Maca root is a radish-like tuber similar to a turnip in size and color and a member of the cruciferous family, like broccoli and cabbage. It is native to the harsh, dry climates of the South American Andes mountains. Maca is one of the world’s highest-altitude growing crops, naturally prolific at between 9,000 to 14,000 feet above sea level.
8 Benefits of Maca
Maca is well-known for its effects as a hormone balancer. Because maca is an adaptogen, it encourages the best hormonal response for each unique situation. Maca root is beneficial for a variety of conditions associated with healthy endocrine function, such as menopause, PMS, infertility, adrenal exhaustion, and cognitive disorders.
Maca is has been shown to boost stamina and endurance levels in athletes. Body builders use it to build muscle and as an alternative to anabolic steroids.
Often referred to as “nature’s answer to Viagra,” maca is known for its ability to significantly boost libido, sex drive, reproductive functions, and fertility.
Because maca is naturally high in calcium, and along with regulating hormones and normalizing the endocrine system, it is helpful in supporting the skeletal structure.
Clinical trials have shown that maca has positive effects on energy, stamina, and mood. Maintaining positive energy levels is related to having lower levels of anxiety and depression, both of which maca has been shown to help.
Maca root acts as a natural antioxidant and has shown to help prevent chronic diseases that are a result of high levels of “bad” cholesterol, high antioxidative states, and impaired glucose tolerance.
There are several phytonutrients in maca, including more than 20 amino acids, eight of them essential, as well as minerals, vitamins, fiber, and 20 good fatty acids. In addition, vitamins B1, B2, C and E are plentiful, plus maca has more calcium than milk, and a copper level similar to that found in lentils.
Maca is an adaptogen, which means it helps your body deal with such stressors as alarm clocks, traffic jams and illness, among others.
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