Maca Root Powder Health Benefits For Men & Women
Native to the Andes mountain range, Maca has long been used by the indigenous peoples of this region to promote sexual function and fertility.
The Incans used Maca in many of their natural remedies, specifically to enhance energy, increase stamina, endurance and strength. It is also known as Peruvian Ginseng due to its stimulating qualities.
Maca Root is a powerful adaptogen with a rich supply of vitamins and minerals, including iodine.
If you asked the ancient Incas to name their ‘go to’ superfoods, maca would have been top of the list.
Maca Root Powder Health Benefits:
1. Boosts Libido
Maca has been used for centuries in Peru to boost libido and virility. Though its aphrodisiac affects are not well understood by science, it’s ability to stimulate sexual sensation and desire has led it to be dubbed ‘nature’s Viagra’.
In one study at Victoria University in Australia, postmenopausal women were given 3.5 grams of powdered Maca per day for 6 weeks and placebo for 6 weeks. When using the maca, they reported less anxiety and depression and higher libido. Maca may also boost libido in women struggling to achieve orgasm while taking antidepressants.
2. Hormonal Balance
In multiple studies maca was shown to balance hormones, including sexual hormones for both men and women.
A great fertility booster, studies have shown that in men it can improve sperm quality, motility and volume.
Glucosinolates, the plant alkaloids, can also positively affect fertility for both men and women. These alkaloids are responsible for Maca’s ability to support hormonal balance.
This balancing effect also controls oestrogen levels in the body, increasing reproductive health and decreasing symptoms of PMS, PCOS and the menopause.
3. Endocrine Health
Maca is also known as “food for your endocrine glands”. The endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones responsible for regulating metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, mood and response to stress and/or injury.
The role of Maca in the endocrine system is that it stimulates the pituitary gland and when this gland is performing optimally, the entire endocrine system becomes balanced.
4. Energy & Mood Booster
Due to its rich nutritional content and adaptogenic qualities, Maca will naturally have a positive effect on energy, stamina and mood. A nutritional powerhouse, Maca is packed with protein, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients – especially B Vitamins which are renowned for their brain boosting qualities. This dense nutrition is also responsible for its ability to boost energy levels in a sustained and balanced way.
5. Anxiety & Stress
In our fast paced hectic lives, stress can be unavoidable. One of the symptoms of stress can be “adrenal fatigue” – the way Maca can help this condition is by harnessing its adaptogenic qualities to regulate the hormones that are produced by this gland. An adaptogen will only go where it is needed, if your body is overproducing a hormone, it regulates it back to normal and if your body under-produces a hormone, it helps raise the level until it is balanced. For this reason it is a powerful weapon to have in your arsenal to combat excessive stress and anxiety.
Take 1 teaspoon, or 3.1 grams, of maca powder daily for 6 to 12 weeks to see the benefits take effect.
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