Maca, Peruvians Best Kept Secret?
Posted on February 24 2017
Maca is well known to have two main health benefits, supporting healthy sexual function, and second, as a supreme nutritional supplement.
Many studies have shown that Maca increases the healthy sexual function, however, other studies have shown that this is not achieved by Macas' influence on increasing testosterone or estrogen, nor by lowering anxiety and depression levels.
Now, researchers are looking the possibility that the reason for this is the presence of macamides, a lipid compound in Maca. Our Maca organic extract contains 40% macamides, and this extract might be the defining reason behind the positive effects of Maca.
Maca, a root that belongs to the radish family, is most commonly available in powder form. Grown in the mountains of Peru. Maca’s benefits have been long valued, and have recently been popularized as a supplement and food ingredient.
Maca is a herb with plenty of anecdotal information about its usefulness passed down from generation to generation. However, scientific evidence on its effectiveness is limited. Consuming maca often makes people feel more "alive", energetic, and leaves them with a sense of well-being.
Maca Nutrition Facts:
- Over 20 amino acids, including 8 essential amino acids *
- 20 free-form fatty acids (such as lauric, linolenic, palmitic acid, oleic , and steric acid) *
- Vitamins B-1, B-2, C and E *
- Calcium *
- Magnesium *
- Potassium *
- Copper *
- Zinc *
- Manganese *
- Phosphorus *
- Selenium *
- Sulphur *
- Sodium *
- Iron *
1. PMS, Menopause, and Women with Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Maca Root is well known to help with hormone balance that often contributes to improving the symptoms of PMS and Menopause. In females with PCOS, maca is believed to help by controlling estrogen levels in the body. *
2. Women's Hormones, Fertility, and Sexual Health
Benefits had positive results on boosting menopausal women's moods and decreasing levels of anxiety and depression. In one study done using animals and maca, it was found that in female animals taking maca, multiple egg follicles were able to successfully mature, which is important for ovulation and reproductive health. *
3. Men's Hormones and Fertility
In clinical studies, serum levels of testosterone were not shown to be affected by maca. Black maca however, has been shown to have positive effects on sperm production, more than yellow maca and red maca. Red maca has its own benefits for male hormonal health. It has been shown to reduce prostate size in studies done on male rats. Maca has also been shown to improve sperm production, mobility, and volume, all important factors of increasing fertility. *
4. Energy, Memory and Mood
Clinical trials have shown that maca has positive effects on energy, stamina, and mood. Maintaining positive energy levels are related to having lower levels of anxiety and depression, in both of which maca has been shown to reduce. *
Exactly how maca increases energy is still unknown, however it’s believed that it may be able to do so by helping stabilize blood sugar levels (which decrease energy spikes and dips), and to maintain adrenal health, which regulates mood and energy throughout the day. *
Maca benefits also include regulating the hypothalamus, helping the pituitary gland to properly function, which is another key element in balancing focus and energy. *
5. Antioxidant Booster
Maca root acts as a natural antioxidant, and boosts levels of glutathione and SOD (superoxide dismutase). These are two major disease fighters in the body. Results from recent studies demonstrate that maca root has the ability to help prevent the development of chronic human diseases that are characterized by high levels of “bad” cholesterol, high ant oxidative states, and impaired glucose tolerance. *
And because maca root increases the glutathione levels in the body, it not only improves your immune system and disease resistance, but also it is helps balance proper levels of cholesterol in the body. Plus, it significantly improves glucose tolerance, by lowering levels of glucose in blood. *
There are many great ways to incorporate maca root benefits into your diet. If you are new to using maca powder and want to experience its benefits yourself, look for maca in its most readily available powder form. Many people also use maca by adding it in powdered form to different recipes that adjust well to the slight sweetness of maca. While not overly sweet tasting, maca has a natural nutty, slightly sweet quality to it, similar to cinnamon or nutmeg.
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