Maca root( lepidium meyenii) is very adaptable plant, related to the family of vegetables like cabbage and broccoli,but because of his unique characteristics is considered as one of world’s natural “super food”.
Usually is found on high mountains in South America especially at very high altitude mostly in Peru. The root generally is consumed in powder,has specific taste and can be found in drugstores or healthy food stores. Benefits of Maca root include a hormonal balance,Increases energy and makes you stronger,improves the mental well-being. We are not only talking about natural source of “healing” nutrients,but for a safe “super food” that has been used thousands and thousands of years ago from people native to Andes of Peru.
Other benefits of Maca root are increased fertility in men and women, stronger immunity, also increases libido and energy which offer a better sexual performance, improves memory and concentration.Helps body to adjust on everyday stress,hard work, diseases etc. Another original characteristic of Maca root is that through the history was considered as very powerful aphrodisiac and fertility secret of the populations that lives in Andes.
Consummation of Maca root makes people feeling more live and full of energy, thanks to its ability to balance hormones and to increase ” good” endorphins , leaves a sensation of wellbeing. Another benefit of Maca root is the high amount of nutrients like proteins,fibers, vitamins C and B6, copper ,iron, potassium, manganese,zinc,, phosphorus, selenium, sulphur etc. Contains about 18% proteins,76.5% carbs,5%fats and 8.5%fibers including also more than 20 amino acids and 8 essential amino acids, 20 free fatty acids like lauric, linoleic, palmitic,oleic and stearic acid. According to experts, there is no optimal dose of Maca root powder but many people are starting with one coffee spoon and after few months of consummation, take 2 but not more than 3 coffee spoons.
Since increases the strength,many people are using it before doing exercises. Helps in renewing sexual, hormonal and mental health ,despite the fact that is not holding real hormones. Improves PMS syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome and menopause , thanks to its control of estrogen in the body. Too low or too high levels of estrogen , makes ovulation and pregnancy difficult and that’s why controling the estrogen and the progesterone as well,is very important for reproduction and fertility,then decreases the symptoms of irregular periods and excess body and facial hair.
About mental health
A study from 2008 of “Menopause” magazine, showed that Maca root lifts woman’s mood during the menopause and suppress depressions and anxiety.The same study talks about increasing of libido in men and women because of high level of serotonin (hormon of happiness).
Another study where Maca root was given to female animals, showed that ovarian follicles was growing very well, which is important for reproduction.
Its influence on endocrine system is renewing the hormones of these glands especially helps in the health production of thyroid hormones and hormones of the adrenal glands. These two glands have major role in regulation of emotions, starting from stress levels to returning the health appetite.Feeling great meens to have healthy endocrine glands.
About testosterone and fertility in mens
Clinical studies showed no change of serum level of testosterone by using Maca root, but the consumation of Black Maca has shown increasing of sperm production,much more comparing to Red and Yellow Maca. Red Maca appears as suppressor of prostate hypertrophy, has a positive effect on spermatogenesis and sexual dysfunction.
About energy, memory and mood
Those who are consuming regularly the powder of Maca root,talks that are more concentrate and full of energy, unlike from coffee, doesn’t feel irritations or the feeling that your body shakes. Even clinical studies proved the positive impact on the people’s mood, energy and strength. How is Maca increasing the energy it’s not known yet, but scientists believes that’s happening through regulation of sugar level in the blood and hormones of adrenal glands. The key moment is the influence of Maca on hypophysis, the conductor of all glands, which shows how important impact has this root on people’s mental health.
Maca root works as a natural antioxidant, increase the levels of glutathione and superoxide dismutase,the two biggest disease fighters. Recent studies shows that Maca root has ability to prevent the development of chronic diseases defined with high levels of bad cholesterol, disorders of glucose tolerance etc. This is important for those who have cardiovascular problems,diabetes or metabolic syndrome.
Maca root powder can be consumed in the morning instead coffee or it can be added (1 coffe spoon) in milk, yogurt, tee or in your favorite smoothie and oatmeals and it can be found at health food stores,some supermarkets or online. It is available also as 500mg capsules or as a liquid extract.