Maca is the highest altitude growing crop on the planet. Containing over 20 different fatty acids and coming from the radish broccoli cauliflower family, makes Maca a kind of an oily radish vegetable- so unique.
For thousands of years, South American tribes have used Maca for its powerful strength and libido enhancing properties.
Maca’s list of benefits is impressive:
- Increases energy and Endurance- Maca has an ability to provide more energy but unlike other stimulants, it will not over-stimulating the body’s systems.
- Rebuilds the immune system
- Being a powerful adaptogen, Maca has the ability to balance and stabilize the body’s cardiovascular, nervous, musculature and lymphatic systems- adaptogen’s also boost immunity and increase the body’s overall vitality.
- Maca assists in regulating and balancing the delicate endocrine system which is often out of balance which then leads to all manner of ill health. Your endocrine system includes your Hypothalamus, Adrenal glands, Thyroid and Parathyroid, Pancreas, Thymus, Ovaries/testies and Pituitary gland, so something to assist in balancing this amazing system of ours is well received by the body.
- Used by the South American tribes to improve sexual function and enhance fertility, Maca was often used before setting out on long journeys due to its energy and endurance enhancing properties. More recently Maca has been found to assist in the alleviation of depression and can also assist in enhancing memory and learning.
How can you use it?
Simply heating your choice of milk on the stove top and slowly adding a tablespoon (or two) of Maca is a favourite winter drink of mine, some have a coffee- i have Maca. With its almost caramel flavours, I’m sure Maca will become another super food staple in your cupboard.
As the warmer months so welcomingly start to move in on us, an icy cold Maca Smoothie is always a mid morning favourite at our place.
1 Tablespoon Maca Root powder
2 Brazil Nuts
1 Cup Almond Milk
2 Tablespoons cacao powder
1 Teaspoon Cacao nibs add texture and provide more of a chocolate flavour
1 Date to sweeten.
1 Heaped teaspoon of Hemp Seeds
Place all ingredients into a blender- adding a few cubes of ice if desired.
Be careful- Maca is 60% carbohydrate with a mere 10% protein content, with the remaining nutrients coming from healthy fatty acids. Maca is literally a root vegetable, a distant relative of the radish, hence its powerful energy coming from that stored energy within its root vegetable body, so as with all things- moderation.