Maca is a root vegetable native to the Andes Mountains in South America. Maca root (lepidium meyenii) is a relative of cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli and cabbage, but due to its unique properties it considered to be a “superfood.” It has traditionally been used to enhance both the female and male libido, and help treat a variety of illnesses. But today this superfood is readily available as a dietary supplement in the form of powder, liquid and a pill. Maca is being used regularly by athletes to increase stamina and enhance their athletic performance, as well as help speed up post-workout muscle recovery.
Key Health Benefits
- Over 20 amino acids, including 8 essential amino acids.
- 20 free-form fatty acids (such as lauric, linolenic, palmitic acid, oleic , and steric acid)
- Vitamins B-1, B-2, C and E.
Maca has all the protein, amino acids, vitamins and minerals that you need to fuel your workouts. In addition, its antioxidant properties help to prevent delayed-onset muscle soreness after an intense workout. Incorporating this “superfood” into your diet, will help increase performance and boost energy levels. Try it with your pre-workout shake or meal to increase natural energy and help build lean muscle mass. Finally, high levels of calcium and magnesium in this magical root, help promote healthy bones, possibly reducing your chances of fractures.
– Excessive consumption of maca may result in an over-load of iron, high levels of estrogen, impaired thyroid function, fatigue, abdominal cramping, and headaches.
– People with thyroid conditions, as well as breastfeeding or pregnant women – should not take maca.
I am a strong believer of you are what you eat. I am always looking for new ways to improve my health and provide my body with all that it needs to survive the many harsh elements of the today’s world. Do you have a favorite “superfood” ? I would love to hear how you fuel your body each day. Share in the comments below, maybe your ideas will inspire my next post.