Recently, Maca root has been heavily talked about as it’s popularly known to have a variety of health benefits. Maca root originates from the Andes of Central Peru. Although you won’t find the entire root in the United States, you will find it imported dried in the form of a powder or supplement. Many women add maca root powder to their smoothies, oatmeal and other meals to incorporate it into their diet. Maca root is packed with potassium and rich in vitamin C, iron, copper and other nutrients. The recommended dosage for maca is 1.5 -5 grams. Here are 4 benefits of taking maca root supplements for women:
Reduces menopausal symptoms
Estrogen levels often fluctuate in the perimenopausal phase causing symptoms of hot flashes, cold sweats, sleep problems and vaginal dryness. Maca root is known to alleviate these symptoms. In this study, women that took maca root experienced reduced menopausal symptoms. Additionally, maca protects bone health. Healthline reveals that women are at higher risk of osteoporosis after menopause.
For men maca root has boosting fertility effects, although there are some fertility benefits for women too. Maca stimulated ovulation in this study, increasing the likelihood of pregnancy.
Maca is marketed heavily for its ability to increase sex drive in women. Although is this backed by research? In this particular study, after taking maca root for 6 weeks participants experienced improved libido.
Protects the skin
UV sunlight exposure can cause premature wrinkles, sun damage, and increase your risk for skin cancer. To protect the skin from UV rays, women often use a facial sunscreen with a high SPF. Similar to sunscreen, when applied to the skin maca extract protects the skin from UV exposure. The polyphenol antioxidants and glucosinolates found in maca serves as a skin protectant.
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