MACA is a member of the cruciferous family of plants along with broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Maca can be found growing 14,000 feet in elevation in the Andes mountains of Peru, making it the highest elevation crop there is!
Maca is grown for its root, which resembles a radish.
The characters and properties of Maca have been developed by extreme conditions in which it grows, and therefore it is also called an adaptogen, like the goji berry.
An adaptogen herb has the ability to balance and stabilize the body’s glandular/hormonal system, nervous system and cardiovascular system. Rather than address a specific condition, Maca (adaptogens) improve the overall adaptability of the entire body and brings it back in to a more ‘balanced’ state.
According to most studies, consuming adaptogens will improve the body’s overall vitality by 10-15%
Maca has been shown to:
· Increase energy and endurance
· Increase oxygen levels in blood
· Increase libido and fertility
· Improve chronic fatigue & depression
· Bring overall support to the entire endocrine system, in particular adrenals and thyroid
Maca is also rich in: calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, B, C & E vitamins
Maca comes in a powdered form and can be added to smoothies or raw chocolate treats. it is recommended that when taking Maca on a regular basis to take one week off per month to maintain efficiency.