Also known as Peruvian Ginseng, Maca has a turnip-like root which harbours a dazzling array of health benefits.
Maca was first domesticated by the Incas 2,000 years ago for its incredible aphrodisiac properties. In fact, recent studies have shown that Maca can help increase fertility, as well as suppress prostate hypertrophy.
But that’s not all! Maca is loaded with fibre, amino acids, fatty acids and a host of vitamins including B1, B2, B, C, D, E. It’s also rich in minerals, including potassium, iron, magnesium copper, selenium, phosphorous and calcium.
And that’s STILL not all. Scientists have also identified some sixty phytochemicals in Maca (including glucosinolates and macamides) that promote optimal functioning of the hypothalamus and pituitary master glands. Basically, these nutrients help to fuel the endocrine system and regulate hormones needed for healthy body function.
Maca can help to:
- Increase energy
- Increase libido
- Improve fertility
- Improve athletic performance
- Help alleviate migraine headache
- Boost memory
- Boost the immune system
- Reduce stress
Other preliminary research also suggests Maca can protect the brain from damage, improve bone health, and even improve cognitive ability in healthy people.
Many athletes take Maca to improve peak performance. (It’s also highly sought-after by those who want to increase libido!)
So how do you use it?
Just a little Maca powder can turn any meal into a nutritious superfood. Add it smoothies, baked goods or hot and cold beverages. It has a deliciously distinctive taste that has been likened to butterscotch, and adds a unique element to gluten-free baking as well as boosting overall nutritional content.
- 1 cup plant-based milk (almond, coconut, or hemp)
- 1 fresh or frozen medium banana
- ½ tbsp PureNature Maca powder
- 1 serving Pea Protein or Whey Protein
- 1 tbsp Chia Seeds or LSA
- ½ tbsp Cacao Powder and/or Cacao Nibs
- ½ tbsp Coconut Oil
- ½ cup fresh or frozen berries of choice
- A little honey, stevia, or agave syrup to sweeten
Place all the ingredients into your high-speed blender and blend to the desired consistency. Done!