The Peruvians have known about this particular root for thousands of years. It was said that this root could revive a weary libido, increase energy, stimulate fertility, improve memory and relieve depression. It was also once reserved for the exclusive use of royalty and warriors. It sounds too good to be true, right?
This amazing root is called maca, and it is a member of the cruciferous family, like broccoli and kale. It has also been called Peruvian Ginseng and is strong adaptogen. Adaptogens help the body combat daily stress such as busy lives, illness or demanding jobs by supporting our adrenal glands and reducing cortisol. You’ll typically find this root sold in powder form. Let’s have a look at the benefits of consuming this warrior root!
Maca is loaded with vitamins and has a high mineral content which makes it especially appealing because our typical diet is deficient in these essential nutrients. Maca’s most abundant nutrient is potassium which is critical for regulating our heartbeat, aiding in the transportation of oxygen and other nutrients to the brain, regulating blood sugar, calming the nerves and more. When our bodies get adequate nutrition we have more energy and can manage stress much more efficiently. Maca is also high in fiber which is important for a healthy heart and it prevents constipation.
Maca has been known to boost stamina, energy and enhance athletic performance. When you’re nourished with this root you’ll have more focus too. Try having this at least 1 hour before exercise to boost your energy.
This root helps restore libido and is often described as an aphrodisiac. Maca’s effect on the hypothalamus promotes a healthy sex drive and the proper functioning of the thyroid, ovaries and testes. It may take a week or more to notice the difference (everyone is different) but it essentially works on the root of problem, pun intended, as opposed to taking a pharmaceutical medication that acts as a band-aid and has potential side effects. There are currently no known side effects of maca. Of course, always consult your healthcare practitioner first though.
Hormones & PMS
Maca can help both men and women balance important hormones in their bodies along with enhancing fertility. It especially helps to regulate estrogen – high estrogen can cause debilitating premenstrual symptoms (PMS) in women.
As you can see maca has the power to balance hormones in the body which also leads to decreased feelings of anxiety and depression.
How To Consume It
Start slowly and gradually by adding 1 teaspoon per day to smoothies, puddings, yogurts, etc., then work your way up to 1 tablespoon daily. You can even add some maca to your applesauce, it dissolves right in. An easy way to get your daily dose of maca is to make a smoothie! Try this:
In a blender add:
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 handful fresh spinach (you won’t taste the spinach and it’s a serving of vegetables!)
1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk, rice milk or coconut milk
1 scoop protein powder (your choice of flavour)
1-3 tsp maca powder
Blend all ingredients together in a high-speed blender and enjoy!