How to use maca for menopause

Updated November 21, 2016

When a woman goes through menopause there is a conflict between the brain and the ovaries, according to, which causes some confusion. The brain is still sending out messages to the ovaries to drop an egg but the ovaries have gone into retirement and are not responding as they normally did. Women may continue to have premenstrual symptoms but no period because of this short-circuiting of a system that worked so well for years and years. Introducing maca into your system may help balance out a system that is in transitional turmoil.

Learn that maca is a plant in the radish family and it is considered to be an endocrine adaptogen, which means that it an effective and natural way to regulate endocrine support, according to A collection of glands makes up the endocrine system and this system produces chemical messengers referred to as hormones, which are crucial for healthy and normal body functions. Maca contains vital nutrients that help glands produce the essential hormones that are needed. Maca fuels the endocrine system but does not contain any hormones itself. Maca is applauded for its ability to reduce hormonal dysfunction and imbalances during menopause and aid in physical endurance and digestion. It helps build body mass and support the adrenal glands. Maca benefits circulation and speeds up wound-healing as well as decreases anaemia. It is considered to be an antioxidant as well as an anti-carcinogen. It is good for the teeth and bones and reportedly makes skin look better.

Ingest the supplemental powder form of maca. It is thought that maca provides energy, because it balances the endocrine system, which includes the adrenal glands, pancreas, pituitary and thyroid. It reportedly helps individuals reclaim their stamina and their emotional equilibrium.

Use maca instead of doctor-prescribed hormone replacements. An article written by Viana Muller, Ph.D., Dr. Hugo Malaspina, a former neurologist who now practices complementary herb-based medicine, explained that the body needs a certain amount of oestrogen and progesterone. If these aren't present, the body's equilibrium is off. When a woman goes through menopause, she no longer produces oestrogen and hormonal replacement therapy is often suggested (although it is considered controversial because of its link to breast cancer.) Dr. Malaspina has observed that maca stimulates the ovaries, which provides the minimal amount of hormones that a post-menopausal woman needs and doesn't have on her own because her body is no longer producing them. Read Dr. Muller's complete interview with Dr. Malaspina to gain insight into the value of maca, which can be found on

Consider using maca for reasons other than menopause, including fighting arthritis, according to an article written by Marilyn Christian on Maca is grown in South America, primarily in Peru, and has long been used by Incas for stamina and energy, which was particularly necessary when they went to battle.

Know that maca is beneficial to both women and men because it is rich in potassium and calcium and is a natural hormone balancer, according to It is thought to ward off depression and help with memory.


Keep yourself hydrated when using maca.


Maca can cause soreness in a woman's breasts. Do not take maca if you are pregnant or nursing or on other medications. Ask your doctor or herbalist about maca before you begin using it.

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Cindi Pearce is a graduate of Ohio University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism. She completed both the undergraduate and graduate courses offered by the Institute of Children’s Literature. Pearce has been writing professionally for over 30 years.