Black cohosh, made from the roots of a member of the buttercup family, is traditionally used for symptoms of menopause and premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Studies show black cohosh extract alleviates hot flashes, reduces depression and decreases other symptoms of menopause. In one study, women who took black cohosh for eight weeks reported a 77% improvement in symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings and lack of sexual desire.
Maca root has been used by native Peruvians for thousands of years for hormone balance, sexual function, PMS, menopause and bone health, and dozens of studies show its therapeutic benefits. In one study, maca significantly reduced menopausal discomfort in 74 to 87% of women, and it also lowered blood pressure, weight, triglycerides and cholesterol levels. In another study, women who took two 500-milligram capsules of gelatinized maca root powder (a form that’s more easily digested) twice daily experienced improved hormone balance and a reduction in hot flashes, excessive sweating, interrupted sleep, nervousness, depression and more.