Maca from Peru is one of the best foods for increasing overall health, well being and energy levels. Maca, most commonly available in powder form, grows high in the Peruvian Andes and has been used for centuries by people indigenous to the area. Since vitality. It is currently used by thousands of people worldwide.
Peruvian maca powder is considered to be an ‘adaptogen’, like gingseng. Adaptogens are powerful in that they help the body with a variety of functions depending on what the body needs in any given moment. Asan adaptogen, maca helps to regulate and stabilize the various systems in the body such as the lymph system, the circulatory system, the hormonal system, the musculature system etc. Maca goes wherever the body needs the most help. That means that Maca works with a broad spectrum of conditions and will work differently depending on the person taking it.
First, people taking maca consistently often report an increase in energy, endurance and stamina. This is particularly true of athletes and very active people. Maca also has been shown to increase muscle size and strength. Interestingly, Incan warriors used the root to prepare for battle. Maca acts similar to an anabolic muscle enhancer. That’s why it is found in many natural bodybuilding supplements.
Second, Peruvian Maca powder is used to quickly increase libido in both men and women. For this reason it is used commonly by couples trying to conceive. To date there are no long term studies of Maca’s ability to increase fertility. However, the anecdotal evidence suggests that somewhere around fifty percent of couples trying the treatment conceive after 1 year. That makes Maca a great potential alternative to expensive and invasive fertility treatments.
Third, Peruvian Maca helps the body regulate and balance its hormones. This is particularly important for women who are undergoing menopause. Women taking Maca powder regularly during menopause often report a decrease in the symptoms associated with it.
Fourth, Maca root powder is a memory and brain enhancer. Several studies show that it increases neural activity in the brain. On a related note, Maca also helps increase the circulation of blood. Anemia has been reduced with regular Maca use. In addition wounds heal much faster when people take Maca regularly.