8 Reasons You Need Maca Powder
Have you heard of maca powder yet? Lately this superfood has been turning up at more and more grocery and health food stores. It's not a new food at all. In fact, maca has been around since ancient civilizations. Similar to turnips, its been growing in the high altitude of the Andes Mountains in South American for thousands of years. The Andes people survived mainly on maca as not much else grew at such high elevations. They didn't coin the term superfood, but they did believe maca had some incredible benefits. And I'm here to tell you 8 of them. (This post contains some affiliate links. To order your own maca powder, just click the Amazon link).
1. Enhance Energy
Maca is rich in amino acids (it contains nearly all of them), fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. It is 10.9% protein, 8.5% fiber, and 59% carbs. You might think, "woa that's a lot of carbs," but stick with me here. All those carbs and amino acids mean an increase in energy levels. Amino acids drive cell functions and minerals are essential for metabolic processes and for growing strong bones, teeth, nails, hair, skin, and for converting our food to energy. All those amino acids also mean a boost to your thyroid which of course, regulates your energy and metabolism.
2. Reduce Risk of Heart Disease
Like most plants we eat, maca contains sterols. Sterols work to reduce the absorption of cholesterol in the body and as a result your cholesterol levels will lower if you eat healthy. Of course, it's a more complicated process than this, but this is the cliff note version.
3. Resist Disease
Maca contains calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, sodium, copper, zinc, manganese, iron, selenium, and boron. All of these essential vitamins and minerals work to keep cells functioning as they should. In fact, maca is considered an adaptogen--a substance that raises the body's resistance to disease. Who doesn't want that?
4. Support Adrenal Glands
Maca has the ability to support tired adrenal glands and may even be beneficial for those suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome.
5. Hormone Balance
Remember all those amino acids I told you about? Well, amino acids are vital to the hormonal/endocrine system. In case you forgot your 8th grade biology class (I did), hormones are made up of amino acids. Taking maca on a regular basis can help regulate hormone levels in both men and women.
6. Increase Fertility
Ancient civilizations knew that maca increased fertility in people and in their livestock. They relied heavily on the plant and powder to sustain and increase life. Scientists now know that the sex hormones progesterone, testosterone, and estrogen are all amino acid based. A regular intake of all amino acids will support your endocrine system and increase regular hormonal function leading to fertility.
7. Decrease Depression
The ability maca has to decrease depression has to do with again, the amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. Not all cases of depression are linked to poor diet, but those that are will likely benefit from taking maca on a regular basis. If you'd like more information on studies that have been done you can visit www.themacateam.com
8. Enhance Fitness
Maca isn't a magic supplement, but the Inca warriors of old knew that taking maca before battle would increase their energy and help them perform better. More energy means longer and more effective workouts. Maca is anabolic, which means it helps build muscle. Plus, those balanced hormones I told you about are going to help your athletic performance as well.
How To Use Maca
Start with 1 teaspoon a day and after a couple weeks you can increase to 3 teaspoons if you want. Try tossing maca powder in with your smoothie, pancake batter, or even in your latte. See my recipe for a maca latte here. If you want more information on maca and the different kinds of maca and what they can do for you head over to www.themacateam.com. They really know their maca.