Maca, maca, maca! Although it doesn't have quite the same ring as the Brady Bunch-era slogan, maca is really something special, both for you and for the people around you as your mood lightens and there's a swing in your step. Maca is a superfood in the true sense of the word. It has a natural sweetness and is a perfect addition to your supplement "arsenal", whether you are looking for a stress-reducing adaptogenic effect or even a little bit of a bounce to your boogie, so to speak (maca is known for its potential to enhance libido – neato!) ~
For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.
According to Sunfood, Maca is a pretty amazing thing to behold: maca is a root vegetable grown in the Peruvian Andes. It was sacred to the Incas and has been used as a food and medicine in South America for centuries. It is well known for its ability to help enhance strength and endurance. In fact, Incan warriors would often consume maca before long journeys and battles. Today’s athletes are confirming what history has to say about this incredible superfood. Our maca is grown at high elevations in areas untouched by pollution where it is sun-dried & low-temperature processed into a fine powder. Inferior maca products are grown at lower elevations and processed at higher temperatures. Sunfood maca powder has a unique nutty flavor that goes well with sweet or savory dishes.
Why Raw Maca Powder is so good for you
Organic Maca is a mat-like perennial that grows between 13,000 and 14,500 feet above sea level in the beautiful, pristine Junín valley in the high Andean plateaus of Peru. Its tuberous roots resemble those of its relative the radish. To Andean Indians, organic maca is a highly valuable commodity. The sweet, spicy dried root is considered a delicacy. Organic maca boiled in water is sweeter than cocoa. Organic maca pudding and jam are popular. It is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and iron, and contains trace minerals, including zinc, iodine, copper, selenium, bismuth, manganese and silica, as well as B vitamins. It also contains four alkaloids proven in scientific investigation to nourish the endocrine glands, including the reproductive system of men and women.
Here are some of the amazing nutrients and potential benefits of Maca
Scientific studies are gradually confirming the effects attributed to this prodigious plant since the Incas. Organic maca is considered one of the plants with the highest international development potential. Because of its multiple effects, it has an ample application field, from improving athletes’ performance, to fighting infertility. The effects demonstrated on fertility and sexual activity could be due to an action in the pituitary gland, in charge of sexual maturation. Likewise, organic maca could activate the calcitonin hormone that regulates the metabolism of calcium and phosphorus in the blood, secreted by the thyroid gland and the parahormone of the parathyroid gland. Alkaloids of maca could act as stimulants of the red globules formation and human and animal reproduction. Here are some of maca's many wonders:
- Contains an abundance of unique plant sterols (like beta-sitasterol) that can assist in boosting hormone health in both men and women.
- Is a world-class adaptogen (just like Ginseng), which means it naturally helps your body adapt and improve its response to stress.
- Is filled with compounds called “Madamides” and “Macaenes” that are believed to be responsible for its powerful aphrodisiac properties.
- Unlike most herbs, Maca is incredibly easy to digest and assimilate—which means that regardless of your age, chances are high you’ll feel the benefits of Maca.
Maca is a highly protein rich food. It also has a large content of amino acids (18), carbohydrates (60-75%) and some vitamins (A, B1-thiamine, B2-riboflavin, B3, niacin, B6, B12, C, E, carotene), minerals and oligoelements including calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, magnesium, copper, sodium, potassium, selenium, boron, manganese and aluminium.
- Alkaloids: Several alkaloids such as macaina, macaridina and macamides as well as Chacon alkaloids 1, 2, 3 and 4 have been identified
- Fatty acids: lauric, mysitic, plamitic, palmitoleic, stearic, oleic, linoleic, linolenic, arachidic, behenic, nervonic, lignoceric, tridecanoic, 7-tridecanoic, pentadecanoic, 7-pentadecanoic, heptadecanoic, 9-heptadecanoic, nonadecanoic, 11-nonadecanoic, 15-eicosenoic
- Sterols: campesterol, stigmasterol, sitosterol, brassicasterol, ergosterol, ergostadienol
- Glucosinolates: benzyl Isothiocyanat, p- methoxybenzyl isothiocyanate.
- Steroid triterpenes and steroid type saponins
- Phenolic compounds: Tannins
- Flavonoids: Coumarins, Anthocyanins ß-ecdysone
How to use Maca powder:
Smoothies are the easiest way to go, because you’re probably having them anyhow. A tablespoon per smoothie is about right. Peruvians eat a lot of this stuff as a food, so you can’t really add too much. Maca works best if you take a day or two off sometimes; better than having it every day.
Add 1-2 teaspoons of maca powder to smoothies, or try in your favorite recipe! Mix it into teas, nut milks, coffee, protein drinks, or just about any natural beverage you can think of. Maca is also a great addition to dessert creations, homemade jams, broths and puddings. Maca has an unusual relationship with cacao nibs and all cacao products in general. Mix maca into all your favorite chocolate treats and experience real culinary magic.
About Sunfood, in their own words
Years ago, a group of health minded individuals noticed an alarming trend in their towns and communities. They saw friends and family eating and drinking dead, processed foods full of chemicals. They knew that this was the path to obesity and disease, ultimately leading to western medicine’s suppression of symptoms with drugs and scalpels. This is not true healing.
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