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Maca

The MACA plant, known scientifically as Lepidium meyenii, is sometimes referred to as Peruvian ginseng. Maca is a plant that grows in central Peru in the high plateaus of the Andes Mountains. It has been cultivated as a vegetable crop in this area for at least 3000 years. Maca is a relative of the radish and has an odor similar to butterscotch. Its root is used to make medicine. Maca is a cruciferous vegetable and therefore related to broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and kale. It has a long history of culinary and medicinal use in Peru. The main edible part of the plant is the root, which grows underground. It exists in several colors, ranging from white to black. Maca root is generally dried and consumed in powder form, but it’s also available in capsules and as a liquid extract. In foods, maca is eaten baked or roasted, prepared as a soup, and used for making a fermented drink called maca chicha.

Early Spanish explorers in South America noted that Maca worked both to enhance fertility and as an energizing tonic. Maca has maintained a reputation for boosting energy ever since. What’s interesting, though, as compared with coffee and tea, Maca does not stress the adrenals. The taste of maca root powder, which some people dislike, has been described as earthy and nutty. Many people add it to their smoothies, oatmeal and sweet treats. Maca root powder is high in protein and carbs and rich in a number of nutrients, including vitamin C, copper and iron. It also contains many bioactive plant compounds. In agriculture, it is used to increase fertility in livestock.

We know that Maca root has been used to boost energy for several thousand years. Although the first written reference to the simple root comes from 1553 in a chronicle of the Spanish conquest of the Andes, oral traditions confirm that the root has long been valued as a nutritional supplement, a fertility enhancer for both animals and humans and an energizer. Maca’s potency was so valued to the inhabitants of high altitudes in the Andes that it was often used as a currency for trade. In addition, warriors, both Incan and Spanish consumed large amounts of Maca root before going into battle in order to increase their energy, prowess and recovery time. - A good number of studies have been focused on Maca’s ability to increase fertility and libido. There have just been a few that have focused on Maca and energy. But the results have been impressive.

1. In 2009 5 researchers from Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne published a study performed on athletes. One group of athletes was given Maca powder for 14 days while another group was given a placebo. At the end of the two weeks, they all completed a 40 km cycling course. When times were compared to previous bests on the same course, researchers discovered that the group taking Maca significantly reduced their times while the placebo group remained the same. The researches concluded that the promising results suggest the need for longer and more clinical studies on Maca for energy.
2. Another study in 2001 found that Maca increased the energy and the sexual performance of male rats, making them both more able to reproduce and to sustain physical activity longer and more consistently.
3. A self perception study performed in 2006 by G.E. Gonzalez showed that Maca acted as an energizer compared with placebo in otherwise healthy men.
4. Finally, a study from 2004 in Australia revealed that Maca powder, at a dosage of 3-5 grams per day, reduces psychological symptoms, including anxiety and depression, and lowers measures of sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women independent of estrogenic and androgenic activity.

Maca is an Adaptogen. Adaptogens are very rare plants (another example is ginseng) that raise the physical body’s state of resistance to diseases through physiological and emotional health improvements. Adaptogens have a normalizing effect, i.e. counteracting or preventing disturbances to homeostasis brought about by stressors. Moreover, they offer a broad range of therapeutic effects without causing any major side effects.

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