The great news is that there are
studies done in menopausal women to show that taking maca can cut down
on symptoms such as anxiety, depression and lowered sex drive
Here is one of the research paper:
Beneficial effects of Lepidium
meyenii (Maca) on psychological symptoms and measures of sexual
dysfunction in postmenopausal women are not related to estrogen or
Brooks NA, Wilcox G, Walker KZ, Ashton JF, Cox MB, Stojanovska L.
Menopause. 2008 Nov-Dec;15(6):1157-62.
The studied looked at 14 postmenopausal women. The study was
well-designed meaning that they randomly assigned the women to either
take maca or just a placebo (sugar pill) during the first 6 weeks. Well-designed studies
are very important because the results are much more meaningful.
The women took 3.5 grams per day of powdered maca for 6 weeks, then they were given 6 weeks of placebo.
The researchers also took measurements of blood levels of the various female hormones and testosterone (male hormone).
Here's what they found:It
Women taking 3.5 grams daily of maca powder experienced less
anxiety and depression and less sexual dysfunction.
The good news is
that these benefits were NOT the result of changes in the estrogen or
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