Maca can help PMS, Give You Energy & That’s Awesome. I have some new magic beans in my pocket, and it’s called Maca. You can get it in pill form, powder form or liquid form, and trust me, after a few days of ingesting this Incan super-root, you will totally feel it’s magic properties!
Since I’m rather sensitive to pills these days (I know, ME – the pill popping enthusiast) opted for the powder form. I add it to my morning smoothies and I am omgsoloving it! It has a sort of nutty-malted flavor so it’s something you will actually enjoy, and doesn’t taste crazy at all.
Hailing back to the days of the Inca, maca has been in use for over 2000 years. Here’s another infamous quicklist of the properties in maca:
– Enhances sexual function/fertility
– Adrenal balance
– Energy without caffeine
– No additives, totally 100% whole food
– 20 amino acids, 18 of them fatty acids (for skin and hair)
– Strengthen Bones
– Help Depression
– Boost Mood
– Blood circulation / anemia (also for male libido or sexual functions)
Sustained hormonal balance, PMS relief and aided concentration with absorbable calcium, maca was given as a tribute to Incan generals, and then Spanish lords.
My 2 favorite maca products are Vega’s Maca Chocolate – which is an actual dark organic chocolate bar. I usually eat maybe 2-3 squares and it addresses my chocolate craving, plus gives me a super boost at the same time. I usually need a full glass of water with it, as it is pretty thick.
My second favorite maca product is Nativa Natural’s organic maca powder. This is a super fine powder and it mixes easily with your smoothie. I don’t recommend drinking it late at night as it really does give you an energy surge.
WebMD quotes the following:
“Maca is a plant that grows in central Peru in the high plateaus of the Andes mountains. It has been cultivated as a vegetable crop in Peru for at least 3000 years. Maca is a relative of the radish and has an odor similar to butterscotch. Its root is used to make medicine.
Maca is used for “tired blood” (anemia); chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS); and enhancing energy, stamina, athletic performance, memory, and fertility. Women use maca for female hormone imbalance, menstrual problems, and symptoms of menopause. Maca is also used for weak bones (osteoporosis), depression, stomach cancer, leukemia, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, erectile dysfunction (ED), to arouse sexual desire, and to boost the immune system.
In foods, maca is eaten baked or roasted, prepared as a soup, and used for making a fermented drink called maca chicha.
In agriculture, it is used to increase fertility in livestock.
How does it work?
Maca root contains many chemicals, including fatty acids and amino acids. However, there isn’t enough information to know how maca might work.
To read more information on maca and it’s usages in food, please make sure you check with your physician, or log on to some of these references to see some possible side effects. Some people with thyroid conditions should check with their Physician before consuming maca.