Benefits of Maca
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Maca for energy, balanced hormones, and the ability to handle stress better!

Maca is a root-like vegetable grown in the Andes of Peru. It grows in some of the harshest conditions in the world, being exposed to freezing temperatures, fierce winds, and intense sunlight.

It is one of the rare plants that can grow and flourish at such a high altitude and in such extreme weather. This superfood is a stong plant, that has a strong and incredible influence on the body when consumed regularly.

Nutritional Profile of Maca

Peruvians have used this root for more than two thousand years to promote fertility, endurance, energy, and vitality. Nutritionally speaking, it is abundant in:

1. amino acids
2. phytonutrients
3. essential fatty acids
4. vitamins B1, B2, C & E,
5. minerals including calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sulphur, sodium & iron.

The body has a hard time consuming raw maca so I recommend using this maca because of the bioavailability of it.

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Superfood Benefits and Reasons to Eat


1. Increased Energy: One of the key reasons Peruvians utilize maca is for the endurance and stable energy it provides the entire body. It gives essential nutrients,particularly B vitamins and 60 different phytonutrients, that the body needs to produce energy and be in balance. Instead of reaching for that cup of coffee that puts great stress on your adrenal glands, choose maca, which specifically nourishes the adrenals(which produce cortisol, the stress hormone) and feel stable moods, and energy levels all day long!

maca-powder2. Balanced Hormones: Hormones control EVERYTHING. I’m talking mood, sexual function, energy, metabolism, digestion and the ability to think clearly. Between life circumstances and toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis, our bodies are constantly being overloaded and thrown out of hormonal balance. There is no denying that life is full of vitality when everything is flowing as it should, which is where maca comes in. One of the ultimate hormone balancing superfoods.

Maca is a powerhouse for the entire endocrine system. This  includes the hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands which are the “master glands” that regulate countless functions in the body. So when these ‘master glands’ are in balance, they automatically balance the  thyroid, pancreas, ovarian and testicular glands.

Between the amino acids, phytonutrients, essential fatty acids, vitimins, and minerals, maca provides an abundance to get you feeling goo-ood!

3. Stress Relief: Maca is an “adaptogen”, meaning  it increases the body’s ability to cope with physical, chemical and biological stress. Characteristics of an adaptogenic herb provide ample amounts of nutrients, while increasing resistance to stress, fatigue & distress – helping the body regain balance. Incorporating adaptogen herbs like maca in your life can skyrocket your health to the next level.

Suggested Use

100% Certified Organic Maca Power can be found at most health food stores. It has a slight nutty flavor and can be added to smoothies, juices, tea, or even baked goods. I personally LOVE the cacao/maca combination in recipes for a hormonal boost that will rock your world.

 

Article References:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20090350

http://www.medicine-plants.com/Maca_s_History_s/1827.htm

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