I’ve been hearing that many women have started adding maca to their diet. The truth is, I’d never heard about this foot before, but today it’s quite popular!
Maca has not been formally studied, and not much has been written about it. So prior to trying maca, it’s important to know some facts and to ask your doctor before trying it.
What is Maca?
Maca is a root that belongs to the radish family that grows in central Peru in the high plateaus of the Andes Mountains. This root has an odor similar to butterscotch. It was used for many years to help anemia, fertility, energy and much more. Now you can find it pill, liquid and powder form.
When you first start using maca, it’s best to begin by adding smaller amounts to your shakes, salads, foods, beverages and then build up from there— 1/2 teaspoon is a good place to start. One tablespoon (of the powder) is an average daily dose, but it is also good to take days off from maca. I recommend adding to your shakes three times per week.
Benefits and Fitness Uses
Energy: Many athletes take maca to increase performance and boost energy levels. Try it with your pre-workout shake or meal to increase natural energy.
Vitamins: Maca is rich in vitamin B, C and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. Maca supplies iron and helps restore red blood cells, which is why it is used to aid anemia and cardiovascular diseases.
Exercise: Maca may help promote lean muscle mass as part of an exercise regimen. .
Sexual function: Maca is widely used to promote sexual function and boost libido for both men and women, as well as balancing hormones and increasing fertility. (Note: if you are pregnant you can’t use maca.)
Including Maca in Your Diet
Mix one tablespoon of maca powder into a blender or food processor with your protein shake with a banana and strawberries for a delicious start to your day.
Remember— talk to your doctor before using maca because it can promote some hormone changes.