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For Mild Menopausal Symptoms Best Solutions Could Be Herbal

For the wide ranging effects actual hormone therapy can bring to menopause the hormones estrogen and testosterone are the most effective.

However, using plant therapy with plants that aren’t specifically triggering the estrogen, testosterone, or progesterone receptors can be a safe and effective treatments while enhancing diet and nutrition.

Maca is one example. Maca is the root of the plantĀ Lepidium meyenii, from Andean region of Peru where it has been used for both fertility enhancing, menopausal relief and aphrodisiac properties. This rout is both rich in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients including large number of essential amino acids, fatty acids. It contains significant amounts of vitamin C, copper, iron, potassium, and B vitamins, as well as protein and dietary fiber. The fatty acids and amino acids have neuroprotective effects on the brain. These components help with mild brain fog and word searching and enhance memory. These components also give a role as an antidepressant, antioxidant, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory activities, and skin protection A summary of it’s uses and chemistry was updated a couple of years ago and can be found here.

One of the primary reasons maca root is studied for menopausal symptoms is its potential to balance hormone levels, particularly estrogen. During the perimenopause, estrogen levels decline, leading to various symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness. Some research suggests that maca may help regulate hormone levels, which could alleviate these symptoms. Mice studies actually showed ability to support bone health with Maca as well.

There are different varieties of maca root, including red, black, and yellow. Each type may have slightly different nutrient profiles and potential health benefits. Red maca, for example, is often touted for its potential to support female reproductive health.

Maca root is generally considered safe for most people when consumed in moderate amounts as a food or dietary supplement. However, as with any supplement, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional before using maca, especially if you have underlying health conditions or are taking medications or other herbal supplements.

At Women’s Health Practice we often will start with DIM and the supplement Her-T as strategies that have more research. To understand if these would help you, nutritional testing may be indicated.


    Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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