Maca is a tuber that grows high in the Andes Mountains. Report from the indigenous people showed the positive effect on mental acuity, energy levels, libido and fertility. Traditionally, folks cooked and ate the roots in soups or as part of other dishes. One can add Maca to their daily intake as it supports the adrenals, hormone production and thyroid. Minerals found in Maca include but not limited to calcium, magnesium, sulphur, sodium, copper, zinc, iron, selenium, silicon, and potassium.
Maca has been proven to improve the following health conditions; anaemia, chronic fatigue, depression, lack of libido, stress, stomach cancer, poor memory, tuberculosis, malnutrition, infertility and sterility in humans and livestock, menstrual disorders, menopause symptoms, overactive and underactive thyroid and hormone imbalance.
Some of the health benefits include but not limited to the following:
Healthy Oxygen Flow
Maca helps you to deal with all kinds of stress effectively. The reason for this is that Maca increases the oxygen levels in your blood and helps to decrease the environmental stress of altitude sickness. This will also decrease the symptoms of altitude sickness in less than an hour.
Increase Your Energy Levels
This wonderful superfood is an adaptogen, which means that it will provide you with more efficient energy. If your body has enough energy, Maca will not overstimulate your energy flow. So, you won’t suffer from insomnia or run around like an energy bunny the whole day! You will feel refreshed and healthy.
Maca activates your endocrine glands, which doesn’t only increase your energy levels as mentioned above, but also your libido and vitality. Your endocrine systems function is to make sure that your immune system function properly. If your endocrine system is out of balance, you will have loads of immune problems. For example, slow metabolism, tiredness, weight gain, and open to any chronic illnesses.
Increase Your Libido Levels
Maca is known to increase libido levels mainly in men and doesn’t interfere with the sex hormone count. Maca works on the master gland in the brain, which is the hypothalamus. This master gland is the sex-hormone center of the brain, which is stimulated to secrete testosterone, progesterone and DHEA. So, when your sex-hormones get stimulated, your libido levels rise and your depression levels lower. Maca also improves seminal volume, sperm motility and sperm count, which creates a great sexual desire.
This powerful superfood is full of nutrients, amino acids and fatty acids, which increase fertility. So, when you are conceiving, Maca is the best superfood to add to your diet. The best is that Maca is still very important after birth because it produces more and healthy breast milk for your child’s vitality.
Supports Your Thyroid
Over 200 million people worldwide suffer from either an underactive or over-active thyroid. Thyroid problems occur very slowly and over the years. If your thyroid doesn’t work properly, you will experience the following symptoms: Constipation, fatigue, weight gain, muscle weakness, puffy face, dry skin and a lot of cravings. The regular use of Maca decreases these symptoms as well as completely eliminating any thyroid disease.
Improve Prostate Health
Men who want to regain their prostate health and sexual drive can mix Maca with DIM (Diindolylmethane). DIM is found in vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels and kale that help to regulate your hormone levels and cell behavior. It is the most effective phytonutrient to prevent and treat breast, colon, pancreas and prostate cancer. DIM in men promotes healthy cell production in the prostate gland and can also reduce the conversion of testosterone into estrogen. Maca will ensure a healthy prostate gland and cancer-free.
Men mostly use this great love portion superfood to prolong their sexual desire and endurance. Maca contains alkaloids that cause your pituitary gland to produce more messenger hormones to your adrenal gland and testes. This will cause the body to be aware of the impact of increased energy and sexuality levels. It’s very important for you to explore your own dosage of this powerful superfood to enhance your performance.
In today’s time and age, there are so many things that can be part of your lifestyle that can damage your virility. These negative impacts on your virility can be caused by poor nutrition, lack of exercise, anti-depressant supplements, abuse of thyroid medication, tranquilizers, cholesterol–lowering medication, recreational medication, steroids and all kinds of medications that damage your nervous system, blood flow and hormone supply.
Please note that Maca cannot heal damages that are done by abusing pharmaceuticals. You must consult a health practitioner that has a lot of knowledge and skills in the holistic medicine industry. He/She will guide you with a healthy eating plan, exercise program, techniques to relieve stress symptoms and to enhance lowering of your cholesterol levels and decrease moodiness. After this procedure, then only will Maca be effective.
Maca products include Dried, powdered Maca root, red Maca, black Maca, yellow Maca, roasted Maca, dried powdered Maca extract, Liquid or alcohol-based Maca concentrates, Maca raw chocolate bars, raw chocolate brittles and energy bars.
A minimum of 10-20 grams a day of dried Maca root is required for you to experience the full benefits of this powerful superfood. If you desire to increase the amount, you may consider it, but you should consume it with respect. If you’re a beginner, don’t be too brave and add 10 scoops of Maca root powder to your beverage. This can knock you out. You can’t take more Maca than your body can handle. So, start with 10 grams a day and the increase as soon as you feel your body can handle it. Take a weekend off every month if you consume Maca consistently.
