The menopause is certainly not something that most women look forward to! And that’s hardly surprising when 8 out of 10 will suffer from at least one of a long list of unpleasant symptoms commonly associated with the ‘change of life’, including hot flushes, migraines, lethargy and even depression. Or when the standard treatments available from their GP are either highly ineffective or come with their own series of potential risks and side effects such as nausea, headache, tender breasts and spotting.
Which is why we want to introduce maca – a powerful superfood from Peru that can help you manage your menopause symptoms the natural way.
What is the menopause?
The menopause occurs when a woman’s natural supply of oestrogen declines and her ovaries finally stop releasing eggs and she is, in effect, no longer fertile. In the UK the average menopause age is 52, although some women experience it as early as their 30s or 40s. The menopause is preceded by the perimenopause, which usually begins several years prior to the menopause – during this phase hormone levels already begin to fluctuate and trigger imbalance.
What are the most common symptoms of the perimenopause and menopause?
The hormonal fluctuations experienced both during the perimenopause and menopause are responsible for a wide range of symptoms that, for around 20% of women, can be so severe that they seriously impact their quality of life.
Symptoms associated with the perimenopause, which causes a temporary increase in oestrogen levels include:
- An increase in fat deposits (especially on the buttocks, thighs and calves)
- Tender breasts
- Irregular periods
- Mood swings
- Fluid retention
- Headaches or migraines
Once the menopause begins, oestrogen levels start to decline demonstrably and menopause symptoms will occur such as:
- Hot flushes (also known as hot flashes – a sudden wave of heat passing through the body)
- Night sweats
- Lack of energy
- Vaginal dryness
- Interim bleeding (or spotting)
Maca powder – managing the menopause naturally
Maca powder is a delicious superfood prepared from a Peruvian root vegetable that resembles a small turnip and contains a variety of beneficial nutrients including vitamins (vitamins A, B, C, D and E), minerals (such as iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iodine), fibre, amino acids and essential fatty acids. It is particularly effective in relieving menopausal symptoms thanks to its incredible adaptogenic properties. Adaptogens have a harmonising effect on the body – they help to balance the endocrine system and restore hormonal imbalances. This is why maca is so effective for those undergoing the perimenopause or menopause. Clinical studies have also indicated that maca has a positive effect on energy levels and mood (during Inca times maca was often supplied to warriors prior to battle in order to increase alertness and provide extra energy and strength) and can help to reduce anxiety and simultaneously increase libido.
How can I enjoy maca for a problem free menopause?
Maca powder is an incredibly versatile superfood – it can be stirred directly into shakes, smoothies, protein drinks and juices and is absolutely irresistible when combined with raw cacao in a range of raw chocolate recipes.