Used for Centuries by Peruvians, Benefits of Maca Root Are Taking the World by Storm
Some things just work.
There’s a reason why Peruvians have been eating various forms of maca root for thousands of years. Obviously, for most of that time they didn’t know why it helped boost their energy before battle, or strengthen their libido, or improve their memory. They just knew it did.
The funny thing is that today, even with all the scientific advancement, the causes of the prolific benefits of maca root are still somewhat of a mystery. But we have learned a few things.
What you’re about to read represents just some of what has been unraveled of the maca root mystery. Come see why this unique root from 13,000 feet up in the windblown, icy Andes Mountains has grabbed health-conscious enthusiasts by the heart (a now healthier heart) and has refused to let them go.
Let’s begin with some of the strongest maca root benefits that have been explored in research or revealed by experience:
Few other plants can claim such a diverse array of nutrients and health properties. Here’s a sampling of what maca root does:
The more maca root gets studied, the more we learn about its health-producing properties.
And, we haven’t yet mentioned the number one maca root benefit (at least, in our opinion):
Maca root is an ‘adaptogen’, which means it can help regulate your hormones as they respond to various stresses on your body systems. This is what your endocrine system does.
When hormones get out of whack, many other body systems can suffer as a result. This is possibly the reason why maca root seems to have so many health benefits. Many of the health problems maca root seems to help – stress, inflammation, liver function, anxiety, struggles in libido, fertility, and menopause – are affected by hormones. So a root that seems to affect all of these likely does so because of its adaptogenic properties.
It’s stabilizing your hormones, which in effect causes a chain reaction throughout your body and affects all these other systems.
That’s why maca root deserves the term ‘superfood.’
Maca root is like a shotgun of nutrients blasting throughout your body, affecting all your body systems in various ways. Check this out:
1 ounce (28 grams) of maca root contains the following nutrients:
*Maca root also has Vitamin A, B2, niacin, zinc, iodine, calcium, and magnesium.
But wait – there’s more. Maca also boasts healthy fatty acids linolenic acid, palmitic acid, oleic acid (which benefit the heart), 19 amino acids (19!!), and sulfurs that help produce a “master antioxidant” known as gluthionine, which boosts liver function and helps it detoxify.
Are you getting the picture?
Maca root is a nutrient ninja.
Most people describe the taste as something earthy, or nutty, with a butterscotch odor. But it can be consumed in many forms – liquid, powdered, raw, capsules, roasted, baked, prepared as soup, or even used to make a local drink called maca chichi.
Most people in the U.S. and Canada prefer maca root in its powder form, and then add it to things like oatmeal, smoothies, and baked treats.
While its first mention in writing came in 1553 in a Spanish chronicle by Cieza de Leon, maca root has been eaten by Peruvians for over 3000 years, at minimum. De Leon wrote at length about the Bombon provincial location where he observed it, the stormy remote highlands where it grows, and the root itself.
About a hundred years later, Father Cobo described the stimulating effects of the maca, and was the first to record its name. He also wrote about how it grows in the coldest, harshest environments, in places where no other plants suitable for human consumption could grow.
Now that the whole world is interconnected, superfoods like maca root can’t stay hiding the mountains any longer, and Peru exports maca root all over as more people learn about and experience its unparalleled benefits.
On top all this, another reason maca root stands alone even among superfoods is because of its shelf life – up to a year! How many other plant-based foods can claim that?
On its own, not much can beat maca root for such an explosive diversity of nutrients and health benefits.
But what about a meal that has maca root, plus about 70 more plant-based superfoods and healthy ingredients? That’s what’s in Ka’Chava, the Mayan word for Earth, which we used because so many of the superfoods in Ka’Chava come from South America.
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