Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Relieve Stress and Hormonal Imbalance With the Amazing Adaptogen: Maca Root

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(Maca root pic taken from Wikipedia)

Do you feel like your hormones are out of whack? Ever suffer from panic attacks, stress, or low energy levels? That was me 4 or 5 years ago. I suffered from constant fatigue, occasional panic attacks, extreme PMS related symptoms, and other stuff like that. If you're like me, though, and try to avoid doctors' offices and prescription medications, you might want to consider taking a wonderful supplement that has been a huge benefit to me: Femmenessence MacaHarmony®.

Femmenessence MacaHarmony® is a maca root supplement. Let me stop here because you might be wondering, what in the world is maca root? First of all, maca is a plant that is native to Peru and is also known as Peruvian Ginsing, although it is not related to ginsing. The maca plant is actually related to the radish plant and supposedly smells like butterscotch. While the plant has been cultivated for thousands of years as a vegetable crop, the root is used in medicine. (Web M.D. & Wikipedia)

Maca root is considered to be an adaptogen which is such a neat thing!  Here's a definition according to an online dictionary:

  1. (in herbal medicine) a natural substance considered to help the body adapt to stress and to exert a normalizing effect upon bodily processes. A well-known example is ginseng.

According to Dr. Frank Lipman:

"Adaptogens are a unique group of herbal ingredients used to improve the health of your adrenal system, the system that’s in charge of managing your body’s hormonal response to stress. They help strengthen the body’s response to stress and enhance its ability to cope with anxiety and fight fatigue – slowly and gently, without jolts or crashes. They’re called adaptogens because of their unique ability to “adapt” their function according to your body’s specific needs. Though the effects may initially be subtle and take time to make themselves felt, they’re real and undeniable."

Medicine Hunter says, "To qualifiy as an adaptogen, an herb must be completely safe and non-toxic, it must have broad uses for health, and it must specifically reduce stress, both mental and physical. To put it simply: Adaptogens help you adapt."

You can read about all kinds of maca root benefits all over the internet, but I like this easy-to-read list from YoungandRaw:

•    balances mood
•    strengthens the skin
•    increases energy
•    increases libido and fertility
•    better sleep
•    helps your body adapt to stress
•    increases memory and brain power
•    anti-aging properties
•    anti-acne properties
•    increases endurance and stamina
•    reduces symptoms of PMS and menopause
•    helps to reduce aches and pains
•    strengthens hair and reduces hair loss

Now that you know a little about the amazing little adaptogen, maca root, let me tell you about the product I mentioned earlier: Femmenessence MacaHarmony®. 

(Maca root has nothing to do with New Age meditation - I, personally, ignore the picture on the cover.) ;)

Femmenessence MacaHarmony® is a concentrated maca root supplement taken in the form of powder contained in swallow-size capsules. The recommended dosage is 2 pills per day: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. It lasts for 60 days and costs roughly a little over $15.00 per month. Small price to pay considering all of the benefits!

My sister-in-law turned me on to this product when I was complaining about insomnia, low energy levels, racing heart, PMS that lasted for about 3 weeks per month, and then some. I had like one good week every month - seriously.

According to the pamphlet inside the box, it can take 1-4 cycles to rebalance your system. I don't remember having to wait that long to start feeling results. A few of the physical benefits I noticed early on were:
  • better sleep
  • calmer heart
As time went on, I noticed even more benefits:
  • less tired
  • less irritable
  • fewer PMS days
Did you catch that last one? Huge for me! Get ready for some TMI, but I've always been the kind of girl who suffered immensely with cramps. I would start taking Advil before I even started just to keep from experiencing labor-like cramping. I know it sounds too good to be true, but taking maca root keeps me from having to take Advil. I know it's the maca root that keeps cramps at bay because I quit taking it for a few months, and the cramps returned in full force. I couldn't order a box of Femmenessence fast enough! Maca doesn't take away every single PMS symptom entirely, but, overall, it has given me MUCH relief. 

Now that I've been taking the maca root supplement for over 4 years, I only take one pill per day to maintain balance. Directions say that after 4-8 months you can try cutting your dose in half to one pill per day. It is also recommended that you take breaks from using the product - everything is explained thoroughly in the pamphlet included in your box of supplements.

I told you some of the ways in which maca root has helped me - here's what the back of the Femmenessence box says maca root can do for teens and women during their reproductive years:

Insomnia is one of those "thorns in my flesh" so after a while, I found that I needed additional help in that area at times. I rarely, if ever, experience a racing heart for no reason, though. Benefits are still amazing, so I keep taking my maca!

I highly recommend this product because it truly works for me. If you decide to try out maca root for yourself, I really hope it helps you as much as it has helped me. Just remember that as an adaptogen, it may affect each person differently. Be sure to familiarize yourself with all of the instructions. :)

*Femmenessence is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women.


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