Maca is a root vegetable native to the Andes mountains of Peru which goes by the Latin name Lepidium meyenii. It is sometimes called Peruvian ginseng. The roots of the Maca plant have been ground up and used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.
Maca root improves energy and stamina and is commonly used by bodybuilders and athletes. The reason for the energy boost is not related to caffeine or any other stimulant, but instead due to the fact that it stabilizes blood sugar levels, which helps prevent energy crashes. Maca is also known for having positive psychological effects, reducing anxiety and depression.
Maca is proven to have positive effects on sexual health in both men and women. It improves hormonal balance in women, improves fertility in men, and has been proven to increase libido in both men and women when taken regularly. Maca is also shown to improve brain function to help with memory and overall learning ability by way of omega-3 fatty acids.
Last but not least, maca is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, iron, amino acids, as well as fiber and protein. Maca root is also rich in antioxidants which reduce disease-forming free radicals.
Maca root powder is easy to incorporate into the diet. It has a bit of an earthy, nutty flavor and it can be mixed in with juices and shakes, or sprinkled over cereal and oatmeal to name a few. Maca is considered very safe for both adults and children. Normal recommended dosage is around a teaspoon to a tablespoon.
Consult with a doctor before using any dietary supplements if you are pregnant, nursing, or taking any medications.