Whether you’re a man or a woman, the answer is yes! Hormones are chemical messengers that tell our cells what to do, from energy levels and reproductive functions to metabolism and mood. The reason most of us think of women’s issues when we think of “hormones” is not because we, or someone we love, is just a tad irritable today. It is because some of the most well known conditions result from hormonal imbalance. It’s the Big 3: PMS, menstrual cramps, and menopause (oh my!).
Natural Remedies for Hormone Imbalance
A natural cure for hormonal imbalance is not something that we can recommend, but we know after being in the superfood movement for 18 years that certain foods and supplements can support the proper functioning of the endocrine system. While we know that women’s hormonal issues often indirectly affect the men they love (we’ll leave it at that), we thought we’d touch on men’s health before we get into the Big 3 for women.
Men – Are You Concerned about Your Prostate?
When it comes to hormone health, Maca is the superfood root vegetable to pay attention to. In particular, Red Maca has been found to have astounding effects on men’s prostate health. While it contains the same nutritional profile as regular Maca, one study found that Red Maca “may reduce the risk of prostate cancer development.” Researchers found that this cruciferous vegetable directly caused the prostate to reduce in size, successfully addressing the issue of prostate enlargement, which is “a hormone-mediated phenomenon.”
(Source: “Red maca (Lepidium meyenii) reduced prostate size in rats”), Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru, 2005.) *
And Now for the Ladies… Is Maca a Natural Remedy for Menopausal Symptoms?
As amazing as it is for men, Maca is just as important for women as a natural remedy that can balance hormone levels and alleviate perimenopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweating, interrupted sleep patterns, nervousness, depression and heart palpitations.
(Source: “Therapeutic Effects of Pre-Gelatinized Maca (Lepidium Peruvianum Chacon) used as a Non-Hormonal Alternative to HRT in Perimenopausal Women – Clinical Pilot Study,” Charles Sturt University & Therapeutic Research, Australia, 2006).
This double-blind study concluded that maca “may act as a toner of hormonal processes, leading to alleviation of discomfort felt by perimenopausal women, hence, its potential use as non-hormonal alternative to HRT [Hormone Replacement Therapy] program.”
Our female customers of all ages have reported improved hormonal health when taking maca over time, experiencing regulated periods and the alleviation of cramps and PMS symptoms. All of this from a root vegetable!
Indium: Nature’s Secret
Element number 49 on the periodic table, indium is the 7th rarest element on Earth. According to Dr. Robert Lyons, indium can support the regulation of hormone manufacture and secretion by stimulating the hypophysis (pituitary) and hypothalamus glands. This is crucial because as Dr. Lyons writes in “The Anti-Aging, Health-Promoting Miracle Indium, “this hypothalamus-hypophysis regulatory system controls the function of virtually every organ and system in the human body.”
The results reported from our customers taking indium have been startling, with testimonials of immediate relief from painful menstruation and hot flashes. Because indium is not found in plants or animals, it must be obtained in the form of supplementation.
Listen to Your Body
How do superfoods affect you? What dietary choices are helping or harming you? What small steps can you take today to improve your total health picture? If hormone balance is an issue you’re focusing on, maca and indium may be great places to start.
* Sunfood does not condone testing on animals.
Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. This information has not been approved by the FDA and has not been verified by medical professionals. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.