This super-food has exploded in the social scene over the past couple of years, and we just had to get in on the maca buzz to see what it’s all about. Scroll down and read all about this Peruvian native plant!
What is it?
Maca root is a herbaceous plant that is grown and is solely used as a root vegetable or a medicinal herb.
Why is it good for you?
Jam-packed with nutrients, it is a great source of key minerals and vitamins including vitamin C and iron. It is also a good source of carbs, proteins, and fiber while being low in fat. It has anti-oxidants known as polyphenol and glucosinolates which have a protective effect against UV rays. This makes maca a great home-made DIY sunscreen when used on the skin.
Maca root increases the volume, count and activity of sperm, which in turn increases the libido in both men and women, as well as to increase fertility in men. In women, it is known to help relieve symptoms of menopause, and to protect the bone health in women after menopause.
Maca ties in with an increase in athletic performance by helping boost energy, increase strength and improve endurance. In addition, it reduces anxiety and symptoms of depression through compounds known as flavonoids.
How to take it?
Including maca into your diet is pretty simple. Add it into your favorite smoothie, your breakfast bowl of oatmeal, or even bake it into your next batch of cookies. Maca comes in capsule form and can be taken as supplements. A word of caution, it can be a bit bitter. Try adding acai to sweeten things out. For more on the benefits of acai, click here.