Maca is a plant originating in Peru, it grows on the Andes in Peru and Bolivia for thousands of years. It belongs to the species of the Lepidium meyenii group of plants. It produces leaves that grow above the ground, are not high but it is distinguished by its white color. The medicinal part of the plant is not the part that we can see with the eye at first glance, but the root. The root of Maca has been known for centuries with its nutritional and healing qualities. Once it is traditionally chosen, the root is dried and made in the form of powder.
One of its major benefits to human health is the power to boost libido and provide energy. It is a powerful adaptogen, which means it has the power to maintain and stabilize the human cardiovascular, muscular, nervous and lymphatic system.
Maca has the ability to provide extra energy if it is needed by humans without unnecessarily stimulating too many other human systems.
Perua Biologist Dr. Gloria Chacon de Popivici explores how Maca alkaloids act on the hypothalamus and adrenal glands. By activating these endocrine glands, Maca gives the ability to increase levels of energy, vitality and libido. It improves memory and increases oxygen in the blood. Although it affects mood and energy, it is still necessary to emphasize that the greatest advantage of using this root is obtained in the part of reproductive health.
Its composition provides high nutritional values ensuring high quality vitamins and minerals. Maca powder for the most part contains 60% carbohydrates, 9% fiber, and about 10% or more of proteins. Linolinic acid, palmitic acid and oleic acid-primary fatty acids are very important in the lipid composition.
Maca is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur, potassium and iron and contains small amounts of other minerals such as zinc, iodine, copper, selenium, manganese and silica, as well as vitamins B1, B2, C and E. This root contains over 20 amino acids of which seven essential amino acids. Rich is a source of sterols and has a high proportion of proteins and fibers unlike other root vegetables.
Are there any side effects from the use of Maca?
In toxicology studies carried out in the United States, Maca has not shown toxicity and adverse pharmacological effects. Maca should be used in a balanced and moderation with other natural products and foods.
The biggest effects are achieved when Maca is consumed in the form of a supplement. The positive side is that as an additive it can be used and added to the food as troubles, teas, yogurts, puddings, stews, soups, oat flakes, muffins, and even cookies.
Maca is a powerful super food and needs to be used moderately.