More and more people are discovering maca and incorporating it in their diet. It’s no longer a secret that this Peruvian root is a potent powerhouse of health. With that being said, we want to share with you our TOP 5 MACA BENEFITS.
Maca is a root that belongs to the brassica (mustard) family. It is a hardy little plant, thriving in severe conditions including strong winds, bitter cold, and high UV rays due to the extreme elevation of the Andes. In spite of all this, or perhaps because of it, maca is endowed with a rich repertoire of amino acids, phytonutrients, healthy fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Looking to boost your vitamin C intake? Or perhaps your body is low on iron? Get yourself some maca powder. Blood glucose levels too high? No worries, maca’s healthy fatty acids can help regulate that. Having trouble with digestion? Maca can help with that too. Grab some fiber-packed maca slices or maca chunks and help your gut get back in action.
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Although the first written record of the use of maca comes from 1553, oral traditions uphold that its use dates back millennia. Maca’s potency was so valued among the Incas that it was often used as a currency. It was also consumed in large amounts by Inca warriors prior to battle, a habit that Spanish conquistadors later picked up as well.
While it is true that not many scientific studies focusing on maca’s energy boosting properties have been conducted in modern times, those that have all yielded impressive results. The subjects tested in these studies, whether human or animal, displayed elevated energy levels and an ability to sustain physical activity for longer periods of time more consistently after consuming maca for prolonged periods.
So what is it about maca that boosts energy? Well, as mentioned before, it’s a powerhouse of essential nutrients that work together to provide elevated vigor without caffeine, processed sugar, or pharmaceutical energy enhancers. What’s more, it does this in a balanced, sustainable manner as maca doesn’t stress your adrenal glands like the previously mentioned substances do.
Perhaps the most renowned property associated with maca is its ability to enhance libido and fertility, especially in men. Since the late 90’s, a number of studies have been done on maca. While only a handful of those studies focused on the root’s energy enhancing properties, the majority focused on its ability to enhance sexual performance. Although more rigorous research is required before any major conclusions can be drawn, it is safe to say that maca holds a lot of promise in helping fertility and sexual performance. For example, a study done in 2000 found that maca increased sexual performance of male rats and mice, contributing to their ability to reproduce. Another study in 2001 conducted on men confirmed that maca improved sperm production in humans as well. And these are only two examples of the many studies conducted worldwide yielding the same or similar results.
With the above information in mind, it is not surprising that maca has been known throughout history as an aphrodisiac to the natives of the Peruvian Andes. It was used as livestock feed, contributing to higher birth rates and healthier babies among domestic animals. Of course, it was also consumed by the Incas themselves with the same results.
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Yet another health-boosting feature of the maca root is its innate ability to regulate, support, and balance hormonal systems in both men and women. This is due to the fact that maca is an adaptogen. Adaptogens are substances that strengthen the body’s immune system through gradual physiological and emotional health improvements.
How does maca achieve the improvements necessary to raise our body’s resistance to diseases? Well, it does so by stabilizing adrenal gland function. Our adrenal glands produce a variety of hormones which are necessary for our survival. If we are subject to lots of stress and unhealthy habits, our adrenal glands become fatigued and unable to produce the right amount of hormones vital to our health and well-being. Thanks to the elevated nutritional quality of maca, it is able to rejuvenate adrenal glands and get them working optimally again, which results in a better mood, improved clarity of mind, and a heightened ability to handle stress.
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Vegan and Vegetarian-Friendly Protein
To wrap up our top 5 benefits of maca, let’s take a look at how it can be used as a highly balanced source of plant protein. Containing roughly 4 grams of protein per tablespoon, maca is by no means the most protein-rich plant out there, but neither is it insignificant in this regard. This number is even more significant when taking into account the fact that plant protein is broken down and absorbed by the body much more easily than animal protein. Therefore, vegetarians and vegans don’t require as much protein intake as their meat-eating counterparts. Even if you aren’t vegetarian or vegan, why not supplement your diet with a bit of plant-based protein derived from maca? By taking just two tablespoons of maca per day, that’s already 8 grams of protein PLUS all the other benefits outlined before.
And with that, our list comes to an end. If you haven’t already done so, GET YOURSELF SOME MACA! Don’t miss out on the varied health benefits this hardy little root from the Andes has to offer.