Maca Roots and Powdered Maca
There has been enough talk of “super foods” or “herbal supplements” that are claimed to help women solve problems of weight, low libido, infertility, and menopause. In this article, we will shift our focus to the Peruvian maca root, which has received much publicity in regards to how it helps restore vitality and energy in women.
Maca Lepidium Peruvianum or simple maca root is a vegetable that resembles the turnip. It originates in the Andes highlands in Peru where it is grown at 12-14000 feet above sea level in harsh weather conditions. There are more than a dozen different phenotypes in the Lepidium peruvianum species that are not only distinguishable by color (most yellow, red, and black) but also by their properties and from the effects on the user’s body.
Maca root is an adaptogen, which means that it belongs to a rare classification of herbs that regulate the body’s response. Adaptogens support the body in dealing with physical and psychological stressors, basically by modulating the hormonal structure of the body.
Maca root, from which powdered maca supplements are produced, contains natural substances that are believed to stimulate the pituitary, hypothalamus, and adrenal glands and helps to maintain the hormonal balance in the body.
But while maca stimulates the glands to produce hormones, it doesn’t contain any hormones in itself nor does it introduce any hormones into your body. The active ingredients in maca are neither phtyo-estrogrens, but naturally occurring alkaloids.
Hormones are responsible for more functions in our body than most of us are aware of. We often talk about the ‘adrenaline rush’, a surge of energy and excitement caused by hormones. Likewise, negative emotions like stress are also caused by the production of cortisol, which is known as the stress hormone.
In women, hormonal fluctuations occur at various points in life, such as pregnancy and menopause. These and other factors also lead to low libido, which is characterized by a lack of desire and ability to engage in intercourse.
By balancing the hormone structure, maca benefits women by alleviating symptoms of menopause (hot flashes in the upper body, insomnia, and mood swings etc.). Moreover, by regulating the production of the stress hormones, maca root allows women to be in better control of their emotional well-being.
As life becomes more stressful, you have to realize that this emotional condition does have a physical side as well. The treatment of illnesses can also be hindered if you are suffering from increasing bouts of stress. On the other hand, controlling stress can even enhance the treatment of chronic diseases like cancer.
Finally, maca helps to increase libido in women. But along with restoring sexual desire, maca even energizes the body so that you can derive maximum pleasure from intercourse.
To enjoy these and more maca benefits, try a maca supplement. Powdered maca supplements are made from grounded root and can be mixed with almost any drink you like. You can even get maca in pill form over the internet as well.
Greg C. wrote this article about how maca benefits women with low libido.