Maca is a plant that grows in the Peruvian Andes. It’s root has been used for centuries by the indigenous people as a diet staple. Maca is a fairly new addition to the American diet, with many people touting its super food status.
Dried Maca root contains 13-16% protein, 8.5% fiber, 19 essential amino acids, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and D, minerals iron, magnesium, copper, zinc, sodium, potassium and calcium. Some consider it an adaptogen, a natural substance that helps the body adapt to stress, while exerting a normalizing effect upon bodily processes. It has been found to rejuvenate tired adrenal glands. Some recent studies have shown Maca improves stamina in distance racing and helps to build muscle. Others have demonstrated a boost in energy with Maca consumption. Maca has also been demonstrated to have powerful effects on sexual function. It has traditionally been used to increase fertility and as an aphrodisiac. Maca is also rich in amino acids, the building blocks of hormones. Regular maca consumption has been shown to help balance hormones in both men and women. With all these amazing potential benefits from Maca be sure to add some to your diet soon. It is easily mixed into smoothies or other drinks.
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