Maca Root Powder
Latin name: Lepidium meyenii
Health Benefits of Maca Root Powder
Maca Root is a native vegetable of Peru. Grown in the high, harsh climates of the Andes Mountains, Maca Root predates written history as a super-food and herbal remedy.
Maca Root is one of the best natural ways to regulate and support endocrine / hormonal health, which includes metabolism, energy levels, growth, sexual development, and the sense of well being and attitude. This action also translates into improved pituitary gland, adrenals, and thyroid.
As an adaptogen, Maca Root works broadly to contribute to overall well being. It nourishes and calms the nerves with calcium, phosphorus, vitamins B1 and B12 , and fatty acids, all of which work beneficially on the nervous system. Other benefits of Maca Root include:
- Fights depression and reduces stress and anxiety.
- Has been useful for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
- Stimulates appetite and aids digestion.
- Increases energy, endurance, and stamina.
- Regulates hormonal imbalance. This is helpful for painful PMS as well as menapause and estrogen / progesterone imbalance.
- Enhances fertility.
- Some of its fatty acids function as fungicides and local antiseptics, which may aid in overall immunity enhancement.
- Improves sexual function and enhances libido. It has been dubbed the "natural Viagra" for this reason.
- Enhances memory, learning, and mental ability.
- Speeds wound healing.
- Reduces anemia.
- Gives skin a more youthful appearance.
- Helps restore the adrenal glands.
- Has a beneficial action on the circulatory system.
- Acts as an antioxidant and anticarcinogen.
- Helps to build muscle. Athletes use this herb in protein drinks for this reason, as well as the stamina it provides.
- Good for healthy teeth and bones.
- Bio-available calcium, in conjunction with its alkaloids, make it an effective bond builder, thus reducing osteomalacia and rickets.
Nutritional Benefits of Maca Root
- Contains calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, protein, and B vitamins.
- Other minerals include iron, silica, and traces of iodine, manganese zinc, copper, and sodium. Vitamins in maca are thiamin, riboflavin and ascorbic acid.
- The amino acid proteins in maca include aspartic acid, glutamic acid, serine, histidine, glycine, threonine, cystine, alanine, arginine, tyrosine, phenylalanine, valine, methionine, lysine, tryptophan, proline, hoproline, and sarcosine.
How to Use Maca Root
- Use in a green drink with fruit (like a smoothie) or encapsulated as tablets. You can also add it to juice.
- Maca Root has a pleasant smell and taste to us. We just mix some in water and drink it. It really is one of the better tasting herbs by itself.