Maca, is an herbaceous plant that’s native to the high Andes of Peru. It has been cultivated and used as a vegetable crop for thousands of years. It’s a relative of the radish family and has a smell much like that of butterscotch. Grown for the nutritional value and health benefits of its root, Maca was discovered to have the ability to support fertility in people and agricultural animals alike. Perhaps its history of enhancement is why it’s sometimes called the ‘Peruvian Ginseng’.
Used medicinally, the tuber (root) is an unsung hero. It is an adaptogen, this means it has the ability to help your body ‘adapt’ to stresses by regulating itself naturally. Maca has been used for treating anemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, energy enhancement, stamina, memory, and has a historically known benefit with fertility support.
It appears that Maca has a direct effect on hormones. Especially those effecting fertility and the sometimes enigmatic female reproductive system and all the supporting hormonal roles. Many women use Maca for female hormone imbalance, menstrual problems, and easing the symptoms of menopause. Its support with these functions is the very reason it has sustained a place in this world for so long.
If you are in need of a little something ‘extra’ in your diet, Maca may be something you’ll want to try. The benefits, for many, have proven to be most favorable. However, Maca should not be overused. You may want to check with your doctor if you are on any hormonal medication. Yes, Maca is that powerful. That said, consider trying this as a healthy step towards good hormonal health.
MACA Madness Smoothie
Sometimes all we need is a Maca smoothie to sooth the savage soul. Whip this up and then drink, breathe, and relax!
INGREDIENTS: (organic when possible)
1 heaping Tablespoon Maca powder
1 Cup raspberries (use frozen and omit the ice)
2 Cups raw spinach (or 1 C frozen)
1 ripe banana
1 Cup unsweetened almond milk
A few ice cubes for chill if needed.
Drop everything into a blender and mix until smooth.