Maca has been revered for its medicinal properties for thousands of years, but recently been rediscovered by the mainstream and emerged as a household superfood. Researchers, however, are continually turning up new health benefits from this powerful root vegetable, as more and more people add it to their smoothies in powder form, or take as a capsule in the mornings.
Hailing from South America, Maca is a cruciferous vegetable similar in appearance & size to a radish, but pleasant tasting and usually consumed in its powdered form. Maca is considered not only a “superfood” but an adaptogen, meaning it helps the body naturally adapt to stressors like illness or general stress induced by lifestyle.
Maca is extremely rich in antioxidants, which help the body neutralize free radicals prevent damage to cells and fight off disease. Improving your antioxidant status may help prevent the 3 major killers; heart disease, cancer & diabetes.
There’s also good news if you’re looking to improve your mood, energy & memory. Maca has been proved in clinical trials to increase all 3, with some studies suggesting it may even be effective against depression. This energy boost comes without the jittery feeling associated with coffee, likely due to its ability to prevent spikes & crashes in blood sugar, and can take effect quite quickly after consuming it.
For females, Maca root may be effective in treating sexual dysfunction, whilst boosting sex drive. Studies have shown consistencies with significant improvement in cases where women have taken Maca root post-menopause, combating depression and improving libido. For males, you’re also in luck - Maca can boost sexual health & fertility. A 2001 study found Maca helped sperm quality & motility.
We love using Maca in our smoothies, and you can find it in our Kettlebell smoothie! We also sell organic Maca powder from our partners at Kiki health. More info at Kiki-health.com