We all have days when we are not functioning at our best. For some, this is a daily state of being. Chronic stress and hormonal imbalances play havoc with our body and our brain. When I am lacking in energy, having trouble concentrating or feeling moody, I reach for my maca powder. It’s a great addition to my morning smoothie to give me long staining energy without the crash you can get from caffeine or sugar.
Maca, a root that belongs to the radish family, is most commonly available in powder form. Grown in the mountains of Peru, it has been called “Peruvian ginseng.” The benefits of maca are numerous, truly making this a “super food”. Maca is a powerhouse of vitamins including B vitamins, C, and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. Maca helps alkalizes the body and reduce stress.
Maca is also widely used to promote sexual function for both men and women. It can serve as a boost to your libido and increases endurance. At the same time, it balances your hormones and increases fertility. It also helps to relieve menstrual issues and some menopause symptoms. Maca can help to alleviates cramps, body pain, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, and depression. Note however, if you are pregnant or lactating you should avoid taking maca.
Maca is known for increasing stamina and boosting energy, and many athletes have been know to take maca for peak performance. If you find yourself tired most of the time, experiment with maca to see if it helps. Just a small amount could be exactly what you need for a boost! Start with half a teaspoon a day, slowly building up to a tablespoon.
There are many other ways that maca helps your overall health. It supplies iron and helps restore red blood cells, which aids anemia and cardiovascular diseases. Maca keeps your bones and teeth healthy and allows you to heal from wounds more quickly. When used in conjunction with a good workout regime you may notice an increase in muscle mass. Many people take maca for skin issues, as for some people it helps to clear acne and blemishes. Another benefit for your skin is that it decreases sensitivity. In hot or cold weather, maca may help your skin withstand extreme temperatures. And of course, best of all, maca is considered a mood balancer.If you find yourself overcome with anxiety, stress, depression or mood swings, maca may help alleviate these symptoms. Some have even reported an increase in mental energy and focus
But be very cautious if you have or have had cancer related to hormones, like testicular, ovarian or breast cancer If so, maca is not the best choice for you. Always talk to a physician or naturopath if you are not sure if this is right for you. If you have liver issues or high blood pressure you should ask your doctor before taking maca as well.
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