These sweet sips are packed with hormone-balancing nutrients to help you look and feel your best
WHY WOMEN OVER 35
NEED MACA ROOT
Estrogen levels rise and fall wildly in women ages 35 to 60—and these fluctuations can trigger mood swings, weight gain and night sweats. But maca root powder works as an adaptogen, a metabolic regulator that optimizes the output of hormones like estrogen. The proof: In one study, maca root slashed women’s hormonal symptoms by 84 percent. Here, what else maca can do for you:
Two amino acids (leucine and glutamine) in this Peruvian superfood prompt muscle cells to burn fuel more efficiently. A study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that this effect can increase calorie burning by 25 percent for 51⁄2 hours.
Maca root’s rich stores of polyphenols stimulate activity in the hypothalamus—the area of the brain that governs mood and attention. This fires up mental energy and improves focus in as little as 3 minutes.
Plant sterols in maca powder block cholesterol absorption in the small intestine. Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis found that a daily dose of maca can lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol by 74 percent.
FIRST pick: We love Navitas Naturals Organic Maca Powder ($7 for 20 servings, grocery stores) for its subtle nutty flavor and its superfine texture, which ensures it dissolves almost undetectably into smoothies.