Have you heard of Maca? You might think that this wonder powder is the latest supplement to hit the market but really it is not a medicine or a supplement; it is a food loaded with vital nutrients in bioavailable forms.
Maca is typically found in the Andes, at a high location where the land is barren and weather conditions extreme. These harsh conditions contain very high mineral content that translates into maca root being very high in nutrients, qualifying it as a superfood.
Maca Is An Adaptogen
An adaptogen is a plant that brings the body to a heightened state of resistance to disease through physiological and emotional health. In particular, adaptogens help increase the body's natural resistance to environmental stresses. Maca is one of the most powerful adaptogenic plants known.
How Maca Works
Maca is not a medicine or a supplement; it is a food loaded with vital nutrients in bioavailable forms. The synergy of the nutrients within maca (naturally provided and in the right proportions) assist the body in its ongoing process of regeneration, ultimately helping to replenish and recuperate from different problems and providing ultimate balance and well being. Its actions focus mainly in the hypothalamus and pituitary glands, assisting the body in balancing hormones, and all the benefits derived from hormonal balance (e.g. more energy, less stress, better moods, enhanced libido, etc.)
How Maca Is Beneficial
~Helps to reduce belly fat by reducing cortisol.
~Increases stamina and libido
~Helps the endocrine system function properly, thereby eliminating hormonal imbalances
~Has a good concentration of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sulfur, potassium, phosphorus as well as vitamins such as B1, C, B2 and E
~Known to help women deal with menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and mood swings
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Antagonistic effect of Lepidium meyenii (red maca) on prostatic hyperplasia in adult mice: Gasco et al. 2007. Phytomedicine.14(7—8): 460—464. G. F. Gonzales, M. Gasco, A. Malheiros-Pereira andC. Gonzales-Castañeda.
Lepidium meyenii (Maca) improved semen parameters in adult men: Gonzales et al. 2001. Asian Journal of Andrology. 3(4): 301—303. Gustavo F. Gonzales, Amanda Cordova, Carla Gonzales, Arturo Chung, Karla Vega, Arturo Villena.
Use of Gelatinized Maca (Lepidium Peruvianum) in Early Postmenopausal Women: Int J Biomed Sci. 2005 Jun; 1(1): 33–45. H. O. Meissner, W. Kapczynski, A. Mscisz, and J. Lutomski
Hormone-Balancing Effect of Pre-Gelatinized Organic Maca (Lepidium peruvianum Chacon): (I) Biochemical and Pharmacodynamic Study on Maca using Clinical Laboratory Model on Ovariectomized Rats: Int J Biomed Sci. 2006 Sep; 2(3): 260–272. H. O. Meissner, P. Mrozikiewicz, T. Bobkiewicz-Kozlowska, A. Mscisz, B. Kedzia, A. Lowicka, H. Reich-Bilinska, W. Kapczynski, and I. Barchia6