This is a great post for post-pregnancy moms as well as those of us with PMS (I guess that means all of us?).
Maca is a superfood shown to help women (and men) with hormone imbalance. Maca comes from Peru and for centuries has been used for fertility enhancement, menopause, stamina, endurance, and hormone related problems in both men and women (although many of us are only familiar with it lately).
Acccording to Rebecca Prescott, "Maca Root works so effectively for both men's and women's hormonal imbalances because instead of supplying plant hormones (like phytoestrogens), it acts on the hypothalamus-pituitary gland. This hormonal pathway produces precursers to male and female hormones, as well as affecting the adrenal glands. Maca does not necessarily stimlulate it, but acts in a regulatory manner, so whether your body is producing too much or too little of a particular hormone, consuming Maca will balance your system."
Remember, Maca does not CONTAIN hormones, like say the soybean which contains estrogen, but instead works the pituitary into producing the precursor hormones which ultimately end up raising estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels, as well as helping to balance the adrenal glands, the thyroid and the pancreas.
VERY INTERESTING!! No wonder I've been feeling so great lately!
note: please ask your doctor or midwife before adding any such supplement to your diet. i talk about new products and share recipes, but am not playing the role of a doctor. thanks.
Try my Maca Smoothie.