An indigenous root beneficial for women’s health
I first encountered maca whilst travelling in Australia last year. My local pharmacy where I was staying in a Perth suburb provided an abundance of natural remedies alongside the more usual cosmetics and toiletries – something the UK puts so much emphasis on. It was here that I was introduced to the wonders of the maca root.
Read on to find out some quick facts about why this medicinal herb could be JUST the thing you are looking for…
Origins of Maca
Maca is traditionally an indigenous Inca superfood and also goes by the name Peruvian Ginseng, used to boost energy and vitality. Lepidium meyenii grows to produce a root vegetable and medicinal herb, used to boost energy and vitality.
How to Use Maca
Maca has a high-content of calcium and is safe for lactose-intolerant users. Debates surrounding consumption of the vegetable root suggest the product may be used as an aphrodisiac for both men and women. Adding maca powder to foods such as honey or in your cup of coffee could potentially increase its powers here!
Now for the real stuff…
Benefits of Maca
As both a food and herbal supplement, maca is particularly beneficial for women in maintaining optimum hormonal and fertility health – in short ‘keeping the body and mind in sync’ thus providing tangible results in decreasing mood swings (win!).
Below are 5 known benefits associated with introducing maca into your diet:
1. Decreases Menopause Symptoms
Maca is used widely as a ‘hormone balancer’, aiding a decrease in unwanted menopause symptoms in women (hot flashes, night sweats – yuck!). In turn, the herb may also act as an aphrodisiac to aid a healthy sexual drive.
2. Supports Mood
As an alternative to conventional medication, maca fights against cognitive-enhancing drugs (such as those used to treat depression) allowing a more natural relief and energy boost. Maca contains omega-3 fatty acids which support brain function and may aid rational thinking, analytical skills and overall cognitive functioning. Sounds ideal, right?
3. Aids Fertility
With the complications of the modern age increasing instances of infertility, maca is used as a more natural pathway towards enhancing fertility especially in females. Although studies have only so far examined instances in animals, results have shown that the root has increased the serum luteinizing hormone in the pituitary gland.
4. Increases Bone Density
To keep your bones healthy and strong… take maca! If calcium is lacking in your diet, maca taken in either tablet or powder form substitutes the nutrients found in calcium to maintain healthy bones. With increasing instances of lactose-intolerance in humans, this is all the more reason to turn to alternative remedies that can easily be introduced into daily diets.
5. Maximizes Energy
Much of the evidence associated with maca use point to its overall benefit as an energy enhancer given its rich vitamin, mineral, fatty acids and protein content – all of which aid optimum energy levels and increase recovery time from injury. Athlete or not, try maca for better results!
Best of All…
The herb can be taken in powder or capsule form and whatever your budget, you can find a product to suit you. Whether you have a sweet tooth or prefer healthy salads, there is a place for maca in your diet – check out the fun, simple recipes below.
Holland & Barrett (Links customers to their site in the UK)
Planet Organic (Links customers to their site in Australia)