Also known as the Peruvian ginseng, it mainly grows in the Andes of central Peru. Maca has reduced discomfort due to menopause in 87% of women and helped improve their hormone balance. Maca is a cruciferous vegetable and therefore related to broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and kale. Maca is known worldwide but it has been used for culinary and medicinal use in Peru.
Most commonly it has been known to increases libido in men and women. Maca has been marketed as being effective at improving sexual desire which is backed by research.
Maca and Menopause
Maca has been shown to relieve symptoms of menopause which is the time in a woman’s life when her menstrual periods stop permanently. During this time there is a natural decline in estrogen which can cause a range of unpleasant symptoms. These include but are not limited to:
- Hot flashes
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood swings
- Sleep problems
There was one study that was done to menopausal women which found that maca helped alleviate menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes and interrupted sleep tremendously.
During menopause many mood changes will arise, Maca has been proven to improve your mood. Studies have shown that maca can enhance your mood. When mood changes/swings arise in a woman’s life, that is generally associated with anxiety and depression which is very common in menopausal women. Maca has been proven to help aid in this issue.
There are some potent parts of maca root that have been shown to help balance levels of the hormone estrogen. Maca can be used during the stage that comes before menopause, which is called perimenopause. During this time estrogen levels fluctuate and cause a variety of negative symptoms which Maca has been proven to improve.
Side Effects of Maca Root
There is very little that is known about the safety and side effects of the use of Maca being that it is natural food. Therefore it is typically believed to be safe in large doses but always recommended to read the nutrition facts provided.
Maca has not been tested for safety in pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and those with medical conditions therefore if you are any of the above you must consult with your doctor before consuming.
Generally the standard dose for maca is 1,500-3,000mg which should always be accompanied by food and water.
With Maca Root being an ingredient in Bust Bunny Hormonal Balance capsules, most women will see a noticeable change in their symptoms for menopause and PMS. The herb is natural and is considered safe by the FDA (it is listed on their Generally Regarded as Safe list, or GRA). Maca Root has been used to effectively assist women for many years.