Maca is a root from the Peruvian highlands, it has been referred to as `Peruvian Ginseng` and is an adaptogenic and aphrodisiac. Maca root actually provides the body with many nutrients, including essential minerals of potassium and calcium. It also contains protein, carbohydrates, and fatty acids. It is known to be a hormone balancer, and support adrenal function, libido enhancer, as well as promote energy and vitality in both Men and Women.
Maca is often referred to as a natural hormone balancer, an adaptogen that can treat symptoms of menopause and sexual dysfunction in both men and women. It supports and nourishes the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland which are the “master glands” of the body. These glands that regulate other glands in the body including the adrenals, thyroid, pancreas, ovarian and testicular glands.
Maca supports the adrenal gland function, is very important in times of stress when the adrenal glands produce large amounts of adrenaline. When the adrenaline gland is supported and balanced it can contribute to greater efficiency in cellular metabolism, energy production and stamina. It also supports the uptake of glucose for energy and reduces the storage of fat. Athletes sometimes use maca to boost energy and stamina, and there are reports that this root can increase mental function as well.
Maca comes in powder form, it can be incorporated into the diet easily by adding it to smoothies, yogurt, dips and even in energy bars, cookies, cakes. Substitute Maca for Flour, approximately ½ tsp. of maca for each cookie, or 1 tsp. for cakes and muffin mixes. The recommended dosage for powder is about 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon each day, but much higher doses of maca have been well-tolerated, and there have been no toxic effects associated with this substance.