Maca. Maca Powder (White) is one of the top superfoods in terms of notoriety and performance. It enhances energy, balances the hormones and can increase sex drive and performance. Shortage in supply and difficult to find in Asia. Maca powder became extremely popular when people found out about its nutritional benefits as a potent superfood and became labelled as “natural viagra.” As you can imagine sales sky rocketed and the demand for Maca worldwide shot up almost overnight!
Maca powder is also known as Peruvian Ginseng and has been used in Peru for endurance, energy and hormonal balance for over 2000 years. As the legend goes, it was taken by Inca warriors before going into battle to increase their strength and stamina, so perfect before a big workout! Maca contains 55 phyto-chemicals, including vitamins B1, B2, B12, and Vitamin C, zinc. It has amino acids, calcium and phosphorus.
Maca part of the broccoli, radish, and watercress family and looks like a very robust radish, it has an earthy taste with a nutty flavor, making it a perfect complement to smoothies.
Native to the Andes Mountains, maca is the superfood of one of the oldest, and once most advanced civilizations on earth – the Incas and Peruvians. Over the centuries maca has been called “magic, the food of the gods, a natural Viagra, and a miracle drug” for a reason. It works. For centuries people have been using it for everything from enhancing their fertility to boosting their immune system or libido, but most people simply love the non-caffeinated burst of energy they get from putting maca in their smoothies.
Most people report a subtle, but noticeable, non-jittery type energy boost within minutes to hours from adding just one teaspoon into their smoothie.
Maca is an adaptogen which means it affects the endocrine system and its benefits as well as being immediate are felt when used over a long period of time.
Just one teaspoon in your smoothie once or twice a day can do amazing things! Here are just a few of the things you can expect maca in your smoothie to help with:
Energy: Most people feel their mood and energy level lift almost instantly. Users report increase in their energy, stamina and endurance.
Sex Drive: Maca has been shown to increase not only the male sex drive, but the production of sperm as well.
Fertility: Maca increases fertility in both men and women.
Migraines: If you suffer from migraine headaches you might want to try maca. Because most migraines are related to an imbalance in hormone levels, or fluctuating hormone levels, maca works by leveling out those levels. Maca doesn’t create any hormones in the body – it just helps the body produce them more consistently and effectively. It helps balance the body’s production of estrogen and progesterone. Maca also helps restore balance to the hypothalamus and pituitary glands – the body’s master gland system
Memory: Maca enhances memory as well as our ability to learn and process mentally. It makes us more alert and aware.
Wounds: Maca speeds wound healing and benefits the circulatory system as well.
Immune Booster: Maca’s 22 fatty acids function both as a fungicide and as a local antiseptic. These actions, along with the natural Vitamin C and zinc are believed to help aid in overall immunity enhancement.
Stress: For people with high stress lifestyles Maca can increase your endurance and prevent or help adrenal fatigue. Maca can also help lower high blood pressure and how the body burns and utilizes food.
With so many benefits and results in such a potent form start adding Maca to your diet slowly. You will feel the effects immediately, so monitor your intake to find the right level for you and drink plenty of water especially if you are exercising more.
Start with 1/2 a teaspoon in your smoothie or mix into ice cream, yoghurt, energy balls or raw desserts for an energizing and delicious boost. Hold on to your hats!