This is why I get so excited about maca. You don’t want to wait until the onset of an illness to start making your health a priority. And while there is no way around a balanced, nutritious diet, there are some foods that provide “extra credit” for your health profile.
Maca is a root that is a member of the radish family. It is native to Peru and has been used for centuries as natural medicine. Today it is considered a miracle superfood. Haven’t tried maca? Here are the top 8 healthy, sexy benefits of maca!
It’s very nutritious.
It is a great source of vitamin B, C, E as will as iron, magnesium, calcium and more. In addition, it has a great amino acid profile. This is where it gets its reputation as a superfood. Maca can help increase your reserves of these important nutrients and can support a healthy body.
It’s an adaptogenic herb.
Adaptogenic herbs are those that help your body adjust to stressors. This includes worrying, overworking yourself, or even exercising too much. Using maca doesn’t provide an excuse not to take care of yourself. But it can support everything else you do to calm the stress of everyday life.
It has been used for centuries as an aphrodisiac.
It was originally documented to improve fertility by increasing sperm count. However, many people also believe that it helps get them “in the mood”. One would think that its benefits for depression and anxiety might also be a boost to libido. You’re certainly not feeling sexy when you’re down in the dumps.
It’s health supportive.
While it is important to see to discuss your health concerns with your doctor before self-treating, maca is supportive of health in many ways:
- Increases energy
- Enhances memory
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Improves sexual function
- Helps skin tone
- Balances hormones
- ….and more!
It can help you kick your caffeine addiction.
Maca root is similar in effect to the herb ginseng. So if you’re trying to cut down on caffeine, maca is the way to go. It will give you an all-natural energy boost without the jitters or the afternoon crash that normally comes with caffeine consumption. Don’t want to give up your daily latte (or two)? Try this instead:
- 1-2 tsp. maca powder
- 1 cup non-dairy milk
- stevia to taste
Warm slowly over medium heat.
There are many ways to consume it.
You can purchase it as a powder and add it to smoothies, stir it into hot cereal or add it to paleo pancakes. If you’d rather drink it, you can find it in tea bags. Or buy it in capsule form and take it as a supplement.
Most people respond positively to it.
An exception might be someone who is pregnant. Pregnant women have to be careful around herbal treatments as consumption may increase the risk of miscarriage. Also, a small percentage of people feel jittery or have an upset stomach with maca.
You only need to consume it in moderation.
A few teaspoons daily is fine. Health is something that you build a day at a time. Don’t try to show an entire lifetime of getting healthy into a one-week herbal treatment binge. Slow and steady is the way to go.
Never used maca in your diet before? Give it a try! Consuming maca doesn’t take the place of an all around healthy diet. But it is a terrific supplement that’s likely to help you feel upbeat, energetic and sexy. How great is that?