MACA POWDER BENEFITS
Maca root powder from Peru is a nutritional powerhouse that has been in use for at least 2000 years. The food is unique in that it affects men and women differently.
Among the top reasons men choose to take Maca powder is to restore their libido. Maca works on various levels to support a healthy sex drive. First, its high nutrient content revitalizes the entire body. Second, Maca works to elevate testosterone levels thereby increasing energy, stamina and vitality. Finally, Maca contains unique nutrients called macaenes and macamides that are associated with supporting healthy libido. Red Maca and Black Maca are favorites for this purpose.
One of the things that Maca does quite well is to increase blood circulation. When combined with a boost in libido, it has been seen to help men overcome mild erectile dysfunction. A recent study of the effects of Maca for men with mild ED showed that more than 1/2 of the patient studied reported “significant’ improvements in terms of ED and general sexual well-being. I recommend the Black variety for this purpose.
Fertility for both men and women is the longest and most common use of Maca. We know that people indigenous to the high Andes of Peru have used the root to boost both human and livestock fertility for 2000 years. Recent studies from Switzerland and Peru confirm that Black Maca in particular both raises sperm count and motility and increases sexual desire.
Maca does not contain testosterone or any other hormone. Instead, it stimulates the body to produce and regulate hormones in order to achieve a healthy hormone balance. Maca works to raise what is known as “free testosterone.” This is a natural testosterone that helps restore youthful energy and even appearance. All Maca colors work well for this purpose.
Natural Muscle Building
Maca is anabolic (muscle building). It has a high content of bioavailable protein and other nutrients that support healthy, natural muscle growth. It is a favorite supplement among natural bodybuilders as well as an ingredient in many muscle building blends. I recommend Black Maca for muscle building.
Maca for Energy and Stamina
For the people living at high elevations in Peru where Maca grows (14,000 feet and above), Maca is essential to maintaining healthy energy an stamina. Several scientific studies have also confirmed that the root has a positive effect on endurance and energy levels. In one study, cyclists were able to bring their 40 km times down significantly after just 12 days on Maca. Another study showed that regular dosage improved stamina among lab mice nearly 20%. Black Maca seems to have the most positive effect for this use.
In 2010 a team of 6 researchers reported that Red and Black Maca were found to be the best at improving and protecting the bone structure. This is in part due to the high calcium content of Maca (nearly 4 times that of milk).
One of the lesser known benefits of Maca for men is for reducing depression. Maca works as a mood up-lifter due to its high nutrient content combined with its energizing properties. Try Red Maca for this.
Maca for Enhanced Mental Focus, Clarity and Memory
One final use of Maca powder for men is to boost concentration, memory and learning. A recent study from China (2011) found that Black Maca, in particular, helped mice improve memory by 10% and speed learning by nearly 15%. In addition, many of our customers have reported a boost in focus and clarity when using Maca. I recommend either Red Maca or Black Maca for this purpose.
MACA POWDER SIDE EFFECTS
Most people can use maca powder without any problems. Unpleasant side effects are mainly digestive problems after eating raw maca. Maca may increase the risk of bleeding due to it having a high amount of vitamin K. Anyone with high blood pressure, heart disease or hypertension should consult with their doctor before consuming this natural remedy. Maca can act as a natural stimulant, which may create problematic health issues for people with these conditions.
Before outlining the potential side effects that can come from using Maca powder, it’s important to note that this simple food is not in any way similar to a pharmaceutical drug. No side effects have been reported. In the most comprehensive scientific study done on Maca to date, Gustavo E. Gonzales reviews all of the major research recently done on Maca. Near the end of his paper he concludes that Maca is 100% safe for human consumption has no toxicity or no notable side effects. He cites one study in particular that followed over 600 consumers of Maca from Peru. The study showed that their health status was generally improved while the subjects reported no Maca side effects at all.
Although science has turned up no real side effects from Maca, there have been reports from several of customers about a few experiences they have had while taking Maca (especially for first-time users).
Some people report that they feel like they have had too much coffee after taking Maca powder. Something described as feeling “jittery” or “wired.” Although Maca does provide a nice energy boost, it should not make you feel “too energized.” Usually, this happens with people just starting with Maca powder who take too much at a time. The solution is simple, which is to reduce your dosage.
A small number of people report feeling insomnia when first starting to take Maca. To alleviate this possibility, take Maca powder before 2pm and/or to reduce your dosage. Another interesting note is that Maca actually has helped many women in perimenopause or menopause to overcome insomnia.
About 5% of customers report upset stomach, slight cramping or gas after taking Raw Maca. If this happens, know that it’s due to the starch content in Raw Maca. I recommend Gelatinized Maca for people with sensitive digestive systems.