Maca is an ancient superfood with outstanding ability to boost endurance and strength. Ancient Incan warriors believed that eating maca before going into battle would give them outstanding strength, and the stamina to continue fighting long after their enemy had given up. Studies today have proved its incredible nutritional properties.
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 and E and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. It also contains trace minerals such as zinc, iodine, selenium, manganese and copper, 20 amino acids and 7 essential amino acids.
Powdered Maca is commonly used in smoothies, with raw cacao nibs or powder:
2/3 cup almond or other plant based milk
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tablespoon Maca powder
1/2 tablespoon cacao powder
5 ice cubes
Simply add them to a blender, blend on high until ultra-smooth, and serve.
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.
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