What do you mean “lost crop of the Incas”?
Maca is a powerful root vegetable, which is a must for people requiring a boost to their energy or general wellbeing; something which is a common request from our customers. It is also a powerful adaptogen meaning that it can help with many different needs that the body requires in times of stress by correcting imbalances whilst giving strength and self healing sending it to where the body needs it.
The story of maca begins in Peru where it has been declared one of the “lost crops of the Incas,” where it has been cultivated by Peruvian Indians as far back as 3800BC. It was eaten for it nutritional and medicinal properties. Maca is very resilient; it is able to grow at some of the highest altitudes in the world and no other plant comes close to growing in such conditions. It comes from the same family as of cruciferous vegetable as broccoli and cauliflower and can be prepared as other starchy root vegetable such as parsnips and potatoes.
Nutritionally maca can benefit both men and women, making it ideal for increasing energy, balancing hormones, increasing stamina and athletic performance. This is because maca is a good source of the B vitamins group, which can become depleted during times of stress. Bio-available protein can be found in maca containing 18 out of 22 of the essential amino acids needed to build protein in the body. It contains 31 different minerals including significant quantities of calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, zinc, iron, phosphorous, selenium and manganese.
As a hormone balancer, it can benefit women at all stages of their life e.g PMT, pregnancy and adolescence, due to the ability of maca working on the pituitary gland which regulates all hormone production in the body. It can particularly help if a female is premenopausal, in the menopause or postmenopausal. Maca can improve libido in both men and women for similar reasons, as maca has beneficial effects on the hypothalamus glad which is central to its adaptogenic properties and aphrodisiac effects. Maca and cacao (also grown in Peru) can have amazing effects as an aphrodisiac!
When introducing maca into the diet, it is important to treat it gently as it is a very powerful superfood. It is advisable to begin with half a teaspoon daily in a smoothie or shake for 3 or 4 days, then increase to a teaspoon while monitoring ones energy levels if you require more, or if the current energy level is enough remain on this dose. Initially, maca can make you feel more tired but those symptoms usually pass as you gain a new and improved sense of drive and direction. This is due to a slight detox phase which can happen.
Maca is so much more than a superfood containing nutrients. It’s ability to assist the whole body as a powerful adaptogen and it’s effect in supporting us holistically, especially in times of difficulty is what makes it a must for a healthy body.