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Maca – Decrease hot flashes and mood swings !

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5 Benefits of Maca (and why you should be taking it) !


Maca, long known as Peruvian Ginseng has been used by indigenous people of the Andes for centuries.  Its benefits, espceically for women are now being documented bringing relief to many women and decreasing the upsetting side effects of menopause especially hot flashes, mood swings and irritability.  The following are 5 benefits of Maca for Women and lets not forget the men in our lives.


Consuming Maca regularly has substantial benefits and can greatly improve quality of life for females and males


  1. Decrease in Menopause and Peri-Menopause Symptoms– Regular use of Maca has been shown to decrease hot flashes, sleep disturbance, irritability and even depression symptoms in (Peri) and Menopausal females
  2. Improvement in Sexual Function and Increase in Libido – Who doesn’t want to ramp up their Libido’s which commonly wane during menopause. Maca has been proven to increase libido and it has also been studied in women taking SSRI’s to combat chemical induced (medication) sexual dysfunction.  Maca is also high in Iodine, Zinc and essential fatty acids, not surprisingly the same nutrients and minerals found in oysters, that may balance sexual hormones and mood.
  3. Mood Stabilizer Fatty acids in maca root support brain function, which may be responsible for stabilizing analytical skills, cognitive function, and rational thinking. Many doctors focused on holistic wellness often recommended omega-3 fatty acids (like the ones found in maca) as a first step toward alleviating certain symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, and stress.
  4. Increases Energy Maca is rich in vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and protein. These nutrients naturally support energy levels and aid in recovery from injury. Numerous studies have evaluated maca root for its role in athletic performance for these exact reasons. Even if you’re not an athlete, incorporating maca into your daily routine could be an excellent way to bring a spring back into your step and this goes for males and females
  5. Increases Bone Density – Osteoporosis is a common finding in menopausal women and Maca has been shown to improve markers in bone density. Coupled with weight bearing exercise, the combination can improve outcomes.
  6. Bonus Tip : For men Maca has been shown to increase libido while improving sexual dysfunction ! Some studies have also shown an increase in testosterone levels and increase in  sperm production  in males with black maca more effective than yellow or red.


As with all medications and supplements please consult your doctor before starting any new medication.  While the benefits of Maca are now being brought to the forefront caution should be used by those who are using other hormone medications.


Recommended Dose:  1,500 – 3,000 mg Daily

Maca comes in both powder and pill form.  I recommend pill form Advocares Formula W is one example.  Most powders have a very bitter and pungent taste even when mixed with protein powder or yogurt.  With the exception of Gaia Brand in two great flavors Vanilla Chai and Cacao Ginger.  For my friends in Ireland and the UK Gaia is available in both countries


For more confidential help or if you have a topic you would like discussed – you can call me at 561-866-1211.  Thanks Dolores

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Author: Synergy Health and Wellness

Hi and thanks for visiting Synergy Health and Wellness. I’m Dolores, a Board Certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) and my focus is to make a difference in the Lives, Health and Wellness of my patients. My career began in Broward General a busy inner city hospital with a robust Emergency and Level 1 Trauma department with over 350 patient visits per day. In addition to ED and Trauma I also had 1 year experience in the area of Liver transplant providing care to pateints from all over the United States. My experience working in the emergency department lead me to become more and more frustrated with the repetitive patient ailments that could have been treated with education in diet, exercise and overall Health and Wellness. I came to see that we spent more time, effort, money and resources treating diseases and chronic health conditions rather than focusing on prevention. This opened my eyes to adult Health, women’s Health, the problem of addiction and holistic preventative Health and Wellness which would change the direction of my career. Returning to school my focus became Health, Wellness, Prevention and Maintenance and the treatment of the whole person, mind, body and soul. My masters thesis research concentrated on the development of a nursing model using Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners in the workplace and outpatient settings to ensure population compliance with routine preventive screening, preventative medicine and education of patient populations which would eventually decrease future medical problems for individuals and corporate employees. This model utilizes other specialties such as dieticians, personal trainers and fitness professionals, chiropractors, and mind-body specialists who provide yoga and meditation for stress relief and general improvements in Health and wellbeing. My masters level thesis demonstrates that a synergistic approach to health and wellbeing will be the future model for healthcare and prevention and forms the basis of my everyday practice. In my free time I practice the Healthy lifestyle that preach and try to instill in my patients. I enjoy weight training, running, competitive obstacle events and I actively participate in local community events by participating and volunteering to support local charities. Stop by and see me at Synergy Health and Wellness for personalized health and wellness assessment and treatment plans treating mind-body and soul.

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