Maca Root – Nearly 4x the Calcium Found in Dairy!

This crazy little plant which was first found in the high altitudes in Peru (so was quinoa) and has some incredible powers…especially for women! However, be careful when using it if you have a Hyperthyroid…It will throw off your hormones like it did for me.maca-root

Maca is a root vegetable. Peruvian farmers noticed livestock grazing in areas that contained maca root were more likely to be healthier and stronger than their counterparts. Plus, the animals were more likely to…lets say copulate. The plant is full of many health promoting vitamins and minerals, which led naturopathic folks to begin using it as food.

It’s function is touted as a “super-food” like quinoa due to its many reported benefits. It is most often used to promote sexual and reproductive health, but proponents also say it can increase endurance and energy levels, and can help to treat diseases ranging from depression to cancer.

First, for the ladies:

Maca root is often also used instead of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in menopausal women. It affects the pituitary gland. While HRT stimulates hormone production and can cause ovaries to atrophy, maca root simply helps to balance it without damaging a woman’s body. This is pretty cool, even if I am not a woman. What man wouldn’t want a balanced wife or GF when she is going through this phase of there life.

Maca is also considered effective in relieving PMS symptoms. Since many of these symptoms seem to be directly related to the body’s inability to fully absorb the vitamins and minerals it needs, maca root’s antioxidant properties and hormone-balancing qualities are a good way to counteract that.

“Whenever possible, I prefer to use maca therapy rather than hormone replacement therapy because HRT actually ages the body diminishing the hormone producing capability of the glands,” says Dr. Rebbe Gabriel Cousens, a diplomat of the American Board of Holistic Medicine. “Maca has proved to be very effective with menopausal patients in eliminating hot flashes and depression and in increasing energy levels.”
Now for the men:
Maca for Male Libido

Among the top reasons men choose to take Maca is to restore their libido. Maca works on various levels to support a healthy sex drive. First, it’s high nutrient content revitalizes the entire body.   Second, Maca works to elevate testosterone levels thereby increasing energy, stamina and vitality.   Finally, Maca contains unique nutrients called macaenes and macamides that are associated with supporting healthy libido.

Maca for E.D.

One of the things that Maca does quite well is to increase blood circulation.   When combined with a boost in libido, Maca has been seen to help men overcome mild erectile dysfunction. A recent study of the effects of Maca for men with mild ED showed that more than 1/2 of the patient studied reported “significant’ improvements in terms of ED and general sexual well-being.

Maca for Men’s Fertility

Fertility for both men and women is the longest and most common use of Maca.   We know that people who live in the high Andes of Peru have used Maca root to boost both human and livestock fertility for 2000 years. Fast forward to today, Maca is still used as a first recourse for couples wanting to conceive in Peru. Recent studies from Switzerland and Peru confirm that Black Maca in particular both raises sperm count and motility and increases sexual desire.

Maca for Increased Testosterone

Maca does not contain testosterone or any other hormone.  Instead it stimulates the body to produce and regulate hormones in order to achieve a healthy hormone balance. Maca works to raise what is known as “free testosterone” which is a natural testosterone that helps restore youthful energy and even appearance.  All Maca colors work well for this purpose.

Maca for Energy and Stamina

For the people leaving at high elevations in Peru where Maca grows (14,000 feet and above) Maca is essential to maintaining healthy energy and stamina.   Several scientific studies have also confirmed that Maca has a positive effect on endurance and energy levels.  In one study, cyclists were able to bring their 40 km times down significantly after just 12 days on Maca.   Another study showed that regular Maca dosage improved stamina among lab mice nearly 20%.   Black Maca seems to have the most positive effect for this use.

Maca for Strong Bones

In 2010 a team of 6 researchers reported that Red and Black Maca were found to be the best at improving and protecting bone structure especially in mice who had their ovaries removed. This is in part due to the high calcium content of Maca (nearly 4 times that of milk).

Maca for Enhanced Mental Focus, Clarity and Memory

One final use of Maca for men is to boost concentration, memory and learning. A recent study from China (2011) found that Black Maca in particular helped improve memory by 10% and speed learning by nearly 15%.

For myself, I use Maca root as a dusting for flour when I make breaded anything. I have just started using it so check back and I will give you an update on how it effects myself and my wife, the Dairy Free Diva #dairyfreediva #gandhiofglutenfree

Thanks to the Maca team for some of this content.



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