Maca has been cultivated in the high altitude of the Andes Mountains in Peru for over 2000 years. Its traditional uses for sexual health, energy and a fertility-enhancer are well documented by medical studies. Maca is widely used to promote sexual function of both men and women. It serves as a boost to your libido and increases endurance. For women, Maca helps to balance your hormones, increase fertility, relieves menstrual issues and menopause. It helps to alleviates cramps, body pain, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, depression and is great for mental clarity and focus. But, Maca is not just for women.
Maca stimulates and nourishes the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. These two glands regulate the other glands in the body and when in balance, they help bring balance to the adrenal, thyroid, pancreas and ovarian glands. Instead of providing hormones to the body, Maca works as an adaptogen, meaning it responds to different people’s needs individually. If your body is producing too much of a particular hormone, Maca will help regulate the production downward. However, if you’re producing too little, it will help regulate the production upward.
Maca helps your overall health in a number of ways. It supplies iron and helps restore red blood cells, which aids anemia and cardiovascular diseases. Maca keeps your bones and teeth healthy and allows you to heal from wounds more quickly. Maca can increase energy levels and stamina. Many athletes take Maca for peak performance. If you find yourself tired quite a bit, experiment with Maca to see if it helps. Just a small amount could be exactly what you need for a boost. Many people take Maca for help with skin issues like acne, It also helps skin decrease sensitivity, being great for hot or cold weather.
Maca root powder is comprised of approximately 18% protein, 76% carbohydrates, 5% fat, and 9% fiber (indigestible carbohydrates). Maca goes great in the Energy Food, Supreme Plant Protein with Greens, smoothies or shakes.
Maca provides a powerful source of nutrition, including:
- Over 20 amino acids, including 8 essential amino acids
- 20 free-form fatty acids (such as lauric, linolenic, palmitic acid, oleic , and steric acid)
- Vitamins B-1, B-2, C and E
Maca is also a rich source of phytonutrients.
Recommended dosage: Start with 1 teaspoon daily and possibly work up to 2 tablespoons, spread throughout the day. If you are pregnant or lactating, have liver issues you should consult your health care professional before taking Maca.