10 Health Benefits of Maca

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Maca ( Lepidium meyenii ) is a plant that has exceptional  nutritional and also medicinal properties. Due to all of the benefits provided it is classified in the category of super food.
Maca root is a source of strength and fertility. Contains vitamins B1, B2, B12 and C, alkaloids, macro and micro nutrients, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, fatty acids, fructose, starch, tannin, sodium, potassium, calcium, copper, zinc, iron, manganese, silicon and magnesium.

Calcium, phosphorus, vitamins B1 and B12, and fatty acids have a beneficial effect on the nervous system, stimulate the appetite and positive impact on digestion. Sterols, calcium and vitamin C from mace help build muscle mass and increase physical endurance. That is why one of maca supplements used by many top athletes.

Maca contains a four unique alkaloids – macaina 1, 2, 3, 4 – not found in any other plant. Alkaloids from maca help in exploiting all the nutrients from the mace that the body needs.

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Menopause & perimenopause

Dixie Mills, MD, FACS

What is estrogen dominance? (It’s probably not what you think!)

by Dixie Mills, MD, FACS

I sometimes feel sorry for estrogen. It gets a bad rap for so many things. Women hear that too much estrogen causes breast disease (my specialty), and too little causes everything from hot flashes to hair loss in menopause. I also hear from many women with concerns about “estrogen dominance” — a state of high estrogen levels blamed for a wide range of distressing symptoms as well as fibroids, endometriosis, hypothyroidism and breast cancer, too.

While excessive estrogen can lead to problems, it’s a little more complicated than simply “too much estrogen.” To manage all your symptoms, it’s important to understand how your individual estrogen levels are related to your other hormones — particularly progesterone and testosterone. For example:

Some signs & symptoms of high estrogen-to-progesterone ratio

  • Unwanted hair growth
  • Irritability
  • Breast tenderness
  • Water retention
  • Weight gain
  • Cyclical migraines
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Skin outbreaks
  • Digestive imbalance
  • Fuzzy thinking
  • Irregular periods / anovulatory cycles
  • Breakthrough bleeding, spotting

Some conditions associated with relatively high (or “unopposed”) estrogen levels (more…)

9 Reasons Why Exercise May Be the Best Medicine

Forms of Exercise

There is no debate, regular exercise is vital for maintaining health and wellness.  Again and again, research confirms that everyone can benefit from physical activity.  Want to live a long, healthy life?  Your chances of doing so are far better if you regularly work your body.  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, regular physical activity has been shown to reduce mortality rates of many chronic diseases. Additionally, many illnesses and health ailments can be improved, or even prevented, by engaging in regular physical activity. [1] (more…)

Making the Menopause Transition

Over the past 30 to 40 years, books and articles have covered the subject of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). However, even with all of this attention on HRT, many women (and practitioners for that matter) are still confused or uninformed about their choices of hormonal therapy.

The scariest part of this is that they are often unaware of—or do not understand—the possible side effects and long-term risks of HRT, especially estrogen and progesterone replacement.

In this article, we’ll take a look at both estrogen and progesterone and what they do in your body, then discuss conventional HRT for estrogen and progesterone, their inherent dangers and the natural, safe and effective alternatives that abound. (more…)

Evening primrose oil: The king’s cure-all

Evening primrose oil (EPO) comes from the seed of the evening primrose plant and is great for skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. EPO is used in pregnancy for preventing preeclampsia, starting and shortening labor and preventing late deliveries. Women use evening primrose oil to fight PMS, breast pain, endometriosis, symptoms of menopause and hot flashes.

Evening primrose is commonly called Oenothera, “The King’s cure-all,” which is reflected in the wide range of its healing attributes that just goes on and on. In addition to the benefits listed above, EPO is used for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, Raynaud’s syndrome, multiple sclerosis, Sjogren’s syndrome, ADD, alcoholism, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, asthma, cancer, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetic nerve damage, dyspraxia, heart disease, hyperactivity, leg pain, neurodermatitis, obesity and weight loss, whooping cough, and gastrointestinal disorders including ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome and peptic ulcer disease.

EPO is converted to a hormone-like substance called prostaglandin E1 which has anti-inflammatory properties that act as both a blood thinner and blood vessel dilator. (more…)

Avoid cancer-causing hormone replacement therapy and treat menopause naturally

It’s been a long, bewildering decade for menopausal women. First, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was presented as the miracle cure for the difficult symptoms associated with menopause: hot flashes, night sweats, lapses in concentration or memory, vaginal dryness, thinning hair, skin changes, moodiness, etc. For years women flocked to HRT for relief from these symptoms, and in many cases the treatments worked in the short run.

In the latter 1990’s a number of studies yielded controversial results: not only is HRT unhelpful in the long run, but prolonged exposure to estrogens can cause cancer. Estrogen overload has also been linked to heart disease and stroke, as well as a number of other health problems. (more…)

Melatonin May Benefit Metabolism and Reduce Cancer Risk in Post-Menopausal Women

Weight issues are invariably more difficult to manage for women than men because of the potential adverse effects of too much estrogen, especially if replacement therapy is used, including replacement following hysterectomy.  Many women run “high estrogen” menstrual cycles (heavy blood flow, bad cramps), exposing themselves to similar risks.  And even the lack of estrogen can cause metabolic problems.  Several new melatonin animal studies have rather profound health implications for correcting the side effects of high and low estrogen on metabolism and cancer risk. (more…)