Maca is found in the rich soils of the Andes mountain ranges, where it is exposed to sources of minerals that are usually destroyed by farming in other parts of the world. Its ability to withstand extreme hot and cold weather conditions is demonstrated in its many health benefits.
This root plant has been classified as an adaptogen and is one of nature’s most powerful superfoods. It is rich in vitamins B1, B2, C, D and E and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron. It also contains trace minerals such as zinc, iodine, selenium, manganese and copper, 20 amino acids and 7 essential amino acids.
Maca assists with endurance and strength
It supports the immune system
Studies have shown that it may assist in the reduction of anxiety and depression during the menopause.
Known as an aphrodisiac, it is said to enhance libido and sexual performance.
Treatment with maca has been shown to increase sperm count and motility.
May aid cognitive function
More research is required to confirm its benefits in increasing energy and fighting fatigue.
Maca has a nutty, malted flavor so it pairs well with creamy, nut-inclusive recipes. Powdered maca is commonly used in smoothies, with raw cacao nibs or powder, and it can also be served with desserts.
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