For a while despite all the signs around me showing me the benefits of taking Maca powder, I had somehow managed to avoid including it into my diet until recently. I decided to take a closer look at this wonderful adaptogen (see my post on Adaptogens here). What exactly is Maca? Well it is a cruciferous vegetable in the same family as cabbage and broccoli that grows in the Andes mountains at very high altitudes in Peru and has traditionally been used by Peruvians and their Incan ancestors for centuries. Some of the benefits of taking Maca root powder are:
Increases Energy: It boosts energy levels without causing stress on the adrenal glands like coffee can.
Boosts Fertility: Black maca variety has been shown to improve sperm count in men and the red maca variety balances female hormones and ovulation cycles.
Reduces depression and anxiety: It helps to boost the mood and relieve symptoms of anxiety.
Enhances mental clarity: Black maca has a positive effect on learning and memory.
Improves muscle gain: Athletes and body builders are using maca to increase their athletic performance.
Regulates hormone balance: Its vast amount of amino acids are the building blocks of hormones.
These are just some of the amazing benefits of taking maca including but not limited to ; Improving acne, skin tone, thyroid function, strong bones and teeth and hair growth. I intend to keep using maca and documenting my successes with it as I go along, although I am already seeing results in terms of balancing my hormones in that my girl time of the month is significantly lighter and shorter. This is a huge bonus for me as well as giving me the extra energy boost that I need to complete my workouts in the gym.
Have you used Maca powder?