Maca, a root that belongs to the radish family, is most commonly available in powder form. Grown in the mountains of Peru, it has been called “Peruvian ginseng.” Maca’s benefits have been long valued, and has recently been popularized as a supplement and food ingredient.
Maca is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids.
Sexual function and Fertility
Traditionally, Maca has been regarded as a potent aphrodesiac among the native Peruvian population. More recently Maca has been very successful in increasing the libido of both men and women. At the same time it balances your hormones and increases fertility. One study also has shown that Maca can help men overcome erectile dysfunction. Black Maca in particular has shown to increase sperm count and volume. And Red Maca has been shown to balance female hormones and ovulation cycles. These effects may be related to the presence in Maca of active aromatic isothiocyanates.
Maca contains a variety of amino acids, which are the building blocks of hormones. Research has shown that taking Maca regularly can balance hormones within both men and women. Maca does not contain hormones, but the building blocks from which the body can create them. Because hormones affect various aspects of health, having a balanced and healthy endocrine system can lead to numerous perceived benefits.
Women’s health and mood
Maca relieves menstrual issues and menopause. It alleviates cramps, body pain, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, and depression. If you are pregnant or lactating you should avoid taking maca.
Inca warriors are said to have consumed Maca before battle to increase their prowess.
Within days of using maca your energy level may increase. It is also known for increasing stamina. More recent studies have shown that Maca improves stamina in distance racing and helps to build muscle. Many athletes take maca for peak performance. If you find yourself tired most of the time, experiment with maca to see if it helps. Just a small amount could be exactly what you need for a boost!
Maca helps your overall health in a number of ways. It supplies iron and helps restore red blood cells, which aids anemia and cardiovascular diseases. Maca keeps your bones and teeth healthy and allows you to heal from wounds more quickly. When used in conjunction with a good workout regime you will notice an increase in muscle mass.
But be very cautious if you have a cancer related to hormones like testicular and ovarian, among others. If you have liver issues or high blood pressure you should ask your doctor before taking maca.
Many people take maca for skin issues, as for some people it helps to clear acne and blemishes. Another benefit for your skin is that is decreases sensitivity. In hot or cold weather, maca may help your skin withstand extreme temperatures.
If you find yourself overcome with anxiety, stress, depression or mood swings, maca may help alleviate these symptoms. Taking it regularly, Maca works to elevate emotional mood. This is most likely a function of the dense nutrition within the root combined with it’s hormone balancing properties and unique nutrients called macamides. Recently, in two studies, Maca was shown to reduce the scores in self assessment depression and anxiety tests.
Focus and memory
Due to Maca’s energizing and uplifting effects, it also supports mental clarity as well as the ability to focus.
Experimental studies have shown that the Black variety of Maca has beneficial effects on learning and memory in experimental animal models. Black Maca improved learning and memory more than the other colors of Maca. Maca is safe for both children and adults and is a great addition to any student’s diet.
Curves, buttocks and muscles
Although Maca has been used for over 2000 years stretching all the way back to Incan warriors who took it in training and preparation for battle, it only became known outside of Peru in the 1980s. Since then natural bodybuilders and athletes have used it in their training.
Taking a regular dose of Maca can enhance the butt as long as you combine it with appropriate exercise. Several bodybuilders say that Maca has indeed worked to help them create bigger muscles. Could it be that all of the gains are due to exercise and not Maca? It’s certainly possible, but Maca can absolutely help.
- A daily serving of Maca contains 4 grams of bio available protein. This 100% natural vegetable protein is easy for the body to digest and assimilate and is one reason it is often found in natural bodybuilding supplements.
- Maca is well known to be a natural “anabolic.” Anabolic foods contain compounds that are helpful in building muscle fiber. Of course, it only works if you actually exercise the muscles you want to build. If you do that, Maca supports their healthy growth.
- Since the butt contains the largest muscles in the body (the gluteus maximus) it follows that using Maca combined with a consciously designed exercise program will help you achieve a “bigger buttocks.”
- One of the many benefits of Maca is that it helps balance hormones. That means that it supports a healthy level of estrogen, which is clearly related to enhancing female curves.