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The Marvelous Benefits of Maca Root

Prepared By Nutritionist Jade


In the realm of superfoods, one that has been gaining increasing attention for its purported health benefits is the humble yet mighty maca root (Lepidium meyenii). Native to the high altitudes of the Peruvian Andes, this cruciferous vegetable has been a staple in the diet of the indigenous people for centuries. Let's delve into the fascinating world of maca root and explore the myriad benefits it offers.

Energy and Stamina Boost:

Maca root is celebrated for its potential to increase energy levels and stamina. For those seeking a natural energizer without the jitters associated with caffeine, maca may be a worthy aid. Athletes and fitness enthusiasts, in particular, have embraced maca as a supplement to enhance performance and endurance.

Antioxidant Defence:

Maca root contains a variety of antioxidants that help combat oxidative stress in the body. Antioxidants play a crucial role in protecting cells from damage caused by free radicals, contributing to overall health and wellness.

Hormonal Balance:

Among its most renowned benefits, maca is believed to support hormonal balance. Women experiencing hormonal fluctuations, such as those associated with menopause, have reported relief from symptoms like hot flashes and mood swings. Men may also find maca beneficial for supporting reproductive health and libido.

Enhanced Mood and Stress Reduction:

Rich in adaptogens, maca is thought to help the body adapt to stressors, promoting a sense of balance and well-being. Some users have reported improvements in mood, reduced anxiety, and a better ability to cope with daily stressors.

Improved Fertility:

Maca, particularly the black variety, has been associated with potential fertility benefits. Studies suggest that it may have a positive impact on sperm quality, motility, and reproductive health in men. Women may also find support for reproductive health through hormonal balance.

Different Colours of Maca Roots:

Maca roots are grouped into three basic colours: yellow, red and black. Originating from the same seed crop, the colour of the roots is primarily found in the skin with varying amounts of coloured antioxidants, anthocyanins. While each type has its own unique compositions, they share more similarities than differences. They are a good source of healthy carbohydrates, low in fat content, and contain a lot of fiber in addition to the many vitamins and minerals.

It is often proposed that women should take red maca and men should take black maca. The reality is that all three colours of maca are beneficial for both men and women as we all need a balance of masculine and feminine energy. In fact, clinical studies have shown red maca is highly effective for improving male prostate function and also anxiety, adrenal function and stress. While black maca has been shown to benefit female brain function, athletic performance and mental health.

Traditionally, maca roots were all lumped together during harvest, regardless of their specific colour. Hence, the best solution is to combine the three colours of maca and get the best of both worlds.

Holistic Way Maca Pro sources the finest Maca powder from its origin in Peru, where it is cultivated. The maca powder is in a gelatinized form, meaning that the maca roots has undergone a cooking process to remove the starch and cellulose that are hard to digest. It is also a combination of all three colours (red, yellow and black) of maca root to provide an array of goodness.

Conclusion:

As we uncover the multifaceted benefits of maca root, it becomes clear why this ancient Peruvian superfood has found its way into modern wellness practices. Whether you're seeking an energy boost, hormonal balance, or support for reproductive health, maca root offers a natural and holistic approach.

References

Stone, Mark, et al. "A pilot investigation into the effect of maca supplementation on physical activity and sexual desire in sportsmen." Journal of ethnopharmacology 126.3 (2009): 574-576.

Shin, Byung-Cheul, et al. "Maca (L. meyenii) for improving sexual function: a systematic review." BMC complementary and alternative medicine 10 (2010): 1-6.

Zenico, T., et al. "Subjective effects of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) extract on wellbeing and sexual performances in patients with mild erectile dysfunction: A randomised, doubleblind clinical trial." Andrologia 41.2 (2009): 95-99.

Brooks, Nicole A., et al. "Beneficial effects of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) on psychological symptoms and measures of sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women are not related to estrogen or androgen content." Menopause 15.6 (2008): 1157-1162.

Clément, C., et al. "Effect of maca supplementation on bovine sperm quantity and quality followed over two spermatogenic cycles." Theriogenology 74.2 (2010): 173-183.

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