|A note from Holistic Healing News Publisher Trina Becksted:
In searching for an article to share with our Holistic Healing News readers on the benefits of Maca, we found this article. We attended the American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine’s conference and met several of the presenting physicians there who also author articles for Life Extension. When we found this one we were delighted to note the source and want to share it since so many women are searching for natural remedies with no side effects to overcome the challenges of menopause…..
By Julius Goepp, MD
According to recent research, conventional medicine largely fails the estimated 60% of American women aged 40-65 who seek relief from menopausal symptoms each year.1
The problem lies in an unconscionable lack of safe, effective options.
Many women will no longer submit to standard hormone replacement therapy and risk the dangers of synthetic and horse-derived hormone drugs like Premarin® and Prempro®. Doctors persist in prescribing these drugs even after the Womens Health Initiative exposed their deadly side effects in 2002 and 2004.2-4
Many aging women are challenged with the safer option of bioidentical hormone therapy thanks to FDA-induced inflated prices, medical bias, and obstructionist government practices.
Fortunately, there remains a small but significant community of scientists committed to finding natural methods for optimal menopause management.
In a little-known advance, researchers recently uncovered a novel method to control the rapid hormonal fluctuations at the heart of menopausal suffering. They have documented potent anti-menopausal effects in a novel extract of maca root (Lepidium meyenii, also known as Lepidium peruvianum), a clinically proven adaptogen native to South America.
In this article, the results of their findings are detailed. Using a highly refined, standardized form of maca, up to 87% of women reported positive improvements in relief of menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, fatigue, night sweats, and mood swings.5
Additional research has documented macas ability to improve sexual desire and fertility and reduce menopause-induced stress and weight gain, along with beneficial effects on lipid levels and bone density.6-11
Here you will discover how maca operates differently than other therapeutic regimens, in part by promoting optimal function of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA)axis.12,13 This complex set of structures originating within the brain governs the endocrine (hormone) system, exerting favorable effects not only on aging ovaries, but on the thyroid and adrenal glands as well, to support improved hormonal balance, greater energy, and vitality in women going through menopause. The result is a cutting-edge, multimodal approach that may revolutionize menopause management in the future.
A Scientifically Validated, Natural Alternative
Cultivated exclusively above 12,000 feet in the remote central highlands of the Andes, maca (Lepidium meyenii, also known as L. peruvianum) is a cruciferous plant whose fleshy bulb has been used since the pre-Columbian era as a fertility enhancer and aphrodisiac for both sexes.14-16 It is prized in traditional Peruvian medicine as an adaptogen with particular utility in easing the physical and emotional stresses of menopause.14,17 Modern-day scientific methods, as applied first in high-tech laboratories in Peru and now around the world, have revealed compelling biochemical features of the maca bulb that bear out its traditional therapeutic applications.
In animal studies, maca is capable of reducing and in some cases entirely neutralizing variations in body chemistry induced by stress. In animal models, it eradicates stress-induced ulcers while preventing the adrenal gland enlargement that results from chronic stress.14 Acting across multiple biochemical pathways, maca also eliminates stress-induced decreases in free fatty acids in the blood and mitigates visible stress responses in animal studies.14
Article provided by Life Extention Magazine