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Maca: 16 Benefits Of Adding It To Your Diet

Maca is a superfood in its own right and what it is mostly known for is its energy boosting and hormonal properties.  Did you know that maca goes back thousands of years and is grown in Peru at very high altitudes?  In fact it macais the highest altitude growing plant in the world. Maca is actually a root vegetable which kind of resembles a radish or a turnip but more sandy color and is part of the potato/starch family.  Maca has a ton of nutritional goodness like; amino acids, carbohydrates, and tons of minerals including calcium, phosphorous, zinc, magnesium, iron, as well as vitamins B1, B2, B12, C and E and it’s high in potassium.  Now take a look to see what this superfood can do!

Maca Benefits

  1. Helps to balance and regulate out our hormones to each individual person
  2. Decrease hot flashes in women with Menopause
  3. Reduce stress
  4. Normalize sleep
  5. Encourages muscle growth
  6. Treat PMS (Mood Swings)
  7. Help boost energy naturally (and without those coffee jitters or shakes)
  8. Increases Stamina and athletic performance
  9. Nicknamed “Natures Viagra” helps to naturally boost and improves sexual function and libido in men.
  10. Nourishes glandular system (Thyroid, pituitary, and adrenal glands to name a few)
  11. Reverse vaginal dryness
  12. Lessens aches and pains
  13. Helps slow down the aging process
  14. Restores balance to the body, especially our hormones
  15. Helps improve mental awareness/clarity
  16. Low in calories

How To Add Maca to Your Diet:

Maca’s benefits are usually noticed very quickly after you start adding them to your diet. Remember to start taking maca slowly, starting with 1/2 tsp a day and working up over a week or two’s time until you reach 1-2 tsp a day.  It’s actually good to take time off from maca, so your body doesn’t get too accustomed to it.  If you take it for a week, take a week off or a month on, month off.  Find a good cycle that works for you!  Also, keep in mind maca has an earthy, nutty flavor which sometimes can have hints of butterscotch, now here are some ideas for how to add maca to your meals:

  • Add to your smoothies
  • Mix or blend into your milk or juice
  • Mix into your muffin or pancake recipes
  • Stir into your hot breakfast cereal
  • Add it to your cookie recipes nn  bn
  • Sprinkle onto your popcorn (especially yummy if your popcorn is popped with coconut oil)

Where can you buy maca?  You can find it at most health food stores or buy maca online.

One Last Thing About Maca!

Because maca can have powerful effects on our bodies and to our health remember that it is NOT a drug. It is a plant and it is NOT toxic to our bodies.  If you are just starting out in your healthy lifestyle and you start taking maca, you may notice flu like systems, don’t be alarmed. Maca is SO nutrient dense that it is pushing all or “throwing out” all those toxins out of your body to replace with what your body is craving…nutrients!

Have you ever used maca? What was your experience?

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I'm a firm believer that you are what you eat and I want to be fresh, local, organic and healthy! I've spent a lifetime experimenting with natural foods, different diets and ways of eating, and have settled on the food philosophy that Michael Pollan expresses so well: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. I'm passionate about organic foods, natural living, cooking healthy meals, and improving my health on a daily basis.

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