Maca is a Peruvian plant grown in the Andes mountains. It is a cruciferous vegetable, which means it is related to broccoli, cabbage, and kale. In Peruvian culture Maca is a mainstay of a variety of its cuisine. Maca root plant can be ground into a powder and then added to meals, smoothies and other foods. Apart from its culinary uses, Maca may also have several health benefits. Here are some of them as reasons to adding it to your health regimen.
REDUCES BLOOD PRESSURE - In a study conducted in 2015, participants made of Chinese, postmenopausal women, were given 3.3 grams of Maca for 12 weeks. At the end there was significant lower blood pressure levels.
FIGHTS FREE RADICALS - Maca root also promotes natural antioxidants in the body, such as glutathione and superoxide dismutase. Antioxidants help to fight free radicals, which can damage cells in the body. It is believed that antioxidants can help prevent some health issues such as heart disease and cancer.
MENOPAUSAL HELP - Proponents believe that it helps balance levels of the hormone called estrogen. During, perimenopause, the stage before a woman reaches menopause, estrogen levels fluctuate and cause a variety of symptoms.
BOOSTS ENERGY AND ENDURANCE - Maca root is widely used by athletes and body builders as a supplement to increase energy and performance. A pilot study in 2009, found that using maca extract for 14 days improved performance for male cyclists in the 40 kilometer time trial.
INCREASE LIBIDO - This is about the most well-known benefit. A 2002 study found that men who took 1.5-3 grams of maca per day experienced increased libido when compared to those given a placebo. As always check with your health care provide before use. Stay safe and stay healthy.