Top 5 Maca Root Benefits for Women Over 40: Hormones, Weight Loss & Energy

by Belinda on August 14, 2013

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In our 40’s we hit our stride, firing on all cylinders and focusing on achieving our life goals. But ironically behind the scenes our hormones are starting to change. Little signs and symptoms pop up. Combine this with a hectic lifestyle and things start to feel harder than they used to.

Here’s a list of common complaints I hear from women post 40:

  • Unusual tiredness: fatigue and late afternoon energy dips.
  • Fat gain: especially through the lower body.
  • Carbohydrate cravings: feeling hungrier and eating more.
  • Declining workout results: weight gain and strength loss.
  • Sleep disturbances: trouble falling asleep or waking up during the night.
  • Lack of mental focus and concentration: takes longer to problem solve.
  • Feeling moody: more irritable and less patient.

Most of these symptoms can be attributed to our shifting hormones. So let’s look at the natural benefits of the super food Maca and how it can help keep you younger, fitter and healthier.

Nature’s Balancing Function

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First up, it’s important to understand that our body is hard-wired to maintain a healthy balance through the process of homeostasis. Homeostasis is nature’s balancing function and is regulated by our hormones. So when our hormones get out of whack it affects everything including our sleep, our energy and body composition (ratio of fat to muscle).

Rather than trying to deal with these individual problems through supplements that boost energy, help sleep or optimize fat burning there is a more holistic and natural way. We can restore our hormonal and homeostatic balance through adaptogens.

Adaptogens

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Adaptogens are natural foods, herbs or plant extracts that adapt to the individual needs of our body to help restore homeostasis. In other words, they naturally correct the imbalances.

Scientists have discovered that Maca is one of the most powerful adaptogens foods for females, especially in regards to hormones and aging.

Maca is grown in the mountains of Peru, South America. The root is ground into a fine powder which has a pleasant vanilla/malt like taste.

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Top five benefits of Maca for women over 40:

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  1. Increased energy, stamina, endurance.
  2. Improved muscle tone and strength.
  3. Promotes healthy weight: reduces cravings and stabilizes blood sugar levels.
  4. Improves mental focus, mood and motivation.
  5. Stimulates sex drive and desire.

As a Transformation Coach you can see why I love and recommend Maca! Not only does it promote healthy weight loss but provides the extra protein and energy boost we need to train at optimal levels – creating a powerful synergy effect. So we can get results without starving ourselves of vital calories or wearing ourselves out through over training.

Maca root powder is comprised of approximately 18% protein, 76.5% carbohydrates, 5% fat, and 8.5% fiber. It is a rich source of female specific micro-nutrients:

  • Over 20 amino acids, including 8 essential amino acids (vital for hormone balancing and muscle toning).
  • Vitamins B-1, B-2, C and E (powerful antioxidants for energy and longevity).
  • Calcium (bones, heart, muscles and nerves).
  • Magnesium (mood, PMS and energy).
  • Zinc (hormones, mood, sleep, mental focus).
  • Selenium (antioxidant, brain).
  • Iron (energy, muscle).

Not all Maca has the same purity and efficacy.

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Firstly, you want to make sure you only eat Maca grown in Peru. Here’s why.

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Certified Peruvian Maca <<

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Next (and this is very important), as a female over 40 – you’ll want to choose Raw Organic Red Maca. Maca comes in cream, black or red variations.

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But Red Maca has been found to have several superior benefits for women when compared to the other colors:

  • Best for balancing female hormones.
  • Highest in antioxidants and phytonutrients.
  • Most concentrated for bone strength and density.

Of course it goes without saying you’ll want to select Organic Red Raw Maca from a certified quality source and avoid Chinese grown.

How much and how to take it?

Red Maca Powder is very easy to incorporate daily. I recommend two teaspoons either sprinkled over breakfast, made with a smoothie (see my recipe below), or mixed with juice or yogurt. Ideally take it earlier in the day due to it’s energy boosting effects.

Bel’s Red Maca Morning Kickstart Smoothie.

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Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons of Organic Raw Red Maca Root Powder
  • 1 cup of almond milk (or similar).
  • 1 cup of kiwi fruit, berries or your favorite fruit.
  • 3 teaspoons of ground flax seed

Directions

Blend all ingredients and enjoy!

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Calories per serve: 184.1

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Of course there are tons of ways Maca can be incorporated into your daily nutrition and it’s a delicious addition to many of my favorite recipes.  If you’re already into the routine of having a post training protein shake, then Maca is the ideal alternative protein supplement.

Have you already used Maca? If so I’d love to hear from you below!

Bel xo

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