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  • Maca helps increase energy, reduce stress, decrease depression and improve memory.
  • Phytoestrogens help decrease the risk of breast cancer, depression and anxiety symptoms, and increase bone health.
  • Resveratrol exhibits bone-protective effects in addition to positively affecting the hearts of menopausal women.

With age comes many physiological changes; oftentimes, they’re dreaded changes. One example is menopause, which is associated with many uncomfortable side effects. Experienced largely in the latter years of a woman’s life, perimenopause can start as early as age 35, and it can last several years. Once a woman experiences her last period, menopause begins, which usually starts mid-to-late 40s—the median age of menopause for American women is about 47.5 years, and the United States has about 41.75 million women older than the age of 50, according to the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). Once this occurs, women enter into postmenopause. During these years, several things change in a woman’s body, and because a decline in estradiol levels occurs, perimenopausal, menopausal and postmenopausal women experience symptoms related to vasomotor instability, such as hot flashes and palpitations. Other symptoms include bone loss, mental decline, cold flashes, mood swings and many other unpleasant changes. Since 37.5 million U.S. women are at or near menopause, and 45.6 million are postmenopausal, according to NAMS; and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) isn’t always an attractive remedy, women are in search of effective remedies that can reduce symptoms and the risk for breast cancer and osteoporosis.

Ragged and Rooted

Among the many side effects that accompany menopause, fatigue, followed by anxiety and depression, plague many older women. Roots, such as the Peruvian root known as maca, have shown promise in helping women combat these symptoms, as well as others. Maca was found to be clinically useful in perimenopausal and menopausal women, as one study showed it benefits the production of sex hormones, enhanced sex drive, stimulated body metabolism, controlled body weight, increased energy, reduced stress, decreased depressant and improved memory.1 Preliminary findings published in Menopause confirmed these effects, showing six weeks of supplementing with 3.5 g/d of maca powder reduced psychological symptoms, including anxiety and depression, and lowered measures of sexual dysfunction in 14 postmenopausal women independent of estrogenic and androgenic activity.2

A second root—Pueraria mirifica (PM)—also helps with vaginal dryness. A study published in Menopause found PM (as Puresterol®, from Bio-Botanica) showed estrogenicity on vaginal tissue by alleviating vaginal dryness symptoms and dyspareunia, and improving signs of vaginal atrophy, and restoring the atrophic vaginal epithelium in healthy postmenopausal women.3

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