrogen herbs such as black cohosh and liquorice root because Maca does not in itself contain any hormones, but naturally assists the pituatary gland to produce precurser hormones which ultimately raises oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels. It also regulates the ovaries and balances the adrenals, thyroid and the pancreas.

Maca is also known as a food as opposed to a medicinal herb, which means it can be taken everyday without any negative side effects. And because it is ‘vata’ reducing it is excellent for people who are rundown, undernourished, depleted and lack energy. It is a rebuilding tonic with the added benefit of being warming which helps with digestion and good circulation. Some people even call Maca a super food or happiness herb because it offers a deep sense of wellbeing and integration.

Whats in it?

Maca is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur, sodium, and iron and contains trace minerals including zinc, iodine, copper, selenium, manganese and silicon. It is also rich in vitamins B1, B2, C and E and contains antioxidants.

How do I take it?

Add a tablespoon of maca powder to your fresh juice, smoothies or nut milk.

Where do I get it?

I purchase Maca from the local health shop in Byron Bay, so I am sure you will find it either locally or online. Just check to make sure it is 100% organic maca with nothing added. It costs around $30 – 350 grams or 1kg – $65, but unless you are sharing with others you may not want to buy 1 kilo.

Last note on Maca:

Maca is not recommended for women with breast, ovarian, uterine or other hormone-related cancers.  Also, consult your Dr if you have high blood pressure, gall bladder or liver disease. Maca should not be taken during pregnancy nor while breastfeeding. The use of fertility drugs, black cohosh, dong quai, ginseng or licorice root along with Maca is not recommended.

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