Maca root powder – an essential superfood?

Maca powder comes from a root, similar looking to a turnip, known also as ‘Peruvian Ginseng’ and is one of the worlds highest altitude cultivated crops, growing in the Andes at 12,000-15,000 feet above sea level.

Maca Benefits

Maca is an adaptogen, it supports women and men’s bodies according to their specific needs to reach balance – supporting normal hormone production, muscle growth and overall benefitting any menstrual conditions, menopause, fertility and sexual libido in both men and women.

maca rootMaca Nutrient Content

Maca is a nutritional powerhouse. Maca root contains 10.5% protein, 8.5% fiber, 19 essential amino acids, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and D, minerals (calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc), several glucosinolates, 20 free fatty acids, sterols, lipids, fiber and unique compounds called macaenes and macamides.*

Maca top health benefits

1. Clean source of Energy

Maca is very different from other types of energizers on the market. It contains no caffeine, no processed sugar and no pharmaceutical energy enhancers. Maca does not stress the adrenals. The energy boost felt from Maca is both even and sustained.

2. Stamina and athletic performance 

Studies have shown that Maca improves stamina in distance racing and helps to build muscle, and define muscle. Read study

3. Chronic Fatique syndrome

Maca has shown positive results for reducing the effects of chronic fatigue syndrome in a variety of individual tests.

4. Libido, sexual function & Fertility

A potent aphrodesiac among the native Peruvian population. Maca has been successful in increasing the libido of both men and women.

The most well documented traditional use for Maca is for increasing fertility both in female and male humans and in animals. Incan farmers used it 1000s of years ago to boost their populations of livestock. Read study

5. Hormone balance

Maca contains a variety of amino acids, which are the building blocks of hormones. Research has shown that taking Maca regularly can balance hormones within both men and women. Maca does not contain hormones, but the building blocks from which the body can create them.

When Acne is a result of hormone imbalance, eating Maca can be used to treat Acne. Naturally. With zero side effects.

6. Stress, Anxiety, Mood and Depression

Taken regularly, Maca works to elevate emotional mood. This is most likely a function of the dense nutrition within the root combined with it’s hormone balancing properties and unique nutrients called macamides. In a study with post-menopausal women, Maca reduced their depression and anxiety and improved sexual dysfunction. Read study here

7. Menopause support

One of the most common uses for Maca is to relieve the symptoms of menopause, including significant reduction in hot flashes and night sweats after using Maca powder regularly, due to Maca’s phenomenal hormone balancing properties. Read study 

8. Improved circulation

One of the most interesting properties of Maca is that it has been seen to improve blood circulation, thereby reducing anemia and improving wound healing time. People on blood pressure medication should monitor themselves carefully when starting to take Maca as their blood pressure may decrease from taking it.

9. HypoThyroid 

The iodine content in Maca is in a bio-available form that can readily be used by the and thyroid to help balance hormones.

  • 4 teaspoons of Maca (1.3 tbsp) gives .156 mg, or 100% RDA

Based on our experience taking Maca will be a health and vitality boosting experience for nearly everyone. But if you have any of the following please consult your doctor before starting with Maca:

  • Iodine sensitivity or allergy
  • Autoimmune thyroid disease
  • Goiters or other nodules on the thyroid

 * credit: http://www.themacateam.com/maca-nutrition-facts

** A pilot investigation into the effect of maca supplementation on physical activity and sexual desire in sportsmen.