Have you heard of Maca root?
It is a natural food, powerful antioxidant, autoimmune, hormonal stabilizer, restorative, nutrient, invigorating, stress regulator and extraordinary aphrodisiac, among other benefits.
It has been used for more than 2,000 years by the Incas as a powerful aphrodisiac and as a supplement to strengthen and increase the resistance of their warriors. It is grown in Peru and is native to the Andes. The climate and its high pressure characteristic of the Andean zone favors the adaptation of crops to survive, acquiring more strength and resistance than in any other terrain.
For this reason it has the characteristic of being adaptogen : balances the body by increasing our ability to adapt to external factors and thus cope with stress and avoid its side effects.
What is maca? It is a radish-like tuber (from the watercress family). Its underground roots absorb the maximum power of the minerals and active ingredients of the highlands of the Andes.
Why is its root so extraordinary - active ingredients
- Minerals, trace elements: iron, manganese, copper, zinc, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium. Amino acids (all except tryptophan).
- Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B6, Vit C, Vit E.
- Fatty acids: Omega 3, Omega6, Omega9.
Properties and benefits
- Brain: Strengthens the brain system (B). Increases concentration and memory. Causes mental clarity.
- Nervous system: By being adaptogenic improves mood, helps to cope with external changes, regulating our nervous system and ensuring stable sleep.
- Musculature: Stimulates muscle growth. Increases the performance, strength and resistance of our body.
- Immune system: Maca is a highly recommended product to prevent and strengthen the immune system, being of great help in chemotherapy stages and autoimmune diseases.
- Nourishes, cares and strengthens skin , bones, teeth and hair. Very rich in antioxidants (cruciferous family) slows down aging caused by free radicals. In addition, it acts as a protector, combating the effects of pollution and UV rays.
- Depression: Its serotonin-increasing action reduces stress, elevates mood and consequently improves depression.
- Menopause: It is a powerful hormonal and endocrine regulator, acting directly on the hypothalamus and stabilizing hormone production. Relieves the effects of pre- and menopause such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, weight gain, irritability. Regulates irregular menstrual cycles.
- Prevents osteoporosis, anemia and hypothyroidism .
- Aphrodisiac: Well known for its aphrodisiac effects for women and men. Enhances libido and provides better sexual performance . Improves circulation throughout the leather by creating more oxygen. Also called Peruvian Gingseng.
It is advised not to take it to those under 18 years of age, pregnant and breastfeeding women or women with ovarian tumors, people with thyroid disease or severe hypertension. As it is an adaptogenic plant, it is recommended not to mix it with other supplements or foods with the same function.
How to take it
You can consume maca root:
- In our dishes raw, cooked, steamed or roasted.
- Pure powder (flour): mixed in hot or cold drinks, smoothies, soups, breakfasts, infusions or milk.
- As a supplement: In capsules or tablets, with the pure root in already stipulated doses. It is more convenient to take it continuously or regularly, because you can control the dose you ingest.
- In liquid extract: add a few drops to drinks (for those who don't like capsules)
** In all its varieties, yellow or gold, red or purple, brown or black, the active ingredients they contain are not the same nor in the same quantities, so each of them can be more powerful in some of their benefits. In a future post, we will discover the 3 varieties of maca and their individual properties.
GGcare recommends taking the appropriate doses according to the circumstances, body mass, weight, age and if in doubt, go to a professional.