Thursday, September 9, 2010

Magical Maca

A facebook friend recently posted her excitement about discovering Maca.  It IS exciting!!  She was mostly excited about the hormone balancing effects, but there is so much more to Maca.

It is considered a Superfood.  It grows at the highest elevation on earth and can stand extreme daily temperature fluctuations - sunset at 64 degrees down to 14 degrees (freezing conditions).  Imagine what eating that kind of food, with that kind of stamina can do for your body!

According to studies, Maca can increase energy, endurance, oxygen in the blood, physical strength, neurotransmitter production, and libido (yeah, natural viagra!).  Its magicallness supports the endocrine system, the adrenals, and the thyroid.  It typically improves mood, and helps support healthy hormone production.

Maca is member of the cruciferous family.  Huh??  It's in the broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, turnip, and radish family.  It is found in capsule form, but I highly recommend getting it in organic powder form.  You can easily add it to smoothies, tea, coffee - any beverage really.  It has a light nutty flavor.

Maca is rich in Vitamins B1, B2, C, and E.  It is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur, sodium, and iron.  It contains trace minerals including zinc, iodine, copper, selenium, bismuth, manganese, tin, and silicon.

No wonder they call it the Superfood!  When our bodies are getting the dense nutrients like this our bodies can naturally heal, perform efficiently, and feel satisfied.

There is more... Its slightly more than 10% protein, 8.5% fiber, and approximately 59% carbohydrates (our bodies need good carbs).  Dried maca powder contains 20 amino acids and seven essential amino acids ("essential" meaning it can't be synthesized, but our bodies need it).  Although it is not a complete protein, it is a great source of hormone precursors and amino acids that it provides many of the same effects created by a high-protein diet. 

Enough with the details... I'm so NOT a detail oriented person, but this is good info to know!

Here are some of the conditions Maca is known to improve:
Chronic Fatigue,
Infertility and sterility in humans and livestock
Lack of libido
Menopausal symptoms
Menstrual discomfort and disorders
Poor memory
Stomach cancer
Stress tension

With anything new try it for a month or so to see the effects.  I did my own experiment for a straight month and noticed a big difference in my hormone balance (skin, pms).  I put it in every smoothie I make. 

I truly believe our bodies have the ability to heal when given the best ingredients to do so.  So, if you're suffering with any adrenal, endocrine, hormonal, thyroid, infertility condition (or what I listed above) - give maca a try for a month or so.  I love to see people come off medications and heal from natural resources.

Have a Maca-licious Day!!

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