We could all use a little more energy, and a root vegetable in the high Andes of Peru just may be your answer. Loaded with nutrients, maca is also considered a medicinal herb and an aphrodisiac. Whatever you decide to use it for, the healing benefits of maca are unmistakeable and should be considered on a daily basis.
Maca nutritional profile
Maca is considered one of the most nutritionally dense superfoods this planet has to offer. The mineral rich soil high up in the Andes, combined with harsh living conditions, create a powerful food with highly adaptogenic qualities.
Just how powerful a superfood is maca? Consider the following:
- Contains all the essential amino acids and is 14% protein
- Rich in B-Vitamins, as well as vitamin C and E
- A good source of copper, iron, potassium, manganese, calcium, sodium, magnesium, phosphorous, and zinc
- Rich source of plant sterols
If you would like to add some vegetable protein to your diet that is loaded with minerals, maca is one superfood you should definitely consider.
Healing action of maca
Due to its high vitamin and mineral content, amino acid profile, and the fact that it is a highly adaptogenic herb, maca has many healing benefits to the end user, including:
- Improving anaemia
- Reducing chronic fatigue
- Helps relieve stress and depression
- Improves libido and fertility
- Improves menstrual and menopausal conditions
- Strengthens memory
- Improves adrenal function
- Improves skin appearance
- Natural detoxifier
Maca certainly has a number of healing benefits, but has one major theme in mind – balancing the hormones. It’s known as an endocrine adaptogen, which means it does not contain hormones but rather the nutrients to support their proper production.
It is generally not recommended to take maca while pregnant, or if you have any hormonal related cancers such as breast, prostate or ovarian cancer.
How to use maca in your diet
Maca is commonly available in capsule and powder form, and has a few food applications that accommodate its slightly nutty flavour.
The most common and easy way to use this superfood is in your daily smoothie. Not only does it add a protein punch, but it also can provide the energy required for workouts or just daily life.
You can also add it to nut milks, juices, and hot beverages involving coffee and chocolate.