Benefits of Maca –
I’m sure we all had the heads up about our hormones going awry while we are pregnant, but I was never aware how crazy my hormones would be while breastfeeding. It was a unique experience to watch myself cry at nothing or get irritated about minor things that normally would pass me by… those rampaging hormones were a head trip. It helped when I caught myself and realized it was the hormones that were overreacting. So on my mission to help control my newly found hormonal friends I discovered Maca.
Maca is a turnip-like root, which grows in the Peruvian Andes. It was prized by the Incas and later by the Spaniards.
On further research I found out that the Maca root contains natural substances which stimulate the pituitary and hypothalamus. These glands in turn trigger the ovaries, adrenals, testes, thyroid, and pancreas to return to healthy functioning, thus producing normal amounts of hormones! Maca works effectively for both men’s and women’s hormonal imbalances because it acts on the hypothalamus-pituitary gland. So whether your body is producing too much or too little of a particular hormone, consuming Maca is documented to balance your system. Maca is also known for “powerful energizing and fertility effects”… watch out girls!
It’s loaded with over 60 micronutrients. Maca is recorded to be 40% potassium and 10% calcium. It contains 18 amino acids and 20 fatty acids, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, silica and zinc and contains vitamins A, B, C, D, E, B12, B1, 2 and 3. It’s perhaps the strongest root on earth, with no stimulants although you can feel the stimulating kick right away – the new caffeine without caffeine – another great benefit of maca. It also reportedly aids with mental clarity, relieving stress and relief from anxiety… who knew?
Maca does have a distinct taste, which is not everybody’s cup of tea. Speaking of which it is great to mix 2 tsp into any tea after is has cooled enough to drink. It is also great to add a few spoonfuls into any favorite baked recipe. I eat it mainly in smoothies. Below is a great recipe to help you get your daily dose and enjoy the benefits of maca!
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