Maca's scientific name is Lepidium meyenil, and it is commonly called Peruvian ginseng even though it is not a ginseng. It is a relative of the turnip and radish and is native to Peru and Colombia. The roots have been used for thousands of years by the Incas for their medicinal properties. According to Chris Kilham, founder of Medicine Hunter, Inc., maca was once used by Inca warriors to provide strength before battle. After battle, the warriors were not permitted to use maca, in order to keep their libido in check around the conquered women.
Maca contains calcium, zinc, iron, potassium, B vitamins, vitamin C, fiber, protein and fatty acids that improve your brain function and benefit your nervous system.
The major health benefits of including Maca Powder in your diet regularly are the following:
- A significant increase in energy, endurance and stamina. This makes Maca great for athletes and active people in general.
- Maca increases muscular strength. Historically, Incan warriors used the root regularly to boost their strength and prowess in natural bodybuilders.
- Peruvian Maca both increases libido as and acts as an aphrodisiac. Both fertility and sexual desire are improved after consuming Maca, making it a popular choice for couples trying to conceive as well as for both men and women wishing to regain their sexual desire. Note: We recommend Red Maca for women and Black Maca for men.
- Peruvian Maca helps the body to regulate hormonal processes. Maca can be used to treat hormonal dysfunctions caused by menopause in women and andropause in men. It works to lessen the symptoms both of these life changes. Maca also can improve other conditions related to hormonal imbalance such as acne, unexplained weight gain/loss, thyroid imbalances and more.
- Maca root works as an excellent memory enhancer. Scientific studies shows that it increases the neural activity in the brain and also promotes laser like focus and concentration skills.
- Peruvian Maca helps increase blood circulation in your body. Taking Maca reduces anemia and supports wound healing. Also, many of our customers report that it leaves them with healthier and glowing skin.
- As an adaptogen, Maca helps to regulate and stabilize the various systems in your body such as the lymph system, the circulatory system, the hormonal system, the musculature system etc. Maca is one of the few herbs/foods known that is a true “adaptogen.” These kinds of herbs have the ability to “adapt” to an individual body and provide the specific healing and support most needed in that individual. The Asian herb ginseng is an example of another adaptogen. Interestingly, Maca is sometimes referred to as “Peruvian ginseng.”
- Bonus: because of it’s ability to stabilize hormones, Maca also supports emotional health. Many are using Maca to get rid of long standing emotional issues such as anger, depression and powerlessness.