Maca has amazing effects on hormonal balance for both men and women.
History of Maca
Maca root (lepidium meyenii) comes from the high altitude regions of Peru and it is said that the Inca warriors would consume maca before going into battle. They believed it increased their energy, strength and stamina. We could all benefit from a little extra energy and stamina, right? Because maca is an adaptogen, it helps the body adapt to stress and exerts a normalizing effect upon bodily processes in times of stress. Therefore, maca can help balance mood when the going gets tough. The Incan warriors were definitely on the right track in choosing maca before battles.
Benefits of Maca
Being a member of the cruciferous family, like broccoli and cabbage, maca has amazing nutritional benefits. These benefits include: over 20 amino acids, vitamins B1, B2, vitamin C and E, iron, potassium and copper. The flavor of maca is relatively neutral with a hint of caramel and some say it has an earthy taste that is mildly nutty with a hint of butterscotch. Perfect for a latte, yes? It is best to start out with one teaspoon of maca daily and work up to 2-3 teaspoons depending on how you feel and your energy levels. Moreover, individuals who are on hormone altering medications or high blood pressure are advised not to use maca. (Axe)
Maca has amazing effects on hormonal balance for both men and women, it boosts the immune system, improves sexual function, increases fertility, assists the thyroid, aides the menstrual cycle and PCOS. It also has the ability to aide memory and focus. (Axe)
- Improves Libido
- Balances Hormones (men & women)
- Increases Fertility
- Aides menstrual cycle/PMS symptoms
- Beneficial for PCOS
- Supports Immune System
- Aides Memory + Focus
- Improves Estrogen Dominance Symptoms
- Improves Progesterone to Estrogen ratio
- Assists the Thyroid
Maca Latte Recipe
- 1 cup organic coconut milk
- 1 tsp maca (start with 1/2 if new to maca)
- 1-2 tsp of honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
- 1 scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Powder (optional protein)
- On medium heat, warm your coconut milk to your liking.
- Mix in maca, cinnamon, your healthy sweetener and collagen powder.
- Put in a blender and blend until frothy consistency…and enjoy!
In divine health,
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Dr. Axe. retrieved from http://draxe.com/top-5-maca-root-benefits-and-nutrition/