Discover how this new phytonutrient can ease menopausal symptoms
from Nature ? Health magazine, December 1999/January 2000
replacement therapy (HRT), millions of women are putting their faith in
a remedy which has been used for 10,000 years, which is safe and
effective: a cruciferous root vegetable from Peru called maca.
Dr Viana Muller has brought this extraordinary remedy to the attention
of the Western world. "Once in a decade a remedy used by native peoples
for thousands of years comes to our attention and it seems so important
to health that we wonder how we ever got along without it," Dr Muller
"Maca is that kind of supplement. Now women have an alternative to
replacement therapy drugs. Maca works in an entirely different and more
satisfactory way for most women than phytoestrogen herbs like black
and licorice root. And men, too, find that maca can counteract the
they may experience in maintaining good sexual relationships as they
due to a general slowing down in the output of the endocrine glands."
much of the current knowledge of the maca root is Dr Gloria Chacon de
a biologist trained at the University of San Marcos, in Lima, Peru. Dr
Chacon says that maca root works in a fundamentally different way than
HRT, promoting optimal functioning of the hypothalamus and the
thereby improving the functioning of all the endocrine glands.
has done the most
important scientific work to date on the maca plant. She isolated four
alkaloids from the maca root and carried out animal studies with male
female rats given either powdered maca root or the alkaloids. Females
either root powder or alkaloids showed multiple egg follicle
while in males, significantly higher sperm production and motility
were noted than in control groups.
it was the alkaloids in the maca root, not its plant hormones, that
fertility effects on the ovaries and testes of the rats. "These effects
are measurable within 72 hours of dosing the animals," she said. She
that the alkaloids were acting on the hypothalamus-pituitary axis,
explains why both male and female rats were affected in a
manner. This also explains why the effects in humans are not limited to
ovaries and testes, but also act on the adrenals, giving a feeling of
energy and vitality, and on the pancreas and thyroid as well.
of Dr Chacon's discovery of the pituitary-stimulating effects of maca
enormous. What it means is that hormone replacement therapy - even the
natural varieties - will no longer be the gold standard for optimising
health from a holistic point of view."
to remember that maca does not itself contain any hormones, but its
on the body jogs the pituitary into producing the precursor hormones
ultimately end up raising oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone
as well as helping to balance the adrenal glands, the thyroid and the
But this occurs naturally, not with time-bomb drugs which throw the
body into a dangerous state of confusion.
Dr Jorge Malaspina,
a respected cardiologist, has been using maca in his practice in Lima,
Peru, practice for over a decade. He says, "Maca does not cause the
in women to atrophy, as conventional hormone replacement therapy does."
This means that maca may be discontinued at any time without danger. He
adds, "Different medicinal plants work on the ovaries by stimulating
With maca, though, we should say that it 'regulates' the ovarian
reiterates what Dr Chacon says about the way maca regulates the organs
of internal secretion, such as the pituitary, the adrenal glands, and
pancreas. He has also found maca to be effective even on women who have
undergone complete hysterectomies. He describes one patient who had a
oestradiol level of 15, which is very low. After two months on maca it
went up to 75. He says that a level above 60 is an adequate
level. "Maca enables the adrenals to make sufficient hormones to avoid
symptoms", he says.
adamantly prefers maca therapy to HRT. "The presence of outside
circulating in the system sends a message to the pituitary and the
that there is a sufficient quantity of hormones in the body, and so
stop producing them. When menopause arrives, then, the ovaries are
and do not produce the oestrogen and progesterone which the body
minimally to function. For this reason, I encourage women to start with
maca before menopause. It seems to help the endocrine system to stay in
Doctors Malaspina, Muller and Chacon, as well as doctors from the USA
Canada, also have good news for men who are suffering age-related
They can forget expensive, possibly dangerous Viagra. Maca works
well and safety.
Dr Jorge Aguila Calderon, Dean of the Faculty of Human Medicine at the
National University of Federico Villareal in Lima, prescribes maca for
a wide variety of conditions, including osteoporosis and the healing of
bone fractures in the very elderly. He says, "Maca has a Lot of easily
absorbable calcium in it, plus magnesium, and a fair amount of silica,
which we are finding very useful in treating decalcification of bones
children and adults."
Dr Calderon has also helped patients overcome male impotence, male
and female sterility by employing maca therapy. Additional problems he
treats with maca are rickets, various forms of anaemia, menopausal
such as hot flashes and night sweats, climacteric and erectile
in men, premature ageing, and general states of weakness, such as
Another health professional using maca is Dr Garry F. Gordon, President
of the International College of Advanced Longevity Medicine in Chicago,
Illinois. He said: "Using maca myself, I experienced a significant
in erectile tissue response. I call it 'nature's answer to Viagra'.
in maca is a means of normalising our steroid hormones like
progesterone and oestrogen. Therefore, it has the facility to forestall
the hormonal changes of ageing. It acts on men to restore them to
functional status in which they experience a more active libido. Lots
men and women who previously believed their sexual problems were
are now clearly going to look for something physiological to improve
of life in the area of sexuality. Of course, as someone interested in
I'm aware that mortality comes on much sooner for those individuals
sexual activity is diminished or nonexistent. I believe that people who
engage in sex twice a week, or more, live longer. I've found sexual
to be a reliable marker for overall ageing."
at a glance
Maca is a dehydrated, cruciferous root vegetable, and not a drug, so it
is imported without any problems. It is a benign, medicinal food which
has been in use for 10,000 years, possibly more, and has had ample time
to be judged effective. It is also easily affordable.
in it: Proteins, as polypeptides, make up 11% of the dry maca
calcium makes up 10% and magnesium and potassium are present in
amounts. Other minerals include iron, silica, and traces of iodine,
zinc, copper, and sodium. Vitamins in maca are thiamin, riboflavin and
ascorbic acid. The amino acid proteins in maca include aspartic acid,
acid, serine, histidine, glycine, threonine, cystine, alanine,
tyrosine, phenylalanine, valine, methionine, lysine, tryptophan,
hoproline, and sarcosine.
According to doctors in Peru and the US, maca may be of benefit for:
symptoms: Hot flashes, tender breasts, sleeplessness and emotional
"brain fog", vaginal dryness
Significant bone rebuilding, improvement in bone density
booster: Balances the endocrine system - thyroid, pituitary and adrenal
problems: Pain, PMS, flooding and/or scant flow
not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products on
this page are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any
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